Arsenal vs Bolton: Half-time report, 0-0
Written by Chris on January 10, 2009 16:41
How do you break down a very sad Bolton side which clearly came at the Emirates for a draw, with almost all players defending in the penalty area? Surely not with Denilson and Diaby as central midfielders.
With Nasri starting on the left, Eboue on the right and Denilson-Diaby in central midfield, it’s Samir doing the movement, coming in a more central position when possible and trying to brighten up an Arsenal side very short of ideas. If Denilson and Diaby don’t get replaced at half-time, we may be heading towards a useless, painful goalless draw.
Arsenal’s only half-chances came in the first 30 minutes of the half. In the 12th minute, Nasri picks the ball from the left, makes his way into the center, picks Van Persie in the penalty area but the Dutchman’s effort is high. Four minutes later it’s Samir’s turn to try his luck from long-range but his effort is high, just like Clichy’s in the 29th minute.
Bolton are happy to sit back, watch Arsenal pass the ball, put pressure on Denilson and Diaby who are supposed to create for the strikers and watch time go by. Diaby and Denilson were given yet another chance to show something, and yet again they failed. Time to make changes in midfield as just like the Portsmouth match, we need different solutions to break down this wall of white shirts. Nasri to move to a permanent central position, Ramsey to team up with him and Vela to come in to fill Samir’s gap on the left. By doing so, we may get the creativity we so much lacked in the first half.
Needless to say, with Aston Villa winning at home against West Brom, today’s match has to finish in a win or else we may find ourselves in a very difficult position.
Full-time report and ratings
Arsenal vs Bolton: 1-0, full-time report and player ratings – Why wait so much to make changes?