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英超博尔顿队力争一赛季3胜阿森纳

2006-02-13 00:00张海山,CRI

Arsenal Desperate to Get the Better of Bolton

Arsenal face Bolton Wanderers for the third time in a little over two months on Saturday hoping to avoid a third successive defeat at the hands of Sam Allardyce's side.

Bolton won 1-0 in the FA Cup and 2-0 in the league, both at the Reebok, but it is not just this season that they have proved a thorn in Arsenal's side. They beat them 1-0 at the Reebok last season and drew at Highbury and also managed draws in the three previous campaigns.

It is a remarkable record for a club who begin each season with the main aim of avoiding relegation while their illustrious rivals dream of titles and trophies.

Currently, however, there are only two points and two places between them in the Premier League standings and seventh-placed Bolton have a game in hand on their fifth-placed rivals.

Bolton will be buoyed by the return of players from the African Nations Cup and are arranging a private jet to bring back El Hadji Diouf, Abdoulaye Faye and Jay Jay Okocha after Thursday's third/fourth playoff between Nigeria and Senegal in Egypt.

"They will join the rest of the squad in London and prepare for what will be a massive game against Arsenal," Allardyce told the club's website.

"If they avoid any injuries they will be ready to play on Saturday -- Radhi Jaidi returned to the club on Tuesday and is ready to play some part at Highbury."

None of that quartet were on duty when Bolton knocked a weakened Arsenal out of the FA Cup two weeks ago and Allardyce knows that this weekend will present a much stiffer test.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has poured all his resources into his league campaign -- going out of both domestic cups in the process -- but with his Champions League duel with Real Madrid less than two weeks away the Frenchman might not be able to resist further "rotation".

The decision whether to reinstate Sol Campbell after his disappearance could be taken out of his hands by an ankle injury.

The England centre back returned to training on Monday after walking out on the club after their 3-2 defeat by West Ham United, in which he was substituted at halftime.

Wenger could give a debut to Theo Walcott, the 16-year-old striker signed from Southampton last month and who scored for the reserves on Wednesday.

Arsenal are four points behind local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the battle for fourth place, though they have a game in hand and with Spurs visiting bottom club Sunderland on Sunday the Gunners cannot afford another Bolton blank.

Chelsea will expect to take another regulation step towards retaining the title as they visit a Middlesbrough side thumped 4-0 at home by Aston Villa last week.

Chelsea have 66 points from 25 games, 15 clear of Manchester United, and warmed up for the weekend nicely with a 4-1 thrashing of Everton in their FA Cup replay on Wednesday.

The battle for second place has moved Manchester United's way in recent weeks as Liverpool have faltered.

Since their last-gasp 1-0 win defeat at Old Trafford three weeks ago Liverpool have lost to Chelsea and Charlton Athletic and drawn at home with Birmingham City. United, away to Portsmouth on Saturday, have 51 points to the 45 of Liverpool. Raphael Benitez's side have a game in hand -- away to Arsenal next Tuesday -- and make the short trip to Wigan in Saturday's lunchtime kickoff game.

2月11日,博尔顿队将在海布里球场同阿森纳队进行英超第26轮比赛。这场比赛同时也是两队在不到两个月的时间里第三度交锋。此前,在英足总杯和英超联赛中,博尔顿队在锐步体育场分别以1:0和2:0击败阿森纳队。

据路透社10日报道,博尔顿队其实并不是本赛季才获得阿森纳队“克星”这一称号的。上个赛季在主教练阿莱戴斯率领下,博尔顿队联赛中在锐步体育场以1:0的比分让“枪手”蒙羞而归,接着在海布里球场他们又和对手打平,全身而退,保持上赛季对阵阿森纳队不败战绩。

这样的彪炳战绩对于一个每年都在为保级而战的球队来说实在是一个了不起的成就,要知道他们的对手是每年都在为拿联赛冠军而拚命的球队。然而就本赛季而言,两队之间的差距似乎并不大。目前,阿森纳队积40分,仅比积38分的博尔顿队多2分,从排名来看阿森纳队暂居第5,而博尔顿队则排第7。

在11日的比赛中,博尔顿队的实力随着参加非洲国家杯比赛球员的回归将变得更加强大。博尔顿队为了保证迪乌夫、法耶和澳柯察等3名非洲球员9日在参加完非洲国家杯尼日利亚和塞内加尔3、4名比赛后能及时回到英超参加比赛,已经特意为他们安排了专机。

“他们将在伦敦和球队会合,准备参加同阿森纳队的这场大战。”主教练阿莱戴斯在接受俱乐部官方网站记者采访时表示:“只要他们不受伤,他们届时将为11日的比赛做好充分准备。另一名突尼斯球员贾一迪已经在7日回到英国,届时他也将在同阿森纳队的比赛中大显身手。”

据悉,以上4名非洲球员在两个星期前博尔顿队1:0将阿森纳队淘汰出足总杯的比赛中都没有出场。

此次非洲4名球员的同时出场,势必将大大提高博尔顿队的整体实力。为了应对本场比赛,阿森纳队主教练温格将动用他目前所拥有的一切球员资源。对于阿森纳队来说,在足总杯和联赛杯出局后,他们本赛季唯一的目标就是联赛和欧洲冠军联赛,为此他们将全力以赴。

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