Arsenal vs Bolton: Match preview, tough but winnable.

The day starts with very bad news, for those hoping for a quick return for Jacky Wilshere, be disappointed, as the club and player has confirmed that Jack would require surgery, and only return after the new year. Hopefully, Ramsey can step up and make Jack’s absence less noticeable. That said, Ramsey aka Rambo has been performing relatively well.

However, there is a balance by some form of good news, as ahead of a summer where we could potentially see more free transfers depart, Wenger has moved swiftly to assure fans that he is doing his best to sign the players onto longer term contracts. The sooner the better I guess.

So, Arsenal takes on Bolton after the worst start ever in the Premier League. What does that tell you? Bollocks. Liverpool was being trumpeted after their 2-0 win over Arsenal, but followed that up with losses to Stoke and Spurs.

So what’s the moral of the story? Unless you lose or win many games a row, there is nothing certain. What is certain is Nasri is a cunt and Man Cunteh, well the name tells you already what they are.

Rosicky has recovered from his strain, and is in the squad the match later. Some of the fans over the net have been claiming that the Czech skipper has been dropped from the team, and wasn’t suffering from any injury. I don’t know about that but if Le Boss says he doesn’t play any player who is unfit, I would trust him I guess. Anyhow, the midfielder seems to have put his injury woes behind him, and a good run in the team should seen him gain form. Hopefully.

Today’s game only sees the return of Sagna and Rosicky, whereas Benayoun and Djourou joins the party at the hospital where they can drink and make merry.

Bolton seems to have a full squad, and under Owen Coyle have played some nice football, but ultimately they are a physical side, and would look to their evergreen striker, Kevin Davies, to lead the line, and try to bulldoze his way through our defense.

Bolton has never been an easy side to face, and the squad is currently low on confidence, after contriving to lose despite scoring 3 goals last weekend.  Kevin Davies pack a physical presence up front, and plenty of crosses should be expected to the targetman, who can hold off our defenders and lay the ball off to players like Martin Petrov, Ivan Klasnic.

This Bolton side is also pacey, with Chelsea’s loanee Gael Kakuta in the side. The winger is tricky, and a real live-wire with ball at his feet. Former gunner Fabrice Muamba also returns, and is a decent anchorman, who could stop our attacks.

The team line up for Arsenal should be fairly predictable, considering our injury predicament, and lack of alternatives. My prediction is we should see something like this:

Szczesny, Sagna, Santos, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Gervinho, Van Persie, Arshavin.

I do think Arshavin’s creativity would be useful here, as Bolton would look to pack their own half as much as possible. At the back, Koscielny would most likely be targeted by Kevin Davies, and the former needs to make sure he  doesn’t  get intimidated by the striker.

We have shown in recent weeks that we can score goals, but the ability to create chances have somewhat diminished, given we lost two of our creative force in Fabregas and Nasri. Hence, Arsenal must kill off any chance it gets, and learn to hold the lead.

Bolton is also famous for their set-pieces, and the aerial ability of Davies, Zat Knight, Gary Cahill needs to be reduced with good attacking of the ball when defending set pieces.

The boss has been under pressure somewhat, which may have seen him snapping at reporters. Arsenal needs this win for many reasons, but more than anything else, Arsene needs to regain some confidence in his squad. A manager under immense pressure is surely pressed hard to do his job well, and could make numerous mistakes in team’s selection and tactics. The more breathing space Arsene has, the better it is for Arsenal. The season has started with cries for sacking of the manager, and it doesn’t help the team, and the instability it causes could be detrimental to Arsenal instead.

Hence, I would stick my head out, and say that a reaction from the lads are forthcoming, and we would win 4-1 today. Otherwise, I would gladly take a 2-0 win. COME ON YOU GUNNERS!

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