Honestly, Bolton was not going to beat Arsenal today. It was a solid performance for the first 60 minutes or so, and yes, the sending off of Gary Cahill was unjustified, and yes, it changed the whole match. But really, Arsenal were eventually going to finish one of their 653 chances.
So put the noose away Bolton supporters, Stuart Atwell did not cost us this match. The boys from north London are just a better team than us. No surprise really. I suppose you could say that a free kick on the edge of the box rather than a Cahill red card would have led to us tying things up at two and then charging on to victory, but I think you would be wrong.
I think we can look at the match as a whole and take a lot of positives away from it. Adam Bogdan looked pretty good in his first Premier League start. He is certainly not ready to be a full-time keeper, but we should be fine while our regular keeper serves his suspension.
Stuart Holden and Fabrice Muamba were once again solid in central midfield. This is a partnership that is only going to improve moving forward.
As for the rest of the squad, they need to play better. We travel to Birmingham next weekend to face Aston Villa and possibly new manager Gerard Houllier. So far we have two points from two home games and three points from two away games, as well as a cup win on the south coast. It's a good start to the season. A result at Villa Park next week will make it even better.