Bolton Wanderers

Reebok Stadium
March 29, 2008

Today's FreezeFrame looks back at a thrilling fightback at the Reebok Stadium as Arsenal fought to stay in the 2007/08 title race.

The match came just over a month after a traumatic 2-2 draw at Birmingham, where Eduardo broke his leg and the Gunners' Premier League hopes took a major setback.

Since that game, Arsène Wenger's side had drawn three matches in succession - against Aston Villa, Wigan and Middlesbrough - before losing at Chelsea to slip down to third in the table.

Arsenal's title hopes appeared to be all but over when Matthew Taylor headed in Gretar Steinsson's cross to give Bolton the lead, then Abou Diaby saw red for a challenge on the Icelandic defender.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors moments before half time when Taylor doubled Bolton's advantage with a deflected drive.

But 10-man Arsenal were not prepared to throw in the towel and William Gallas' volley on the hour mark halved their deficit.

The goal galvanised Wenger's men and six minutes later Gary Cahill fouled Alex Hleb in the area with Robin van Persie making no mistake from the spot.

The Gunners pushed on in search of a remarkable winner and came close to snatching one when Theo Walcott carved out an opening for Van Persie, but the striker skewed his shot wide.

But they would not be denied, and in injury time Cesc Fabregas' shot deflected off Jlloyd Samuel and past a helpless Ali al Habsi to complete a memorable comeback victory for Arsenal.

Today's FreezeFrame image captures the moment Alex Hleb dribbles past Kevin Davies and Matt Taylor.

Arsenal team
: Almunia, Toure, Gallas, Senderos (Walcott, 59), Clichy, Flamini, Hleb, Fabregas, Diaby, Bendtner (Adebayor, 60), Van Persie (Hoyte, 89). Subs not used: Lehmann, Eboue.

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