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Preview: Arsenal v. Bolton


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Manager-less Bolton hopefully will travel down to the Grove today for our infamous game in hand. Two points behind Manchester United and a further two behind league leaders Chelsea. I'm praying we'll get the okay from Soho Square to move on with tonight's important fixture.

Vital Quotes:

After five wins and a tie in the league during December. Arsene is talking up the importance of momentum.

"What happened at Liverpool is that we were 1-0 down and we won 2-1" Arsene said.

"That was more down to the quality and the mental strengths and response from the players than to my team talk."

"I think the team gets strength from its history. From that [Liverpool game] they have certainly learnt that they can change things if they really believe they can and it happened again on Sunday against West Ham."

Arsenal Team News:

Almunia, Denilson, Arshavin, Nasri, Diaby, and Traore will return to the lineup from Sunday's FA Cup tie at Upton Park. Fabregas and Bendtner will be back for the return leg on the 17th at the Reebok.

Predicted Starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Traore, Denilson, Diaby, Ramsey, Nasri, Eduardo, Arshavin

Player to watch: Aaron Ramsey

What else can you say about the kid? He's been exactly what we needed since Cesc limped off against Villa. He'll face a big test against the ruff-em-up Bolton tactics.

Bolton Team News:

Jussi Jaaskelainen will return to the starting lineup, while Chris Evans and Steve Wigley will lead the Wanderers on the sideline.

Player to watch: Lee Chung-Yong

I've seen a handful of good goals from this guy, and he scored a nice goal over the weekend. I could see him being up for the big game.

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb. I really hate him.

Match Prediction:

I'll say 3-1 or 4-1. The game at the Reebok next week will be the tougher match.

Next Fixtures:

9/1 (Sat) - Everton (h) - Premier League

17/1 (Sun) - Bolton (a) - Premier League

24/1 (Sun) - Stoke (a) - FA Cup

Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Wednesday January 6 2010
Time: 6:23AM


Haha ...poor Howard.
06/01/2010 07:08:00
Looks like I'm gonna struggle to get in tonight for the first time! Booooooo!
06/01/2010 07:19:00
mmmm. I would love a scoreline like that, but with the weather the way it is, our history against Bolton, I see it being a lot tighter than that. Also, without a manager, you can be sure Bolton will want to prove a thing or two. Our biggest handicap is the missing Song. If Diaby is up for this then we could win comfortably , otherwise I say 2-1 to us. Although I would take a 1-0 win tonight.
06/01/2010 07:22:00
Having just commuted a relatively short distance from my home in Balham to work I have to say I'd be incredibly surprised to see this game go ahead now, if it does the crowd will be below 40,000. I travel on London Underground and that's in chaos. (To overseas readers, yes, London Underground can and will use snow as an excuse despite being 50 feet under the ground).
Little Dutch
06/01/2010 08:42:00
Aint gonna happen tonight kids, snowing like buggery :(
06/01/2010 08:42:00
That's a pitty. Although we can still brag we have a game in hand though!
06/01/2010 09:06:00
I see Coward Webb .. OH *****!
06/01/2010 09:34:00
How feckin annoying is that bloody drop down bar at the top of the vital page now??? every fuggin time i accidentally go near the poxy thing its whoooop down it goes. EYEWONDER YOU ARE A WART ON THE SCROTUM OF MEANINGLESS CONSUMERIST PIFFLE. UNLEASH THE WONDER MY ARSE.
06/01/2010 09:44:00
Yeah sorry about that Niko. 2009 was a very lean year so we're having to do what we can to make ends meet to keep the network up and running.
06/01/2010 11:08:00
0 - Ground staff doing their best to get the game on.
06/01/2010 11:12:00
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