Bolton v Arsenal preview

New Bolton centre-back Tim Ream is unlikely to make his

Wanderers debut.

Ream’s transfer from the New York Red Bulls was confirmed last

week, but the United States international has been back in his

homeland sorting out passport issues related to the move and

Trotters boss Owen Coyle says it will be “tight” for him to get

back in time for the Gunners match.

Fellow defender Tyrone Mears, a summer signing from Burnley,

could make his bow for Bolton and goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen may

return to the team after both were on the bench for Saturday’s 2-1

FA Cup fourth-round victory over Swansea having recovered from a

broken leg and thigh problem respectively.

Arsenal will have Swiss defender Johan Djourou (calf) available

for the game.

Full-back Bacary Sagna returned from four months out with a

broken ankle with a late substitute appearance in the 3-2 FA Cup

win over Aston Villa, but may be rested. Thierry Henry and Mikel

Arteta (both calf) are available.

Full-back Kieran Gibbs (groin) has returned to normal training,

but Carl Jenkinson (back), Andre Santos (ankle) and midfielder Abou

Diaby (hamstring) are still out while strikers Marouane Chamakh and

Gervinho are away at the African Nations Cup and midfielder Jack

Wilshere suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from an ankle


Bolton (from): Bogdan, Jaaskelainen, Wheater, Boyata, Knight,

Mears, Eagles, Robinson, Muamba, Petrov, K Davies, Klasnic, Tuncay,

M Davies, Pratley, Ngog, Blake, Reo-Coker, Steinsson, Ricketts,

Riley, O’Halloran.

Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Djourou,

Koscielny, Walcott, Song, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, van

Persie, Almunia, Park, Yennaris, Squillaci, Benayoun, Miquel,

Arshavin, Henry, Arteta, Coquelin.