Arsenal v Bolton Preview
Arsenal have received a big boost ahead of Saturday’s English Premier League game against Bolton with the news that Tomas Rosicky will return to their squad after recovering from the virus which forced him out of the game against Newcastle. This is a major bonus for Arsenal and, if he is fit, we should hopefully see him slot into the right side of midfield for the out-of-form Alexander Hleb. This is also coupled with the fact that there are no new injuries for Arsene Wenger to worry about going into this crucial game.
Two of Arsenal’s most important players, stand-in captain Gilberto Silva and midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas have spoken in length about the unbelieveable importance of the game against Bolton. Gilberto stated that the match against Bolton will decide which team grabs the fourth Champions League place. It might be worth pointing out that these are particularly strong words from a normally quiet man. If that is what Gilberto thinks then it is a good indication that this might just be true – fingers crossed about the result then!
“If you look at the chances I’ve had this season it’s unbelievable to think I haven’t scored a goal yet. I’ve hit the post I don’t know how many times, the keeper has made a great save or it’s me who is just with the net in front of me and I don’t score. I have to be patient and to be relaxed in front of goal. I think the goals will come.”
After such a confident statement, what odds on Fabregas bagging one at Bolton to win the game? At least these sorts of statements indicate that the Arsenal camp seems to have a firm grip on the importance of this one. Let’s just hope they can get the result on the park!
I spoke earlier this week about the starting line-up and tactics that I though Arsene Wenger should employ against Bolton and, whilst I think they would work, I have a sinking feeling that Wenger will continue with a similar line-up to the one at Newcastle, but with Rosicky replacing the ineffectual Hleb – again, fingers crossed!
Probable Arsenal Line-Up (4-5-1; L-R): Lehmann – Eboue, Gallas, Toure, Clichy – Rosicky, Gilberto, Fabregas, Diaby, Ljungberg – Adebayor.
Prediction: 1-0 Arsenal. I really think we can win this one. If Gilberto & Diaby both play, I think we have the height and power to snuff out Bolton’s attack, leaving space for the likes of Ljungberg, Rosicky and most importantly, Fabregas to assist Adebayor. With that in mind – and taking into account his earlier comments – I can see Fabregas breaking his duck and sneaking a goal. In fact, I’m going to put $5 on it! Either way – it’s going to be an absolute cracker of a match.
As you can probably already tell, I’m very, very excited about this one. Come on Arsenal!