PL: Bolton vs Arsenal | 20/12/03

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by gooner, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. gooner

    gooner New Member

    This Saturday we take on a Bolton side that are doing really, really well. I so the way they played against Chelsea, and I thought they were excellent. To be honest, Chelsea made more than enough chances to finish the game before half time, but they didn’t and they got their punishment. They also knocked Liverpool out of the FA cup by beating them 3 – 2 at Anfield when Okocha scored a super free kick, and even though they got hammered 4 – 0 by Manchester United they had chances when it was 0 – 0 but coz they didn’t take them they got punished. Normally we are use to seeing Bolton in the bottom three somewhere but this year they are in 10th position in the premier league, and that itself proves how much they have improved.

    Bolton is not an easy team to play away, and all gunners will have a sour taste from last season. We were winning 2 – 0 at one point of the game and suddenly we let into very, very cheap goals and ended up being very costly as we needed those points desperately, and we dropped them at a crucial stage of the championship race. I felt like crying after the match, that is how much it affected me and after that we knew it will be very difficult as it was out of our hands and we knew Man Utd were not going to slip up and our nightmare was confirmed when we lost to Leeds at home.

    Sam Alladyce, although I hate him has bought in some real good players and has revived there careers, just when everyone nearly forgot the names of all the players. He has bought in Okocha, Djorkaeff, Campo, Jardel, Ba as well as Davies.

    The only team to beat Bolton at there own ground this season has Been Birmingham and even they were made to huff and puff till the end of the game.

    It was nice to see the Arsenal second team beat the West Brom first team, and now that we will be facing Boro Wenger may decide to throw in a few more first teamers. If we beat boro, and that is a big if, coz Boro will come at us with everything, and when they play well, they play very solid at the back, although they lack someone special up front, we may meet Bolton or Villa in the final although I think it will be Bolton as they are better.

    Below is a list of who I think will be Bolton’s key players:

    Okocha – Key Man 1
    Djorkaeff + Nolan – Key Men 2
    Stelios + Pedersen + Davies – Key Men 3
    Campo + Ngotty – Key Men 4
    Jaaskelainen – Key Man 5

    Below is the best eleven I would select for Arsenal:


    Lauren Toure Campbell Clichy

    Ljungberg Viera Edu Pires

    Bergkamp Henry

    Although I think Wenger will go with:


    Toure Cygan Campbell Clichy

    Ljungberg Vieira Gilberto Pires

    Bergkamp Henry

    Tottenham take on Man utd at White Hart Lane on Sunday and they will get totally battered right from the beginning. Chelsea take on Fulham and although Fulham are having a brilliant season I can’t see Chelsea losing three games in a row. If all goes well with a lot of luck, both of our London sides can do us a big favour, with Tottenham praying to god that they somehow beat Man utd, and Fulham getting something off Chelsea.

    I hope the Arsenal team are really fired up for this match and are ready to make up for last seasons result at their ground. The first eleven Arsenal players that played against Blackburn have had a good five days rest, compared to quite a few of the first team players of Bolton who had to play 115 minutes to beat Southampton on Tuesday. There are no excuses for Arsenal as we have a good enough squad, and I hope gunners get full revenge for last years result.

    Come On You Gooners!!!
  2. Adam

    Adam New Member Elite

    I think Ricardo Gardner will also be a key man. His athleticism always serves him well against us.

    The big question about our team is Lauren. If he plays, then Cygan is out.
  3. Mark

    Mark New Member Elite

    has cole's ban started now?
  4. Adam

    Adam New Member Elite

    Yes, Clichy for the Reebok.
  5. Mark

    Mark New Member Elite

    i have faith in clichy. he has been quite impressive in carling cup games. how long is ash's ban?
  6. XxGoonaStuxX

    XxGoonaStuxX New Member

    If we play well we will cane them a simple fact. Sometimes our big players don't take the chances given so we end up with dissapointing results (draws) hoepfully Henry will grab himself a goal on Sunday.
  7. arsenal4life

    arsenal4life New Member

    i heard that okacha won't play
    coz he's with Nigierian NT in africa

    any confirmed news
  8. arsenal4life

    arsenal4life New Member

    Okocha determined to play for Nigeria

    Jay-Jay Okocha insists he will represent Nigeria in the African Nations Cup next month despite a plea from Bolton manager Sam Allardyce to remain in England.

