Bolton for Bolton

Bolton put to the sword as we try to haul ourselves back into the title race and next up is a home game on Wednesday night against…Bolton. Yesterday’s 2-0 victory at the Reebok Stadium was hard-fought but goals from Cesc Fabregas and Franny Merida made sure we came away with the vital three points. I for one was relieved to see Gael Clichy get a run out and surely he will replace the out-of-sorts Armand Traore the next time we face Owen Coyle’s side.
So to the papers and their coverage of the glorious Gunners and the Mirror kicks things off with post-match quotes from our beloved leader. AW said: “When the season started we were not convinced that be could be where we are. Now we’re where we are, we want to give it a go. We know there is a long way to go, but now we have a chance to fight for it, so let’s have a go.”
AW says he feels that skipper Cesc, who scored his 13th goal of the campaign, sums up the surprising maturity among his team – as we chase the big prize ahead of schedule. He added: “Some players have much more personality on the pitch than they did three years ago. Cesc is the perfect example, he has authority on the ball, he is scoring goals and he is influential.”
The Telegraph points out that we can go top if we beat Bolton again and quotes AW: “Of course it will mean something to the players to go top on Wednesday. But we know there is a long way to go. We are a big club and when you are a big club the most difficult is like last year when in October or November you know that you don’t fight for the Championship. Now we have a chance to fight for it, so let’s have a go.”
Super Cesc has his say in the Current Bun: “There is all to play for. It’s very important to win for the title race. It is very important for us to win again on Wednesday for the title. But we respect every Prem team, anyone can beat anyone.”
Meanwhile, the Daily Star reports that our jubilant fans ­chanted “There’s only one Gary ­Megson” in cheeky reference to the man Coyle has succeeded. They don’t, however, make mention of a song celebrating one Premier League manager’s involuntary muscle contractions.
On to team news ahead of Wednesday night and the Times reports on our current injuries. ‘Arsenal’s injury problems show no sign of receding. Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey were ruled out for three weeks with respective hamstring and thigh injuries sustained in training last week, but Wenger expressed hope that Denilson and Theo Walcott will have recovered from back and abductor muscle problems to face Bolton. Nicklas Bendtner is also on the mend after a complicated groin problem and is expected back at the start of next month.'<
That's all folks, except to welcome your thoughts on Andrey Arshavin's contribution yesterday…and why did he look like he'd just been sentenced to life in a gulag after Merida nabbed the second?

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