Just a quick update on the starting team and injuries before the Bolton match.
Wenger has revealed that he will be starting Manuel Almunia for the match, and leaving Jens Lehmann out of the side completely. Regular readers will already know that I am absolutely delighted about this. While he mentions that Lehmann is indeed fit, one has to assume the reasoning behind this is the comments the German has made in recent weeks. Subsequently, Lukasz Fabianski will sit on the bench.
It also seems that Tomas Rosicky will not make it back into the starting lineup and with the rest of the midfielders fit it should be Abou Diaby who slots in on the left. The other option would be to play Alexander Hleb on the left and put Theo Walcott on the right, so we will have to wait and see what Wenger does. It seems the manager also favours Eduardo da Silva over Nicklas Bendtner up front, so expect the Croatian to start and the Dane to sit on the bench. He explains that Bendtner is more likely to play in place of Adebayor than alongside him.
Just in case you didn’t read yesterday’s match preview, Robin van Persie and Philippe Senderos are unavailable through injury and William Gallas will be starting at centre-back alongside Kolo Toure in place of the Swiss defender. As I mentioned previously, it will be either Eduardo or Bendtner who replaces van Persie.
Finally, Cesc Fabregas and Arsene Wenger have been named as the official Player of the Month and Manager of the Month respectively for September. May there be many more of those awards to come.
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