All of a sudden, the crisis at the Emirates is over. Then again, anyone with half a brain will have realised that Arsenal are needing time to adjust from the loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, while Jack Wilshere’s absence from midfield has also led to Arsenal struggling.
Back-to-back wins against Sunderland and Stoke City mean that the Gunners are up to seventh in the Premier League and the first team can put their feet up ahead of the weekend trip to Chelsea while the youngsters tackle a Bolton side that won at Aston Villa in the last round.
Bet365 (£200 free bets) offer 4/7 that the side selected by Arsene Wenger proves too strong for the Trotters and reaches the quarter final of the Carling Cup, with the Gunners having beaten Shrewsbury in the last round after initially falling behind.
We will certainly not see Robin Van Persie grace the pitch, although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should get a chance to shine and he can be backed at 8/1 (Victor Chandler – £25 free betting) to score the first goal of the game.
Tomas Rosicky, Park Chu-Young, Emmanuel Frimpong and Yossi Benayoun can also expect to be involved as the Gunners look to go one better than last season when they lost to Birmingham in the final, although the Bolton first team will also be eyeing cup glory.
It has not been a good start to the campaign for Owen Coyle’s team, although they did win 3-1 at Wigan in their last away match and odds of 5/1 seem pretty big considering that the Arsenal first team has looked shaky this term, let alone the reserve side.