2006-11-26

Anelka's goals beat Arsenal

The Gunners faced this game with high expectations, but Nicolas Anelka surprised everybody with two goals against his former side. In the end, Bolton Wanderers beat Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday to move up to third in the English Premier Laegue.

The French striker's goals and the opening goal from Abdoulaye Faye was too much for Arsenal, for which Gilberto Silva's strike in the end proved to be a mere consolation.

We must keep in mind that Arsenal was without the injured Thierry Henry. Faye put the home side ahead on nine minutes and Anelka opened his account on the stroke of half-time, smashing the ball into the net from around 25 yards.

Brazilian midfielder Gilberto gave Arsene Wenger's side hope within seconds of Anelka's goal as he pulled one back with a header. But though the Londoners hit the woodwork three times in the second half, it was the home side who scored again as Anelka outpaced the defence to net the third 14 minutes from time.