MATCH SPY: Bendtner spares blush with late winner against Bolton
PUBLISHED: 12:17 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:47 07 September 2010
ARSENAL 1-0 BOLTON WANDERERS Arsene Wenger took a veiled dig at Bolton s defensive tactics as Arsenal had to wait 84 minutes before finally breaking down Gary Megson s side. Nicklas Bendtner spared their blushes when he flew in at the far post to volley
ARSENAL 1-0 BOLTON WANDERERS
Arsene Wenger took a veiled dig at Bolton's defensive tactics as Arsenal had to wait 84 minutes before finally breaking down Gary Megson's side.
Nicklas Bendtner spared their blushes when he flew in at the far post to volley home Robin van Persie's teasing cross after the Gunners had spurned a host of second half chances.
Earlier van Persie had hit the woodwork and fired over while both Bendtner and Emmanuel Adebayor had missed routine opportunities to score.
The goal came just as Bolton's heroic rearguard action looked to have earned them a point. The Arsenal manager, clearly, was unimpressed with the visitors' lack of ambition.
"The Premier League has definitely lost something," he said. "When I came in 1996, everybody had a go at you and there was space up and down the flanks.
"Sometimes you lost the game, but you could see more chances than now.
"It's maybe one of the weaknesses of the top Premier League sides this year that teams have learned only to defend away from home, the leading clubs have all struggled with that - even Manchester United, with all their offensive force."
The three points, he added, were vital as his side stretched their unbeaten league run to eight games with only their sixth goal in their last six home games since that thrilling 4-4 draw with Tottenham on October 29.
"We cannot afford to drop points against Bolton at home, we are swimming against the stream enough already."
Bolton striker Kevin Davies justified his team's tactics - and claimed they were unlucky to lose their third successive league game at Emirates: "We have only got a small squad, then we had a suspensions and a few injuries, so we are all trying to work hard and can take a lot of positives out of the game because we probably deserved a point.
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