    The influential midfielder could be away for about five weeks and will miss the Carling Cup semi-final against Aston Villa.

    Allardyce is incensed that his captain will miss out at such an important stage in the competition.

    But Okocha is adamant that he is going to Tunisia.

    'I should be there for the team (Bolton) but even though I won't be there in person, I will be there spiritually,' he said. 'My heart will be with the boys. I will wish them the best of luck to get to the final.

    'We've got a bigger squad than before and I have no doubt we have the quality to get through. We can do the job. It is a pity that I have to go and I would love to stay after getting to this stage.

    'But the African Nations Cup is massive for us and it doesn't really get the publicity it should. It is like playing in the European Championships. I am going late to the training camp and that is already a big effort for me. I can't do much more.'

    Bolton entertain Arsenal on Saturday and Okocha says there is a feel-good factor around the dressing room.

    'This squad is possibly stronger than it has ever been,' he said Okocha. 'We are growing in confidence game by game and our qualities are coming through. When we relax, we play good football and show the good things we can do.

    'In football, you always have a chance and though Arsenal will be a very difficult game for us, we have nothing to lose.' ... 84&cc=3888
  9. thegame24

    thegame24 New Member

    like i said before in another post.

    this match wil be like the leeds game build up

    its either gonna be a really hard game to win

    or its gonna be a piece of piss and we just whoop em.
  10. thierrys_girl

    thierrys_girl New Member

    Good write up gooner :)

    i believe in clichy and expect him to do well for us on saturday
  11. quattro

    quattro Active Member

    i think lauren will come in as a sub. the way cygan is playing i doubt he'll be taken out of the first xi. anyway, cygan deserves it. if lauren starts then it'll be clichy sitting on the bench.
  12. satan_beckham

    satan_beckham New Member

    lauren should be on the bench, he is still not fully fit,and i really want cygan to continue his good work and clichy to play his second premiership game.We should win this as bolton are tired playing to extra time with their first team so this will be a advantage to us.
  13. SydneyGunnerFan

    SydneyGunnerFan New Member

    i hate to to say this but i think this game is going to be close dont want it to be but probably will who ever scored first i reacon will win the game
  14. gunner_11

    gunner_11 New Member

    Its a good oppurtunity for clichy to gain some experience against a decent premiership side. It'll give him a chance to prove himself. Its always good when you can see young or new players step up and place selection pressure on more experienced players. good luck to him.
  15. lewdikris

    lewdikris New Member Elite

    In all honesty, this is our hardest game til Chelsea in February. Bolton are a real pain in the ass ... but then potentially any of the bottom 17 (lol) are the same. They could hurt you, but just as easily fall apart.

    Hopefully they'll be drained after the epic battle in the Carling Cup.

    Two things for Saturday:

    1. Funny how confident we all are in Clichy innit after 4 whole games. The kid's gonna be brilliant.

    2. Aliadiere really needs a league goal to cement his good progress this season. Let's hope he gets it Saturday....
  16. slapz

    slapz New Member Trusted

    I wouldnt bracket Davies in Key Men 3 as he is much better than that.. trust me when i say Campbell will know he's been in a contest

    Ricky Gardner will be a major threat as he is very tricky and if he gets his crossing right, we'd be in trouble.

    Pedersen wont be playing
  17. Andrew

    Andrew New Member

    We win easily all the games I think we will struggle in and we struggle in all the games I think we'll win easily. This is a game I think we'll struggle in so we will win easy. That will be the case. This season at least it has worked almost 100% of the time!
  18. GoonerGurjit

    GoonerGurjit New Member Elite

    This is going to be a really hard game in my view. Allardyce has built a very good team. A midfield consisting of Okocha, Campo, Djorkaeff and Ba is better then most Premiership teams'. I hope we're up for the battle at the Reebok or we'll come home with our first league defeat of the season.
  19. KoLo28

    KoLo28 New Member

    lets hope the nightmare last season will rev the lads up and we'll come away with the 3points.
  20. slapz

    slapz New Member Trusted

    The midfield will most likely be Nolan/Stelios Campo Frandsen and Okocha. Youri will just float

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