Bolton vs Arsenal: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on February 1, 2012

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Arsenal get back to Premier League action tonight with a trip to the Reebok to face Bolton and it’s important we end a run of three consecutive league defeats. 

With Liverpool and Tottenham winning, and Chelsea getting a lucky late equaliser, a win is vital for the Gunners to stay in the hunt for fourth spot. We currently lie in sixth place, six points off fourth-placed Chelsea and an embarrassing thirteen off Spurs, so we have to close the gap.

Its not going to be easy at the Reebok, as we know all to well, and Bolton have found some form lately beating both Liverpool and Everton in recent weeks.

Team News

Arsene Wenger gave his usual injury update to Arsenal.com ahead of the game and the great news is that Bacary Sagna is also back, but Wenger has suggested that he may be a bit short to start tonight. Johan Djourou is available again after recovering from a calf strain, but i would like to see Coquelin continue at right back. Djourou has been a disaster at full back and Coquelin has looked far more comfortable there.

Both Mikel Arteta and Thierry Henry are available after recovering from knocks. The pair came on for the final minutes of Saturday’s FA Cup tie but i would expect Arteta to start tonight with Henry on the bench.

Kieran Gibbs is back in full training after missing the last three months through injury but wont be involved against Bolton. Long-term injury concerns Carl Jenkinson, Andre Santos, Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere remain out, while Gervinho and Marouanne Chamakh are still at the African Cup of Nations.

New Bolton signings Tim Ream and Marvin Sordell won’t be involved tonight, while loan signing Ryo Miyaichi is also unavailable to play against his parent club.

Jussi Jaaskelainen should return in place of Bogdan. It will be nice to play Bolton without their battering ram Kevin Davies, with the burly striker out of favour under Owen Coyle.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Bolton have lost eight of their eleven home games this season, conceding 25 goals in the process. Arsenal’s away form is also shocking with six defeats in eleven games and only Wigan have conceded more away goals in the league.

However, the Gunners do also have the second highest goals scored ratio away from home, so the stats suggest we should expect a high scoring game tonight. But i’m going for a narrow 2-1 win for The Arsenal. Bolton always seem to turn up against us but we should have enough to get the result.

Let me know your thought on the game in the comments section below….

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21 Comments

  1. Gbenga Adekoya

    February 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    A must win match 4 gunner

  2. Rob c

    February 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    It is a must win game and although I am dissapointed that Arsene has not bought at least one top player in the January window we are at least still in touch with the top and with the slowly returning players hopefully we can make up the points and finish in 4th place. We have ben desperately unlucky with injuries and losing Wilshere for the whole season is a major blow but finishing above Chelsea will be a major consolation especially to see them appearing on channel 4.

  3. Saad

    February 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I think Rosicky should get the nod over Ramsey! Rambo definately needs some rest and rosicky is in fine form these days,

    • TAR

      February 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      I agree with you…When Rosicky went off, we weren’t effective in attacking as we were when he was on…

  4. Johndavis

    February 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I believe the gunners will bounce back from their series of defeat, now dat most of our injured players are returning, i hope that would boost our moral & believe we would win the remaining matches of the season. Always a gunner

  5. Ant

    February 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    You lot are typically deluded. Bolton are on the up and will win 2-1.

  6. karis

    February 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    just hope Ramsey and arshavin do not feature anywhere near the emirates

  7. Adeyemi

    February 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I think Rosicky is in form now should get the nod over Ramsey!! Rosicky should be in that position instead of ramsey

  8. Adeyemi

    February 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I think Rosicky is in form now and should get the nod over Ramsey!! Rosicky should be in that position instead of ramsey

  9. Obi

    February 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Wenger pls i tink rosicky n arteta wil b beta off dan ramsey n arteta.bcos rosicky do nt mak sily mistak lik ramsey.chamberlin has proven dat he can do beta dan arshavin,so lets b using him in replalement of gervinho.

  10. Max sifael mbise

    February 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Me too will like to see rosick infront of rambo,is not that rambo off the form,No just he needs some rest to be read for samba on 4th,the same to sanga and remember we have inter after two weeks so we need every one to be fit.

  11. Joel

    February 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Pls Wenger,don’t make any mistake so tht we end up losing thz 3 points.Let Ramsey b on the bench and Rosisky starts,i think that 1 wil be better.

  12. Yaro

    February 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I tink ramsy is not gud enougf 4 arsenal bench he shoud go back 2 d reserves for inprovement

  13. Gerard

    February 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Plssss start wit rosicky..dats our winning game,wenger bcarefull 2nite

  14. Sulaimon

    February 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Arsenal 2 bolton 0

  15. John babbs

    February 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Wenger, pls ensure that Oxlade and rosicky in place of ramsey start 2-night’s match. No gambles pls. Arsenal 3 – Bolton 1

  16. Stevie

    February 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Arsenal….what can I say? Fingers crossed, hope for the best…story of the past few seasons.

    Walcott, Ramsey, Mertesacker, Arteta… sigh… Walcott especially…

    oh well.

  17. marcus

    February 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    ramsey needs to step it up it he wants to keep his place in the arsenal team
    arsenal 3-bolton 1

  18. Gef Kanny

    February 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Pls wenger let rosicky and arteta begin,ramsy back for more training.

  19. Yusuf Wasiu

    February 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    This is one of the important march for the gunners to win
    Bolton 0 Arsenal 2

  20. Ben

    February 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Rosicky and arteta to start! 2-0

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