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P.J. Murray 23rd Apr 2011 - 11:46

Bolton to be the final nail in Arsenal's coffin

After clamping down on interviews and general media interaction the only place left for Arsenal to do their talking is on the pitch.

Arsene 'Harpo Marx' Wenger has thrown away his team's chances of league victory this season and now they are fighting to hold on to second place. Their reputation as chokers will be compounded if they fail to consolidate second place in the league at the very least.

The Gunners are odds on at 8/11 to take victory from a Bolton side who were trounced by Stoke in the FA Cup semi-final last week.

Owen Coyle's side are 7/2 to hand Arsenal another body blow to their already faltering season, while the draw is priced at 11/4.

Arsenal go into this fixture unbeaten in 2011, but thanks to draws against Liverpool and Tottenham the Gunners have slipped out of title contention. Bolton on the other hand are having a much better year, having won each of their last four home ties, three of which saw the Trotters keep a clean sheet.

We are offering two Match Winner Specials on this game based on Arsenal's recent performances. At the endhanced price of 7/1 you can back Arsenal to take the lead and fail to win or at 11/4 you can back a goal to be scored from the 85th minute onwards.

If Van Persie were to fully represent himself and score he would set a new Premier League record for scoring in successive away matches, this would make it number seven and he is even money to score anytime and 4/1 to score first.

Nasri has hit the back of the net 15 times this season in the league, the Frenchman is 13/2 to score first and 15/8 to hit the back of the net anytime. Visiting the ground where he really cut his teeth, Jack Wilshire is 5/1 to repay Bolton with a goal.

Daniel Sturridge has scored six goals in his last eight league games for Bolton, the Chelsea loanee has been a revelation this season for Bolton and he is 13/2 to score first and 15/8 to score anytime. Kevin Davies has been known to bag a goal or two and the striker is 10/3 to breach the Arsenal defence.

At 21/10 you can back either Van Persie or Daniel Sturridge to score first in our first goalscorers coupled market.

Bolton are going to want to get stuck in and stop Arsenal playing their free flowing brand of cultured football, this could require picking up a few cards to stop the likes of Nasri and Wilshire, at 10/11 you can back Bolton to get the first card of the game. For some added value you can get 9/2 about a card being shown in the first 15 minutes.

Bolton are a nice price at 21/20 to start with a one goal head start, with Arsenal's inability to close out games the Trotters may be able to keep things tight. It's 50/1 for Arsenal to be involved in another 3-3 thriller.

Liam Gallagher predicted a 3-0 win for Arsenal on BBC's Football Focus, but his prediction, like his music, is rubbish and I'm saying it will be a lot closer than that. I expect Bolton to close down Arsenal at every chance and at 21/20 plus one I think Bolton will bounce back and end Arsenal's season.


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