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 welcome Bolton Wanderers to Emirates Stadium on Saturday so, to find out more, we also asked Mark Iles of the Bolton News for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

“Bolton still rely heavily on the physical presence of Kevin Davies but they are more creative in the final third under Owen Coyle. Martin Petrov can deliver crosses with quality, Tuncay is clever with his movement and if Chris Eagles plays he is a good runner with the ball."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"How they're going to set up is the million dollar question at the moment. They didn't play well on Sunday in the first half against Norwich but there were nine changes in midweek against Aston Villa. A lot of those supposed squad players have given themselves a real chance of playing against Arsenal. I think a lot of people are looking forward to seeing what the team sheet will be now.

"It has not been a good start and I don't think anybody is fooling themselves about that. They played very well on the opening day against QPR but since then there have been a few lapses - albeit a very tough start to the season.

"I think that the biggest strength with this Bolton side is the togetherness and pluckiness that has kept them in the Premier League for 10 years. That spirit is still there. There are a few things that need tightening up at the minute, but I don't think that spirit has left them at all.

"Traditionally it's been the case that Bolton have maybe used their physicality against Arsenal. You could argue that they look slightly frail at the minute and I think the high tempo Bolton used in midweek will serve them well.

"The fact that there have been eight signings is possibly an explanation of the instability for Bolton this season. New players are still bedding in and they all look like they're capable of producing, even if some of them may have a little bit to prove.

"Ngog is the big signing up front and played very well in midweek. Where he fits in alongside Kevin Davies, Ivan Klasnic or Tuncay is what we're all waiting to see. I think he has the pace that Bolton haven't really had since Nicolas Anelka left us. Owen Coyle tinkered with his formation a little bit with Ngog as the main striker and that has excited a few people because he is traditionally a 4-4-2 man week-in week-out. There's a few question marks over whether that's the way to go but it is a different option."

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22 Sep 2011