Well Arsenal draw Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup again, but luckily for us it’s at the Emirates. As Arsenal have proved this season they perform well against the top teams, having won at Old Trafford and Anfield and drawing at Stamford Bridge but struggle against the lower teams such as Bolton, Sheffield United and Manchester City.
Most Arsenal fans will relish the chance for us to inflict some punishment against a team we can’t seem to beat over the last 3 seasons. A big plus for us is that Arsenal will have home advantage and we will have space to hurt Bolton with the bigger pitch.
Anyway, it seems our love-affair with the North West has only just begun, with Liverpool tomorrow night in the Carling Cup, Bolton in the FA Cup and Blackburn, Manchester City and Manchester United in the Premiership. The next 5 fixtures will be huge in defining our season.
Our game tomorrow will be tough because it looks like Arsene will play a weakened team and with Liverpool losing on Saturday and going out of the FA Cup you can be sure they will play their strongest team to make sure they stay in the Carling Cup.
It will be interesting whatever happens and there’s no reason why Arsenal can’t spring another surprise and beat Liverpool after a confidence boosting win at the weekend.
And just a note on the dive by Xabi Alonso. To me, that was exactly the same incident everyone seemed to go crazy over when Pires was clipped by the Portsmouth defender at Highbury a few seasons ago. Back then, everyone was chastising Bobby and calling him alsorts but it seems Xabi’s incident has gone unnoticed. Alonso left his leg in and started falling before he made ‘contact’ with Gilberto.
Maybe Arsene should publicly attack the player like Redknapp did against Pires? No chance, that’s not our style.