Villa thriller will see Gun­ners fire

BOLTON v ARSE­NAL Kick-off 8pm


ARSENE WENGER hopes their FA Cup turn­around against As­ton Villa will kick­start Arse­nal’s crap sea­son.

The Gun­ners have come un­der fire from fans for los­ing their last three Premier League games – twice throw­ing away leads.

They got in front against Ful­ham and Swansea only to lose both clashes, then fell short in a fight­back against Manch­ester United.

But the way they bat­tled back from 2-0 down against Villa in Sun­day’s cup clash to win 3-2 re­stored Wenger’s con­fi­dence that they can fight for a top four spot.

He said: “Our tar­get is to show the re­sponse we showed against As­ton Villa now in the Premier League. We want to get up the league and fight for the top four.

“We have the qual­ity and I feel if you look at re­sults re­cently we were un­for­tu­nate be­cause in ev­ery game we were in a po­si­tion where we could win it.

“It’s not that you felt there was ab­so­lutely no qual­ity there, it’s just that we missed what makes the dif­fer­ence.

“We know from pre­vi­ous games that we have that strength and that the de­sire in the team is great.”

Wenger heads to the Ree­bok tonight claim­ing Bolton are bet­ter than their lowly po­si­tion sug­gests.


He added: “No mat­ter who you play, whether it is first or last, you have a com­pet­i­tive game.”

Trot­ters boss Owen Coyle reck­ons mid­fielder Mark Davies re­minds him of Paul Gas­coigne. Davies has been a driv­ing force in the Whites’ mid­field and was in­flu­en­tial in the vic­to­ries over Swansea and Liver­pool.

And Coyle be­lieves Davies can cause the Gun­ners ma­jor prob­lems.

He said: “The thing about Mark Davies is that he is so dif­fer­ent. He drives for­ward and takes peo­ple on.

“The best ex­am­ple of that in an English mid­fielder was Paul Gas­coigne.

“I loved watch­ing Gazza driv­ing for­ward with the ball and tak­ing play­ers on.

“Mark has got a long way to go to get to that level but he has quick feet and is scor­ing a goal now and then.”

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