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Preview: Arsenal v. Bolton

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

The Journalist

Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 6 2010

Time: 6:23AM

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Haha ...poor Howard.
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06/01/2010 07:08:00

Looks like I'm gonna struggle to get in tonight for the first time! Booooooo!
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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.
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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
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06/01/2010 08:42:00

Aint gonna happen tonight kids, snowing like buggery :(
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06/01/2010 08:42:00

That's a pitty. Although we can still brag we have a game in hand though!
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06/01/2010 09:06:00

I see Coward Webb .. OH *****!
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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.
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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.
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06/01/2010 11:08:00 - Ground staff doing their best to get the game on.
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06/01/2010 11:12:00

Hope this game goes on, as planned. The ground staff will do all they can to make the Emirates playable, but, permission still has to be given to go ahead with it. The game will not be an easy one and for those who will be at the stadium, my counsel is that fans be very patient with the team to the very end. It looks to be a game that will take shape from the 70mins upwards. Can't wait for the team to be ahead of ManU and having Chelsea staring down the barrel of the gun(ners), with us so close.
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06/01/2010 13:10:00

To be fair I don't think the pitch will be the problem, the surface will be immaculate as always, it's more the travel disruption. Any Arsenal fans that lives outside London will have immeasurable problems getting home. I live in South London and travel on the Underground and the tubes were in chaos. The Underground system is going to have to be in good shape come this evening and knowing how despicably incompetent they are on London Underground, I wouldn't bet on it.
Little Dutch
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06/01/2010 13:13:00

have passed on the feedback to our advertisers niko, trouble is as rocky says, 2009 was brutal and we have to make enough to cover costs etc, this is an independent network without any big money backing to errr... back us up!
The Fear
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06/01/2010 13:33:00

Game is off. Pity but understandable given the transport logistics. Oh well, means the players have extra rest in advance of Everton on Saturday!
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06/01/2010 16:01:00

Ah well, good thing is that we have a couple more days to get players back for Everton. Bad news is we're still 3rd. But can't complain, at least I'm not buried in snow, around zero here. Oh and I don't use the tube anymore heehee. :P Also LD, to be fair, it's not only that they use snow as an 'excuse' for the tube being awful. But the sheer amount of people who give up on buses, taxis, etc. and squeeze into the already crowded tube lines that's making it far worse.
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06/01/2010 17:16:00

That could be an explanation Lou, except the reasons they were giving this morning were "signal failure due to adverse weather conditions." The decision to call this game off could and should have beem ade at around 2pm. It did not stop snowing from 8am and got particularly heavy at around 12noon (we were told we could leave work at 1pm). I appreciate that they were doing their level best to get the game on, but it's been pretty clear all day it would not be viable and a lot of people-anticipating appalling transport conditions- would have left for the game already. Bolton fans would have been over half way here and will now turn around into rush hour traffic for the journey home. On top of this, the club have the unspeakable cheek to describe this as "unpredicted adverse weather conditions" when this was forecast a week ago. Calling it off was the right decision, leaving until 4pm was incompetence.
Little Dutch
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06/01/2010 17:25:00

I fully understand Paul and Johnathon, I was half mucking about, I know the network has to get some revenue in and that'll come in the shape of the above. Rather that than no vital! I think re the game we did everything in our power to make it go ahead, when you have our groundstaff modifying vehicles into snowploughs to clear walkways you know there was no way anyone wanted a reschedule.
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