So we go from playing one set of northern time wasting fouling moaning knobs, to, er, playing another set of northern time wasting fouling moaning knobs. And on Saturday, we play some northern time wasting fouling moaning knobs if we win on Wednesday. Best league in the world. We return to our most favoured of northern hunting grounds afterKolo secured a replay in the FA Cup fourth round. Quick factoid, we’re two points above them in the table yet our goal difference is 22 higher than theirs. knobs.
A shite but effective performance against Wigan continues our decent-ish run of form. This is the tenth game in a row that we’ve been on TV, and in that time we’ve won seven and drawn three. Fans of the rest of the teams in the premiership must be fucking sick of us by now.
In Wenger’s career we’ve had to face Bolton sixteen times before this game. We’ve won six, drawn six and lost four. In the FA Cup, we knocked them out at the Reebok in the sixth round in 2005, and were knocked out by them in the third round last season, also at the Reebok stadium. So this is the third time in three seasons that we’ll have to play Bolton Away in the FA Cup. They could at least be imaginative with the rigging. I mean, honestly. The other three losses came in the league, at the Reebok Stadium, in the last three seasons, including a rather shite 3-1 loss this season. Before that we had a fairly reasonable record against them, but it’s only in the last few years that they’ve become a ‘bogey’ side. Probably coincided with the perfection of Allardyces’ particular brand of anti football.
In their last six league games, the knobs have won two, drawn two and lost two.
We’ve won eight and drawn three in our last eleven games in all competitions. Although form means nothing when playing these knobs.
Eboue, Gallas and van Persie out.
Freddie unlikely to make it into the squad according to Arsene.
Hleb returned to training today, I doubt he’ll go back into the squad so soon.
Diaby is fit again and should be in the squad.
Senderos still suspended.
Fabregas took a knock to the knee against Wigan but was unlikely to feature anyway.
Djourou received a broken nose at the hands of that fat knob Heskey in the same fixture. He might play with one of those silly masks, or Gilberto will have to fill in at centre back.
Kevin Davies is out till March, the fat knob. A couple other knobs that no one cares about injured also.
I’m not entirely sure how Wenger is going to approach this game. It just seems like one where the likes of Aliadiere, Flamini etc will start. However, it would make more sense to play a strong team on Wednesday and then rest some key players on Saturday. If we lose on Wednesday having played a weakened side, then it will have been fairly pointless seeing as the first team will then spend the weekend twiddling their thumbs. Plus, we play PSV Eindhoven away next Tuesday, and it would make more sense to rest players the game before that then the game before a potential home tie against a team that we’ve beaten for fun this season.
If there’s a bit of rotation by Arsene, Almunia will probably return in goal, Flamini, Diaby and Denilson to return to the midfield and Adebayor probably starting upfront with Aliadiere. We don’t have much scope for rotation in the defense as we only have four available defenders. I’d expect Henry to get a rest regardless of the rest of the side; he played 90 minutes three times last week. He’s fairly useless in this sort of game anyway.
Maybe we’ll see something like:
Poom, Flamini, Denilson, Fabregas, Walcott
Although it’s really anybody’s guess.