Match Preview: Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers (Premier League)

Arsenal are likely to make a number of changes to the team that beat Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third round when they entertain Bolton this afternoon.

The Gunners, who have beaten the Trotters in all of the last four league games between the clubs, used the FA Cup to blood a number of young players who should be relegated to the bench this weekend.

Lukasz Fabianski, Aaron Ramsey and Nicklas Bendtner could all find themselves back out of the first team at the Emirates Stadium despite a good team performance in the 3-1 win over Argyle.

Goalkeeper Fabianski and Bendtner replaced the rested Manuel Almunia and Emmanuel Adebayor, both of whom should come straight back into the starting eleven.

Ramsey and Johan Djourou, who impressed last weekend, have a better chance of keeping their places but both are reliant upon injuries keeping Kolo Toure, Denilson and Alexandre Song – just back from suspension – on the sidelines.

The final place of contention in Arsene Wenger’s side is at left-back, where Mikael Silvestre and Gael Clichy could both be out injured – although the latter is close to a return.

“I have to look at it but at the moment with the injuries we are a little bit short everywhere.”

“On the left-hand side we are a bit short, but Gael Clichy should be back for next week,” Wenger conceded earlier this week.

Wenger is likely to be optimistic regardless of the strength of his starting eleven – the Gunners have won their last two matches after drawing with title rivals Aston Villa and Liverpool.

He can also look at Bolton’s record with glee as the Trotters are on a three-game losing streak, including last weekend’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Sunderland.

Gooner Talk’s Predicted Starting XI

Sagna – Toure – Djourou – Clichy
Eboue – Ramsey – Diaby – Nasri
Adebayor – van Persie

Match Prediction: Arsenal 1-0 Bolton

MyP2P will provide live stream links of this Premier League clash on MyP2P.eu. Post-match highlights will be avaliable at midnight on Gooner Talk for those of you who were unable to watch the game.

Leave your views and predictions of today’s game – which kicks off at 15:00 BST time – in the comments section below.

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13 years ago

i see your prediction was correct..we really need someone like arshavin now, i really hope its done before the next game. 1-0 to the arsenal!

13 years ago

That match was a testimony to the fact that the Arsenal need to buy a playmaker. RvP was full value today, as was Nasri. We need someone who can pull the trigger quicker than lazy-Bayor. Anyone else notice how that O’Brien covered 10 yards to block Ade’s weak attempt? My fingers are crossed that we can sign Arshavin at a decent price. Meanwhile, I need to unwind after a viewing that excruciating display.

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