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  • September 24, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
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Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Bolton

Both Arsene Wenger and Owen Coyle are set to field strongest sides after resting their established stars in midweek as they seek to put a halt to desperate league form


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

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

BOLTON

Jaaskelainen
Robinson, Knight, Cahill, Boyata
Eagles, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov
Tuncay, Davies

After resting key players for the midweek League Cup fixture with Shrewbury Town, Arsene Wenger will undoubtedly return to full strength for the visit of Bolton. Thomas Vermaelen and Jack Wilshere remain long-term absentees, while Yossi Benayoun has picked up a strain that will leave him on the sidelines for a couple of weeks.

Bacary Sanga and Andre Santos will come in at full-back, with Alex Song and Mikel Arteta sitting deep in midfield, and Aaron Ramsey, Gervinho and Theo Walcott deployed behind Robin van Persie.

Much is the same for Bolton, who will restore their starting line-up to its maximum strength. Chris Eagles and Martin Petrov should play on either wing as Bolton look to exploit Arsenal's defensive vulnerabilities, with Tuncay Sanli possibly filling in for the suspended Ivan Klasnic. Fabrice Muamba and Nigel Reo-Coker will also start again together in central midfield.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal are in the midst of their worst start to a campaign for 58 years.
  • The last time the two met, Bolton claimed a 2-1 victory, with a Tamir Cohen 90th-minute winner at the Reebok driving a stake into Arsenal's dying hopes of winning the Premier League.
  • Arsenal have conceded the most goals this season, letting in 14, with Bolton just behind on 13.
  • Between the two of them, Bolton and Arsenal have amassed less than half the points Manchester United have this season after only five games.
  • So far this season, Arsenal have received 16 yellow cards and one straight red.
  • Bolton have scored only two first-half goals this season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Arsenal

Bolton Wanderers

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
Draw
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
Bolton Wanderers FC Bolton Wanderers
86%

Top 3 Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
3 - 1
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
Arsenal FC ARS
2 - 1
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
Arsenal FC ARS
2 - 0
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL

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