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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Arsenal hold on for draw

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posted on Sep, 18 2004 @ 09:51 AM
Arsenal's invincible Premiership status was given a thorough test as Bolton twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with the Gunners at Highbury.

The Gunners extended their unbeaten league run to 46 games but Arsene Wenger's men were not at their best against Sam Allardyce's battling Trotters.

Jens Lehmann gave a shaky display in goal, especially when he failed to stop Radhi Jaidi from heading in an equaliser - his first Premiership goal - in the second half. That cancelled out Thierry Henry's first-half strike and although Arsenal were soon celebrating again - Robert Pires flicking the home side back in front on 66 minutes - another equaliser followed five minutes from time.

Substitute Henrik Pedersen latched on to a Les Ferdinand flick-on to sweep the ball across Lehmann. The home side staged an onslaught on the visitors' goal in the closing stages but Bolton held on to extend their own unbeaten run to four games - and give Wenger food for thought ahead of his 55th birthday on Wednesday.

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