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Bolton Preview: A point will do, a win would be smashing

332 comments April 14th, 2007

A win, and spirits are lifted going into the final part of the season. A draw, and we’re still on course for the vital fourth spot. Defeat…? Let’s not even go there.

It’s clear that Bolton will deploy Kevin Davies in a wide area and look to win balls beyond the full-back. To counter that, I’d play Kolo Toure and William Gallas in wide positions, with Djourou and Senderos at centre-back. Or perhaps even Djourou and Gallas wide, with Toure partnering Big Phil. But any permutation I suggest is probably entirely pointless: Arsene will surely go with midget tyros, Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Eboue.

In midfield, my only requirement is that Abou Diaby starts. You may remember that he has previously slain the Campo, and his height and physicality will help against a burly Bolton side.

Upfront, meh. I’m not convinced that one up top is a good idea though.

Look, we must win. I know a draw will do, but I’ve changed my mind since I started writing this. I hate Bolton so much that anything less will feel like an opportunity missed. An opportunity to crush the Champions League dreams of the likes of Campo, Nolan, Davies, and above all Allardyce.

If somebody out there in an Arsenal shirt somehow manages to squeeze the ball into the net and win us the game, he’ll make himself a hero.

Who fancies it?

Ps. I have to thank jitjian on the arseblog forums for drawing attention to this, but it’s great to see the way the last three years have taken us:


The Unbeaten Championship of 04


Alex Hleb's Race for 4th place

Quite embarassing really. It’s almost like they’ve used a picture of Hleb in particular just to rub it in. And that’s our own publicity!

Hopefully we’ll have more to shout about at 5pm tomorrow.

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