Team news and manager quotes ahead of Arsenal’s Carling Cup fourth-round clash at home to Bolton.
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen could make his comeback from a two-month Achilles injury layoff. With one eye on Saturday’s derby at Chelsea, manager Arsene Wenger is likely to rest the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Robin van Persie, and give starts to the fringe players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Francis Coquelin, Park Chu-Young and Emmanuel Frimpong. Carl Jenkinson (knee), Abou Diaby (ankle), Kieran Gibbs (stomach), Bacary Sagna (leg) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) are unavailable.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle will ring the changes. The likes of Adam Bogdan, Zat Knight, Gretar Steinsson, Fabrice Muamba, Mark Davies,Ricardo Gardner, Gael Kakuta, Ivan Klasnicand Tuncay Sanli are set to come into the team, while youngster Joe Riley will feature in the squad. On-loan defender Dedryck Boyata, who came off with an ankle problem in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League defeat to Sunderland, is ineligible for this game but Coyle hopes the Belgian will be available for the trip to Swansea at the weekend.
Arsene Wenger: “I think (Marouane) Chamakh worked very hard (against Stoke), he’s looking for a goal at the moment. I’m pleased with his effort but in his mind he knows (Robin) Van Persie is untouchable unless he plays with him. It’s difficult to play with two strikers and two wingers. Unless I change the system it will be him or Van Persie.”
Owen Coyle: “We know we have got a good set of players who want to do well for the club, supporters and themselves. We have to retain that belief because we have the capability to deliver results,”