Posted by Barrie on Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Arsenal Go Top of the Premier League

A 4-2 come-from-behind victory for Arsenal over Bolton this evening sent the Gunners to the top of the league on goals scored.

Gary Cahill and a Matt Taylor penalty gave Bolton a surprise 2-0 lead at the Emirates this evening before Tomas Rosicky pulled an important goal back just before half time. I took a risky bet with their odds of 11/10 being very tempting at half time. Goals from Cesc Fabregas, Thomas Vermaelen and Andrey Arshavin in the second half won my bet and handed Bolton a second defeat to Arsenal in 4 days.

Manchester United can return to the top of the league on Saturday if they beat Hull. Although United would have played 1 more game than Arsenal and 2 more than Chelsea who are currently 1 point ahead of them.

Despite Robin van Persie's long-term injury, goals from midfield have aided Arsenal's run that has got them in the position they are in. Cesc Fabregas is in a run of form that puts him amongst the Player of the Season award. His fitness and form are vital for Arsenal's title challenge that has become serious over the past few games.

Arsenal's next 4 Premier League games are crucial to them are their competitors for the title, as they visit Villa Park in a week's time, having beat Villa 3-0 on boxing day. Hosting Manchester United is their next game before a trip to Chelsea and back home to play Liverpool.

Liverpool tonight got their chances of a top 4 finish back on track and eased the pressure on Rafa Benitez with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham to put them within 1 point of their opponents who hang on to 4th spot. Dirk Kuyt scored both goals. Liverpool's next Premier League game is a trip to Wolves on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa beat Blackburn Rovers 6-4 in their second leg of the Carling Cup semi final, winning 7-4 on aggregate and booking their place in February's final.

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