Fabregas shines in Gunners win

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Cesc Fabregas produced an impressive display on his return from injury as Arsenal recorded a 2-0 victory over Bolton in Owen Coyle's first game in charge.

The Spain midfielder, who missed three matches with a hamstring injury, scored his 10th league goal of the season after a neat one-two with Eduardo.

His surging run then led to substitute Fran Merida scoring the second 12 minutes from time as former Wanderers player Coyle's reign got off to a losing start.

Bolton started brightly, with Kevin Davies seeing a close-range shot blocked and Ivan Klasnic having a goal ruled out for offside in the opening two minutes.

Arsenal, with Fabregas at the heart of everything, had struggled to create a clear opportunity until they took the lead in the 28th minute.

Gretar Steinsson slipped on the edge of the penalty area to hand possession to Fabregas and the Spain international capitalised, quickly exchanging passes with Eduardo before slotting a low shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen's outstretched right hand.

Teenage Gunners midfielder Craig Eastmond, making his first league start, was then denied by Jussi Jaaskelainen before Fabregas was caught by Zat Knight in the area, only for referee Phil Dowd to wave away claims for a penalty. Fabregas had another chance soon after but fired wide from seven yards.

Bolton once again put Arsenal under pressure at the beginning of the second half and Matt Taylor wasted a glorious opportunity when he blazed over from 10 yards in the 61st minute.

Fabregas had been quieter after the break but, when he did take control again, it set up the second goal 12 minutes from time.

His surging run into the penalty area allowed Eduardo to cross to the far post where Merida side-footed home to clinch victory.

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Ivan Klasnic
Jussi Jaaskelainen
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