Only a victory at Bolton can keep fading championship hopes alive

Arsenal travel to Bolton on Saturday for a game that could make or break their league season. Defeat will almost certainly end their title challenge but a much-needed win – their first domestically in six weeks – would give fresh hope with six games remai

Arsenal travel to Bolton on Saturday for a game that could make or break their league season. Defeat will almost certainly end their title challenge but a much-needed win - their first domestically in six weeks - would give fresh hope with six games remaining.

Bolton are scrapping for their Premier League lives and are riddled with problems, despite ending a five-match losing streak with a 0-0 home draw with Manchester City last weekend.

Spanish veteran Ivan Campo has publicly made clear his displeasure at boss Gary Megson's tactics while they have still to fill the large boots left by Nicolas Anelka, who moved to Chelsea.

The Trotters have seriously stuttered in recent weeks and take on Arsenal without their goalscroing skipper Kevin Nolan, who is serving a two-match suspension.


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Bolton last won at the Reebok on Valentine's night when they beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the Uefa Cup. They were later knocked out at Sporting Lisbon after Megson chose to field a virtual reserve side for the vital second leg in Portugal in order to rest players for domestic action.

Kevin Davies (pictured) hit the headlines recently when it was revealed he is the most consistent fouler in the league - but just two goals in 26 games this term is an equally unwelcome stat. El Hadji Diouf has just three to his name.

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