It's match day and a very exciting match day today. We take on Bolton up at the Reebok and it promises to be a very special day out. With the Carling Cup squad on duty on Tuesday against Sheffield United, the first team will not have a midweek game. With players such as Bendtner and Vela probably used in the Carling Cup, I doubt they start this game.
Barclays Premier League, Reebok Stadium
Saturday, September 20, 2008, 17:30
Live on Setanta Sports 1 from 4pm
Let’s take a look at the League table…
As things stand, we’ve got 9 points from 4 games – 3 wins and a loss. We’re behind the leaders by 1 point and ahead of Man United by 5 points, but we’ve played a game more.
With Liverpool playing Stoke earlier in the day, we’ll most likely start the game 4 points behind Liverpool. If we win we can go within one point and of course two points clear of Chelsea. United and Chelsea play each other on Sunday so if we win we really would make a difference as one of the other two have to lose, or both will have just point Sunday.
So, back to the game against Bolton. Coverage starts at 4pm and the game kicks off at 5.30pm.
In injury news, the French trio of Silvestre, Nasri and Diaby are all still out injured, Arsene commenting on these injuries;
“”The good news from last night is that nobody has come back with any knock or severe injury. We have no injuries from last night and we have no-one coming back as well, so the group will be stable.For Diaby, I would say two more weeks [until he is fit], Silvestre and Nasri should be available for Hull [at Emirates Stadium on September 27].”
Which means it could be a very similar team to the game against Blackburn. Arsene has been speaking about rotating the squad a little bit, but as I said earlier, it may not be too much, especially with a Carling Cup game midweek.
“There will be a little bit of rotation of course, because it was a very physical game and we had to give absolutely everything. But I cannot tell you yet how it will work.”
I’d expect the following line up:
With the following players on the bench: Fabianski, Djourou, Song, Wilshere, Ramsey, Vela, Bendtner.
Some reports are suggesting that Vela may start in place of Walcott, but with the English man in the form of his career at the moment, it may be hard for Arsene to leave him out. I’d expect all 7 members of the bench to start against Sheffield United, so it may be used sparingly too.
It should be an exciting game, albeit the Reebok is always a hard place to go to…
Come on you Gunners…!]]>