Arsenal’s title charge starts today

In Arsenal FC, Premier League on January 17, 2010 by Highbury N5 Editor

Back to back games against Bolton gives us the chance to keep up the pressure on United and Chelsea, whilst also opening up a further advantage over Spurs and Man Citeh, who dropped points yesterday.

Only 3 points will do today, and only 3 points will do on Wednesday.

Cesc Fabregas returns but our midfield is still weak, Diaby Nasri Rosicky and Merida make up our other central midfield options but our naturally defensive midfielders are both absent (Song – ACN / Denilson – rib injury).

One of those midfielders will form part of a front three so I would expect Rosicky and Cesc to play either side of the deep lying Diaby, they have not played together much but have a strong friendship, hopefully the bond continues on the pitch because that midfield will need to score and create goals, especially with the lack of a defensive player.

I expect Clichy to start midweek, leaving Traore starting at left back today, next to the central partnership of Vermaelen / Gallas and Sagna on the left. Almunia will start in goal even though it should be Fabianski.

Up front I hope Eduardo starts down the middle, in the past few games his movement looks to have sharpened up and he has been finding the net – lucky goals or not. Arshavin needs to pull his weight more and play where he is put, like it or lump it, he is not paid to sulk like a little school girl.

The biggest unknown about this game is the Bolton approach. Owen Coyle likes good technical football and did brilliantly well at Burnley, will he force his style on the Bolton cloggers? I don’t see Kevin Davies pulling off stepovers and drag-backs; do you?

It would make sense for Coyle to keep the same style for the two games against us, the players know what to do and may nick a point.

An early Arsenal goal would be brilliant, with Cesc and Nasri in the team there is a doggedness that whilst isn’t the strongest physically, they will square up to anyone, they are both spiky little players and won’t just take kicks off the Bolton cloggers. Diaby needs to use his power today to command the midfield, his form has been great recently and he could grab a goal, lets just hope its an icing on the cake goal.

The game kicks off in an hour and will be interesting viewing !!!


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