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Premier League

  • September 24, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 59727

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



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


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.

  • 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.


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England - Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ Feb 1, 2012 Bolton 0 - Arsenal 0
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England - Capital One Cup(League Cup) ‎(CCUP)‎ Oct 25, 2011 Arsenal 2 - Bolton 1
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England - Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ Sep 24, 2011 Arsenal 3 - Bolton 0
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England - Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ Apr 24, 2011 Bolton 2 - Arsenal 1
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England - Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ Sep 11, 2010 Arsenal 4 - Bolton 1
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
3Bacary SagnaDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
14Theo WalcottStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
27Andre SantosDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
31David WheaterDefender
12Zat KnightDefender
3Paul RobinsonDefender
-Gretar SteinssonDefender
20Nigel Reo-CokerMidfielder
26Fabrice MuambaMidfielder
21Darren PratleyMidfielder
17Martin PetrovMidfielder
7Chris EaglesMidfielder
54David NgogStriker
1Adam BogdanGoalkeeper
38D. BoyataDefender
11Ricardo GardnerMidfielder
17Tuncay ŞanlıMidfielder
44Gäel KakutaMidfielder
16Mark DaviesMidfielder
14Kevin DaviesStriker

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