Top of the table is the target

Top of the table if we can beat Bolton convincingly tonight and AW has been talking about the dodgy patch we went through a while back when the critics told us we were finished for this season.
The papers carry a lot of quotes from the boss and the Mail kick things off this morning in our back-page round-up which is as reliable as a tax return from Henry James Redknapp. Allegedly.
AW said: ‘Everybody wrote us off and we are back in it. We have won nothing yet but we have won some credibility.
‘However, that is not enough. We want more but at least we are in a position to fight for it and have a go. That’s what we want to do but we know as well that there’s a long way to go.But it gives us a lot of credit – to the players as well – that, despite all that has happened, we are still there. When you are such a young team that is something very interesting to have.’
Meanwhile the Mirror sees AW weighing up the odds of bringing in new faces during the window.”We are not close to signing anybody at the moment and we are so focused on the game that we forget a little bit to speak about transfers,” he said.
“We have so many players out that our talks are more focused on ‘when is he back, when he is back’ and it looks like any player we can get back is like a transfer because we have not seen some players this season – like Walcott, like Bendtner.
They can be fresh for the second part of the season and they can give us a big push.”
The paper says that although beating Bolton for the second time in four days could send his men above Chelsea on goal difference, having then played the same amount of games, AW is staying cool.
“It has a psychological meaning, that we are there and to fight at the top of the table, but mathematically it has not too much significance because it is a long way to go,” added AW. “I am not stupid. We have won nothing yet. Yes, we have won some credibility. However, that is not enough. We want more, at least we are in a position to fight for it and have a go.
“That is what we want to do, but we know as well that there is a long way to go. I have the confidence that my team will give absolutely everything. I trust their hunger, I trust their appetite and I trust their spirit.”
Elsewhere Bolton manager Owen Coyle admits he is still keen on Jack Wilshere, says the Sun, and spoke to AW about the player when he was manager at Burnley but a loan deal failed to materialise before he left Turf Moor.
Asked whether he was keeping tabs on the youngster, Coyle said: “Always. I admire good players and that kid is certainly a good player.”
“I’m a little bit uncomfortable talking about it because we play Arsenal on Wednesday and I don’t think that’s the way we should go about it. But he’s a fantastic young player, a player I believe will eventually play in the Arsenal first team and for England.
“He’s one that I’ve always admired, but I think that conversation is for after Wednesday night when we’ve played Arsenal, and we’ll take it from there.”
Sol Campbell won’t figure at all tonight, but the Telegraph reckons he may return against Stoke City in the FA Cup on Sunday.
The paper says the arrival of Campbell has pushed Philippe Senderos closer to the exit, with Celtic poised to agree a loan deal for the Switzerland defender until the end of the season.
And they carry possible line-ups for tonight’s game, too. Arsenal (probable) (4-2-3-1): Almunia; Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy; Denilson, Diaby; Rosicky, Fabregas, Eduardo; Arshavin.
Bolton (probable) (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson; Lee, Muamba, Cohen, Taylor; Klasnic, Davies.

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