Bolton vs Arsenal team news

Updated: January 31, 2012

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Bolton host Arsenal at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday night, with both teams needing a victory.

The Trotters have enjoyed a recent upturn in form, winning three consecutive games in all competitions and beating Liverpool 3-1.

Three wins in their last 11 Premier League games sees Bolton languishing one point outside the relegation zone, however.

Arsenal have endured an erratic season, where good form saw the Gunners forget about a nightmare start to their campaign.

Three consecutive league losses have seen Arsenal slip to fifth place and five points behind Chelsea, however.

Arsenal comfortably won the last meeting between the sides back in September. A brace from Robin van Persie and a late goal from Alex Song helped Arsenal to a 3-0 victory.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle may recall Jussi Jaaskelainen, Fabrice Muamba, Zat Knight and Gretar Steinsson to the starting line-up after they were rested at the weekend.

New signing Tim Ream is unlikely to make his Bolton debut, but Tyrone Mears could make his first appearance for the club.

Mark Davies has played behind David N‘Gog in recent weeks, with Kevin Davies watching from the bench. The Bolton captain looks set to stay at Bolton, but might not regain his first team place against Arsenal with Bolton likely to deploy a 4-5-1 formation.

Bacary Sagna returns to the Arsenal squad, but Francis Coquelin will likely continue to deputise at right back.

Mikel Arteta is fit and will probably replace Thomas Rosicky in the Arsenal midfield. Thierry Henry could start from the bench, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s recent form should guarantee him a starting spot.

Possible Line-Ups:

Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Ricketts, Wheater, Knight, Eagles, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Davies, N’Gog

Arsenal: Szczesny, Coquelin, Vermaelan, Mertesacker, Kosienly, Ramsey, Walcott, Arteta, Song, Oxlade-Chamberlin, Van Persie

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