Saturday, November 25, 2006
Can Arsenal Beat Bolton for the first time in four years?
Clashes between the two teams in recent seasons have been a tale of verbal spats between both managers and on-field disciplinary problems that have led to red cards, serious injuries and a distinct absence of Arsenal Victories over Allardyce’s team. Complaints by Arsenal Manager Wenger over Bolton’s physical style have upset Allardyce but the London club have now failed to beat Wanders in the Premiership for four years.
ANOTHER FAILURE to collect all these points this weekend will further damage Arsenal’s hopes of challenging Manchester United and Chelsea for the title.
Arsenal captain Thierry Henry will miss the game with a neck injury. Defender William Gallas and Tomas Rosicky are also out of the Gunners side with injuries but Gilberto Silva should return. Robin Van Persie is suspended.
But Allardyce admits that his team will not compromise their style against Arsenal as they attempt to end their run of four games without a win.
He said: “We need to get ourselves back to winning ways but we have a very ood record indeed against Arsenal and I want that to continue”.
“WE BEAT them twice at the Reebok Stadium in League and Cup last season and they haven’t won against us at home or away since 2002.”
“That is a terrific record for a club like Bolton.” Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg insists that Wenger’s Squad now have the mental and physical strength to compare with the likes of Bolton.