Hello again, glad you could make it.
It’s Saturday and that, for me, means the start of a two-week holiday. But don’t despair – unlike the festive period where I did virtually no posting I will be here every day of the week bring you your fix of all things Arsenal. I’m also looking at improving and auditing the blog as well as building a bit of social network among the regular readers, so if you’re a consistent commenter then expect an email at some point in the near future.
A more pressing matter is of course the Premiership game against Bolton and it goes without saying that we need to win this one. We’re 10 points off the top and three points off fifth and with Liverpool and Villa likely to beat Stoke and West Brom respectively we need a win to stay with the front-runners. Add in a very spicy-looking Manchester United v Chelsea match and it should be quite an interesting weekend.
Team news going into the clash is mixed. William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre have been ruled out while Kolo Toure and Denilson have returned. The timing of the Gallas injury and the return of Toure means it will be a straight swap with the manager also revealing the Ivorian will captain the side. He will partner Johan Djourou at the back and it is a great opportunity for Toure to show what he can do and perhaps force himself back into the side on a permanent basis.
In the midfield I’m hoping Wenger goes for Alex Song in the holding role with Abou Diaby a little more advanced and Denilson and Samir Nasri on the wings. There is a case for Kanye Eboue/Emmanuel West (cheers to ‘The Guardian’ for the photo) to start on the right in place of Denilson or the Brazilian being moved into the middle but I think the combination I mentioned would fair best against a Bolton side who are likely to sit back and hit on the break.
The combination of Emmanuel Adebayor and the in-form Robin van Persie means we should have goals in us at home to Bolton. I don’t normally do predictions but I’m hoping and feeling that the boys might slot home a few and see us exit with a two or three-goal win which would be exactly what the Doctor of Confidence ordered. Let’s see how it pans out.
In other brief news before I go the manager has hinted that negotiations with Andrei Arshavin are progressing while Adebayor has given his backing to injured ex-captain Gallas. His comments are quite interesting and you can read them here.
And that’s about it. Have a lovely weekend and here’s to Arsenal getting a big win over Bolton. I’ll be heading to the Pig ‘n’ Whistle Riverside in Brisbane to watch the game so if you’re a Gooner in the area be sure to get down there and we can share a beer or five.
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