After a two week break from Premier League football, Bolton visit the Grove on Saturday to take on a once again injury stricken Arsenal. Usually the majority of our injuries are concentrated on the attacking side of the ball, but now centre back is our gaping whole, which could prove costly as Bolton always look to tests our centre backs aerial prowess.
On the injury note, Wenger explained.
n the plus side, Denilson (back) and Kolo Toure (groin) will return after missing the 3-1 win against the Devon side through injury.
“Kolo and Denilson will be back available,” Wenger told Arsenal TV Online. “However unfortunately we have lost William Gallas with a hamstring problem.
“We lost Silvestre too with a thigh problem last week as well. So we have lost two players from the game on Saturday but we have gained two back.
“I think Gallas and Silvestre will be out for three weeks.”
He took the time this week to praise our young Welshman. ‘He’s just 18 and (Jack) Wilshere is just 17. The Premier League is (the) Premier League and you need to be a man in this league.
‘He can play in some games. But if you’re asking me if he can play every week, every three days, I don’t think he’s ready yet. But he shows that he has the quality, that he can do it soon.
‘I really think he will be a great player.’
Arsenal Team News:
As said before, Gallas and Silvestre will be out, which will see Kolo and Djourou start in the centre of defense. Eduardo,
Adebayor has been named African Player of the Year, but he was in Dubai of all places on Thursday. Will he be back in North London, fully ready to play by Saturday? I have concerns.
Song might be back, but Fabregas, Walcott, Rosicky, and Eduardo are also all still out.
Possible Starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Djourou, Clichy, Denilson, Nasri, Diaby, Eboue, Adebayor, van Persie
Player to watch: Kolo Toure
We all know Bolton’s tactics and there is really need to discuss that, but what is a concern to me is how we will deal with these tactics. If Toure can’t play like he wants to stay at this club, then we could be in trouble.
Bolton Team News:
Cahill, Cohen, O’Brien are scheduled to make their return, but Vaz Tez will not play a part.
Player to watch: Matthew Taylor
Matty has been a pain in our side for years now, from his two goals for Portsmouth at the Emirates to his first half heroics at the Reebok last year. We will see if the dynamic defensive duo of Eboue and Sagna to try and shut down Taylor
Match Facts & Stats
Home and away
League (inc PL): Arsenal 46 wins, Bolton 34, Draws 31
Prem: Arsenal 10 wins, Bolton 4, Draws 5
at Arsenal only
League (inc PL): 32 wins, Bolton 7, Draws 16
Prem: Arsenal 6 wins, Bolton 0, Draws 3
Chris Foy will be the head official, and he has managed fourteen matches handing out one red and fifty-two yellows, giving him a 3.79 card per game average.
I think we have almost recovered from Cesc’s injury, with Samir Nasri at CM. I think he will continue his rich vein of form and lead Arsenal to a 3-1 victory. van Persie, Adebayor, and Nasri to score.
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