Having witnessed the destruction of Blackpool who stuck to their manager’s laudable commitment to open, attacking football, will Owen Coyle reconsider his tactics? Would you? Coyle had the difficult task of developing a team who had been managed by two of the men most responsible for the development of anti-football; Fat Sam and Gary Megson. It is to Coyle’s credit that Bolton have flourished. At the time of his takeover Bolton had won 4 from 18 fixtures and looked doomed, yet Coyle took them to 14th spot, and he did so with a determination to play a more expansive game. It is a testament to Owen Coyle that Mr.Wenger chose Bolton for Wilshere’s development.
However, whilst appreciating Coyle’s achievement, Bolton remain a club who can “dish it out” (are dirty), they have players who “like a tackle” (are dirty) and have “fighting spirit” (are dirty). They employ the player who has committed the most fouls in the PL for 5 out of the last 7 seasons – stand up Kevin Davies, a proud record and one not easily achieved!!
Bolton have yet to win at Arsenal in the Premiership.
Arsenal have won their last 8 games against Bolton
Arsenal have not conceded a goal in their last 5 home games.
Bolton have failed to score in 8 out of their last 11 away PL games.
Arsenal have scored in the last 20 minutes in 15 of their last 16 games at the Emirates.
Bolton have not won at Arsenal since 1962 – the year after THFC won the League in B & W!
……… Happy reading for an Arsenal fan.
My team would be:
Sagna Squillaci Kos Clichy
Diaby Song Fab Rosicky
However, I expect to keep up my 100% record of team prediction failure.
Bolton have problems of their own, missing Jaaskalinen and Klasnic.
Bolton are never an easy team for us despite our outstanding record. In our last home game back in January, we went 2 goals down in the first half hour. It was the game when Gallas stamped on Davies in the move leading up to our second goal in a 4-2 win …. seems an age ago.
In 1916 Bolton was subjected to one of the World’s first air raids. A German Zeppelin air balloon floated over Bolton and dropped 21 bombs, killing 13 and destroying many buildings.
I will be interested to see whether Coyle continues with the passing game at the Emirates or reverts to the long ball game. Despite his well documented admiration of Wengerball I suspect the latter.
Can we win? Yes. Will we win? Of course.