Arsenal vs. Bolton: Carling Cup Preview and Projected Starting XI

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Arsenal vs. Bolton: Carling Cup Preview and Projected Starting XI
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The impressive Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to start vs Bolton

Arsenal were once again saved thanks to their talisman Robin Van Persie, as he came off the bench and scored twice in Arsenal's 3-1 against Stoke City on Wednesday. Gervinho also looked very impressive against Stoke as he scored one and set up both Van Persie goals. Gervinho expressed that it is vital to keep Robi Van Perse at the club. Robin Van Persie has been Arsenal's savior and is among the world's best, according to Arsene Wenger.

When you want to be a team with quality you always have a player who stands out and who gets on the end of things. We had Thierry Henry before. Robin has exceptional quality.

Both Van Persie and Gervinho will get some much needed rest as Arsenal hosts Bolton Wanderers in the Carling Cup on Tuesday. These two will be most likely replaced by Korean striker Chu-Young Park and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been raising eyebrows ever since he joined the North London club. Arsenal will also get a massive boost as Abou Diaby returns to the squad after a lengthy injury spell.

Wenger will probably look to his second team to get the job done against a Bolton side that has been struggling throughout the season. Arsenal have already beaten Bolton earlier in the season with a 3-0 win at the Emirates. Bolton will hope to turn their season around with a victory at the Emirates in the Carling Cup.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle must be concerned with his team's start to the season as they have already lost their seventh game in the EPL in a 2-0 loss at home to Sunderland at the weekend. However, Coyle still remains optimistic about his team and turning their season around. He stated:

I sat, and when I thought about it—it's not a team or group of players that are playing out of their skin and not getting results. There is so much more to come from them, so in my mind, that tells us that when we pick it up and bring it all together, we will pick those points up and go on. This is not a team that is at its' maximum and still not winning games.

Expect Coyle to field his strongest side, while Wenger will try to use more of his youth and reserve players to get the job done and advance to the next round of the competition.

Now let's take a look at what players Wenger will most likely field vs Bolton.


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