Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Arsène Wenger and his side host Bolton Wanderers in the Carling Cup on Tuesday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Mark Iles for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Bolton looked a poor side on their visit to Emirates Stadium a few weeks ago. Their back four looked disjointed while they lacked punch in attack. The only player to do himself justice was Nigel Reo-Coker in midfield.

"Owen Coyle needs to show why he is held in such high regard by improving his team tactically but he may look to rest some established players on Tuesday because Bolton are struggling in the Premier League."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"Obviously the defeat against Chelsea was a heavy one. Things turned around a bit against Wigan, who I thought were a very poor side if I'm honest with you. It looked like they may have turned a corner with that one but then the game against Sunderland was just another poor performance.

"Owen Coyle has a big job on his hands trying to motivate the team.

"I just think that perhaps some of the players he has previously relied upon haven't quite been producing the goods on a regular basis. I think defensively things improved against Sunderland, Coyle shuffled the back four around and seems to have found a good mix.

"Elsewhere in the team things defensively aren't quite there, however, which puts pressure on the back four. Looking at Arsenal and how we know they will play and set up it is going to be a big task to interrupt them.

"We've seen two fairly strong line-ups in the first two games of the competition. They don't really have a massive squad of players to mess about with really, whereas Arsène Wenger can look at his younger first-team players. There are some players who haven't had a good game and they may be given a chance to audition, if you will, at the Emirates. Obviously Coyle is looking for answers and something to think about.

"We have Gael Kakuta who was absolutely outstanding in the last round against Aston Villa who hasn't had a chance up until this weekend. Against Sunderland he came off the bench and I think we're all desperate to see him. He has not quite figured as much as he would have wanted to but I think he will see this as a big opportunity. He has the ability to worry defences.

"You know you're probably not going to come up against the Van Persies of the world that would turn out on a regular basis in the Premier League but we've seen in the past few years that players with the incentive of trying to work their way into Wenger's plans can perform at a very high level. Arsenal have turned over a lot of Premier League sides with a very young team.

"It has to be looked at as a big pick-me-up for Bolton to go there and try to get a result in a competition where perhaps the pressure is off a little bit. I've got to say I think it might go all the way, we might be looking at penalties on this. I'll say Bolton on penalties, how about that?"

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    25 Oct 2011