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Park goal sees Arsenal through

Park goal sees Arsenal through

Park goal sees Arsenal through

Arsenal came from behind to record a 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers in their Carling Cup 4th round game. Goals from Arshavin and Park took the Gunners into the fifth round.

Arsene Wenger changed his entire squad, with Arshavin and Vermaelen being the only players from his regular starting XI.

Thomas Vermaelen finally returned from injury to start the match but was replaced in the 84th minute after he was suspected of picking up a calf strain.

After a scoreless first half, the Trotters broke the deadlock just two minutes into the second half when Fabrice Muamba dispossessed Emmanuel Frimpong in the Arsenal and exchanged a one-two with Martin Petrov before firing the ball into the roof of the net.

Arsenal responded quickly in the 53rd minute when Arshavin ran at the Bolton defence and unleashed a shot that went through the legs of Zat Knight and into the goal.

Park Chu Young then made it 2-1 just three minutes later, scoring his first goal for the club by curling the ball spectacularly around Bogdan from 15 yards out after being released by Arshavin.

The home side hung on to advance to the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup. However, Wenger will be sweating on the fitness of his vice captain Vermaelen, after he was brought off with a suspected calf strain.

'He's got a calf problem but we hope it's not too bad,' said Wenger.

'He might be a bit short for Saturday but we don't know yet. I didn't expect a game of this intensity and it was a tough game for a centre back.

'We hope it's not a calf strain, we hope it's just tight. I didn't want to take him off with just four minutes to go but he was adamant not to go on.'