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Arsenal v. Bolton

After the first tedious and costly international break of the new season, a wounded Arsenal returns to action against Bolton today. I don't want to dwell on the injury situation. I'm just glad proper football is back.

Also, there is no chance of snow and ice today. So all 14 of you Bolton supporters planning on making the trip south to the Grove today can come with the assurance that the match will go ahead as planned.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene had positive things to say about today's opponent.

'I believe Bolton have a good mixture of a direct game and football on the ground,' he said. 'They have kept their strong assets up front with Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies. Also they have good crossers of the ball with Martin Petrov and Chung-Young Lee on the flanks. They can be a very dangerous side because they have a good mixture of a technical game and a direct game.'

'We are a mixture of patience and the need to dictate the way we feel the game has to be played. So you have to adapt to what you have and make the changes slowly and I feel Owen has done that well.'

Arsenal Team News:

We've all heard about the injuries. So I'll just briefly go you a list of who is out.

Bendtner (groin), Frimpong (knee), Ramsey (broken leg), van Persie & Walcott (both ankle), Vermaelen (Achilles)

In better news Nasri and Denilson are back and will be included in the squad if necessary.

Predicted Starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy, Song, Diaby, Cesc, Rosicky, Arshavin, Chamakh

Player to watch: Sebastian Squillaci

Arsene Wenger has spoke very highly of his compatriot. I have high hopes that Sebastian can break the curse the #18 kit seems to have on French centre backs.

Bolton Team News:

Jussi Jaaskelainen will sit out his first of three matches after being red carded for hitting Roger Johnson in late August. Adam Bogdan will make his first Premier League start in his place. Owen Coyle will also be without Sean Davis and possibly Ivan Klasnic.

Player to watch: Martin Petrov

I've always been impressed with Petrov, and I think he was not given a fair chance at Man City. He could be a handful for whichever Arsenal fullback he lines up against.

Match Facts & Stats

Arsenal have won their last eight league and cup games against Bolton

The Gunners are unbeaten in their last eight home league matches since losing 3-1 to Manchester United in January

Bolton and Newcastle are the only two Premier League sides to name the same starting line-up in their first three games this season

Ref Watch:

Youngster Stuart Attwell will be the head official for today's encounter.

Match Prediction:

I'm wary about this match. I don't believe it will be as simple as others think. I'll go with another scrappy 2-1 win for Arsenal. Chamakh and Cesc on the score sheet for the home side.

Next Fixtures:

15/9 (Wed) - Braga (h) - Champions League

18/9 (Sat) - Sunderland (a) - Premier League

The Journalist

Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 11 2010

Time: 3:49AM

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Bring on the Real football! I'm very confident for this one, it's a good opposition but we're in the mood and unstoppable so 3-0 Chamakh, Cesc, Squillaci on debut ;) otherwise Vela late on as a hedge bet.
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11/09/2010 04:28:00

Never easy this one but I reckon a 2 goal margin win for us. Excited to see 'ToTo's debut today.
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11/09/2010 08:17:00

An all french back line if your squad prediction is true Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy.
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11/09/2010 12:22:00

Last years comeback was brilliant but this one was even better:
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11/09/2010 12:34:00

Well i bet no one predicted that line up did they! It's good to see the boss has faith in the squad but i wonder what his reasoning behind that one was. Anybody want to take a guess?
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11/09/2010 14:45:00

looks like a few players are being rested for the CL, gibbs, eboue and jack starting
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11/09/2010 14:45:00

great pass from jack there, a bit fortunate to go in to be fair
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11/09/2010 15:25:00

What a comical ***** up for the bolton goal.. *****ing crap
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11/09/2010 15:53:00

I'm modifying my prediction to 3-1 okay
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11/09/2010 16:02:00

Minus the *****-up by Kos, which was pretty shambolic i think he's been amazing... dominating the pen box on corners, cutting out passes on the floor and in the air and he got his first goal. It's still a learning process for the lad but he's doing good so i don't want to hear anybody slating him please. =)
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11/09/2010 16:05:00

Not slating him insider, its still early days for the lad.. The goal was due to multiple screw ups.. anyways second half is ill leave the analysis for later
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11/09/2010 16:09:00

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolll CHAMAKH CHAMAKH CHAMAKH!!!!!
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11/09/2010 16:16:00

