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ARSENAL PREVIEW: Megson's men will be no pushover

PUBLISHED: 09:49 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 September 2010

ARSENAL V BOLTON Emirates Stadium Saturday 10 January, 3pm Barclays Premier League Emirates Stadium Gary Megson s appointment as Bolton manager in October 2007, as a replacement for Sammy Lee, was greeted with much head-scratching in the old Lancashire m

ARSENAL V BOLTON

Emirates Stadium

Saturday 10 January, 3pm

Barclays Premier League

Emirates Stadium

Gary Megson's appointment as Bolton manager in October 2007, as a replacement for Sammy Lee, was greeted with much head-scratching in the old Lancashire mill town. Few had seen it coming.

But after successfully guiding them to Premier League safety last term, the former Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion manager is again steering the Trotters in the right direction.

For a club whose gates rarely top 20,000, they lie in 11th place in the table with one furtive eye on possible European qualification.

Sceptical fans have even, on occasion, chanted Megson's name, but after the achievements of club legend Sam Allardyce, he must do plenty more to fully convince Wanderers followers he is the right man for the job.

His experience and thick skin will stand him in good stead for the remainder of another trying season.

The Gunners were top of the league in September after an excellent 3-1 win at the Reebok - following a 3-2 victory in Lancashire last year after initally going 2-0 down and having Abou Diaby sent off - and a league double over Megson's side would continue Arsenal's solid start to the New Year.

Arsenal have beaten Bolton on their only two league visits to Emirates and the bookies have made the hosts overwhelming favourites for another three points.

Wanders will be without the suspended duo of captain Kevin Nolan and defender Gretar Steinsson, while defender Gary Cahill is also a doubt after missing the last two matches with a hip injury. Former England midfielder Gavin McCann, however, will return after serving a two match suspension.


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