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September 24, 2011 / benwolfson08

Arsenal 3 — Bolton 0

Captain Robin van Persie had two goals against Bolton. Getty Images

It was a big day for the Arsenal faithful as they saw the Gunners take on the Bolton Wanderers Saturday morning.

Arsenal controlled possession for much of the first half but the score was 0-0. One minute into the second period was all captain Robin van Persie needed to score his first goal of the game. He beat Bolton’s keeper with his left foot at a ridiculous angle for a beautiful score.

He then struck again in the 71st minute after receiving a beautiful pass from Theo Walcott. This goal marked the Dutchman’s 100th career goal with Arsenal.

Alex Song lasered in a goal after that to seal the victory and gain Arsenal three points in the standings.

Here at the match highlights from today’s game.

Another thing that stood out was how dominant the defense was for Arsenal. They held possession 67% of the time against Bolton and only gave up three goal attempts, while having 27 of their own.

Van Persie celebrates after scoring his 100th career goal with Arsenal. John Sibley/Action Images

This win was great news for Gunners fans after learning earlier in the week that midfielder Jack Wilshere would be out “a period of months” after needing surgery on his right ankle.

The midfielder isn't expected back for Arsenal until 2012

In a report released by the Guardian it stated Wilshere’s right ankle had yet to heal despite it being in a walking boot for the past month.

It’s just so annoying because every little injury it feels like it sidelines an Arsenal player for months. Should the training staff be blamed for failing to properly diagnose injuries, causing players to require surgery?

Wilshere has had a tweak in his ankle since injuring it in the Emirates Cup this summer while playing against the New York Red Bulls. Teammate Thomas Vermaelen is also out for an extended period of time after having surgery on his ankle as well.

This was a huge win for Arsenal to get those three points in the standings, us Gunners fans needed good news after this start to the season.


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