Arsenal can beat the 19th team in the league twice.
The stats are of dubious value : Bolton have played Arsenal 8 times at the Reebok.
Three wins each, two draws, both sides have scored 12 goals in those 8 games.
There are no bogey teams, says sports scientist Wenger : “Historically, we struggled against any team when we didn’t play well.”
This, clearly, is a lucky weekend for Arsenal.
Spurs went phut with a 0-0 against Hull at the Lane and Manchester City were outplayed by Everton , who won 2-0 and hit the bar three times. Roberto Mancini was gracious in defeat, which I love. He said : Everton were better than us.
That was Mancini’s second biggest statement of the day.
The Italian put Robinho on as a sub for Roque Santa Cruz and then took him off 51 minutes later and put on SWP !
Carlos Vela was gutted 11 days ago.
He was due to start against Bolton when the game was postponed.
I heard Vieira was coming to Arsenal but City doubled Arsenal’s wage offer. Today the News of the World says Vieira took a 500% pay cut. And The People says he failed City’s medical.
One NoW story says Man United are lining up Pep Guardiola for the season after next.
That contradicts what I heard two weeks ago : that Wenger was lining up Pep, who would come over next season, settle his family in, learn English properly, and take the reins in summer 2011.
Is that scenario credible?
Not really. But bringing Barcelona to Cesc Fabregas would be a smarter than selling Fabregas to Barcelona.
Cesc could manage Arsenal for five years, then coach his beloved Barca.
That’s in the future and I rarely talk about the future. Football is a topical pleasure, two hours of entertinment, it’s about now, today, the next game, nothing else.
This week Fabregas can lead Arsenal to two victories over Bolton.
GOAL OF THE WEEK : By Ashley Cole for Chelsea against Sunderland. Fantastic goal. What a player he is!
That’s the kind of sharp, skilful goal Vela would score if he was any good.
Score : Chelsea 7 Sunderland 2.