Kevin Davies given full license by the ref to be a thug, sould have been sent off for that challenge on Kos. Basically headbutted him 5 secs after the ball had gone.
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11/09/2010 16:21:00

impressive finish from song!
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11/09/2010 16:37:00

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11/09/2010 16:41:00

Lol am i the only one that thought Vela was gonna try and chip the goalkeeper???
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11/09/2010 16:42:00

How the ***** was that not a penalty!
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11/09/2010 16:43:00

eboue needs to get up... by the way, if he got the ball its a corner, if he didn't its a pen. somehow they end up with the goal kick. the ref is having a poor game for both sides in all honesty
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11/09/2010 16:45:00

"pericolosamente scarso", "una vergogna in nero", incredibilmente incapace". Just some of the adjectives used by the Italian commentator to describe one Stuart Atwell. I'd say he's just a ****. How Robinson, Davies and Muamba alltogether have a yellow I fail to understand. Disgraceful refereeing. Back to the lingo, I hope some of you speak Italian, they are just too good to translate.
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11/09/2010 16:48:00

D@rn you-know-what online, I missed 2 of the goals due to poor pictures!! :(
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11/09/2010 16:49:00

manchester al-citeh, united, and spuds all drop points... chelski continue in their machine-like ways...
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11/09/2010 17:02:00

I feel sorry for the opta guy who had to count all those passes. Fantastic result. hope Diaby is okay, and that build up to Velas goal was just beautiful. Happy days!
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11/09/2010 17:02:00

I was listening to the Argentina commentary.. a breath of fresh air compared to the english. Inteligent analysis, un-bias, and they know how to celebrate a goal ;P
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11/09/2010 17:04:00

agreed about Diaby, insider. it didn't appear to damage a joint, so hopefully it was just a bruised leg
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11/09/2010 17:05:00

Coyle hasn't changed the Orcs, they're still playing Walrus-ball.
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11/09/2010 17:21:00

Beautiful win, nice variation in the goals aswell. Atwell was completely out of his depth, clearly fast tracking decent young refs is not the way to go!
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11/09/2010 17:29:00

And nice to see the two spuds Garth Crooks and Les Ferdinand getting frustrated about the red card to Cahill. Even though we were 2-1 up when it happened they believe it changed the game.
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11/09/2010 17:30:00

3 players sent off against us in 4 games.. Nice and not so nice.. What it means is that there have been nasty tackles against us..
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11/09/2010 17:40:00

Two feet off the ground from behind & very reckless, what are they complaining about? Chamakh was lucky that there was no serious contact. Their tackling today was disgusting and there should have been many more yellows. Zamora has his leg broken today - the refs really need to stamp this out now, its getting ridiculous.
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11/09/2010 17:54:00

Karl Henry was the man who broke it by the way - a man who should not have played considering his countless assaults on Joey Barton last round.
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11/09/2010 18:04:00

I was going to make this comment after the last game but I felt it was too early. To be fair to the FA, we have seen an increased awareness of referees when it comes to reckless challenges, Joe Cole, Cahill and the Blackpool player (sowwy). I don't think this is a coincidence and we should be applauding the refs for getting this right. And lets hope the newfound application of the rules is permanent.
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11/09/2010 18:04:00

The worst tackle was the foul on Diaby, we are lucky abou's foot never planted. We could have been looking at another Eduardo incident there and Atwell never even blew for a foul.
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11/09/2010 18:18:00

Expected to lose, but didnt think it would be by so many.
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11/09/2010 18:22:00

Fabregas was class today, theres no doubting his commitment to the team. There were problems with lack of understanding in defence in the first half which was to be expected as they have never played together before but that definitely improved in the second half. Wilshere also is looking better with every game.
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11/09/2010 18:55:00

Can someone explain what Eboue did to earn his yellow card? Was he the nasty evil person who physically threw Davies so his head accidentally tapped against Kos?
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11/09/2010 22:51:00

Sublime football from the heavens...first our defensive midfielder chips the goalie in a two stroke move that any striker would be proud of then a 25 pass move for a wonderful 4th goal....MAGIC
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12/09/2010 09:08:00

@gronedrone..dont think refs really doing enough about these mad tackles......they wait until these players do it 3-4 times or someone actually gets hurt b4 they even warn the player....not good
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12/09/2010 14:05:00

I believe that Eboue was carded for complaining about Davies head but assault on Koscielny. Do we have a decent ref in the country?
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13/09/2010 08:51:00


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