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 face Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok on Wednesday so, to find out more, we also asked local journalist Mark Iles for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Bolton have played better over the last couple of games, particularly in midfield and attack. David Ngog has pace, Martin Petrov delivers excellent crosses, while Nigel Reo-Coker and Mark Davies are playing with energy and desire. Chris Eagles, too, can be dangerous when running with the ball. However, they are still struggling at the heart of their defence. Both David Wheater and Zat Knight lack pace, but to make matters worse they are not reading the game quickly enough to compensate for it. If Arsenal play at a high tempo, they should cause all manner of problems."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"Things have improved steadily since beating Blackburn on December 20 and their performances have been quite good. There have been a couple of setbacks, like losing to Man United and Newcastle, but on the whole things are starting to look a bit rosier.
A few players are coming back from injury, they have a settled line-up, a settled formation and whereas things were a bit doom and gloom before Christmas, it's looking a bit better now.

"Owen Coyle has had so much bad luck with injuries and form: some of his key performers haven't been at the races at all. In the last six to eight games though, some of those key performers have found a level of consistency. We have also seen people like Sam Ricketts come back and look fresh, David Ngog is fit again, and it gives them a bit more solidity when you know what your team is going to be on a Saturday.

"Mark Davies is the man for Bolton. he is playing in a role that really suits him, behind the front man. He is starting to mature, and we wondered whether he would be one of those players with unfulfilled potential, but he is starting to know a bit more of himself and really having an influence on games.

"It is in Owen Coyle's nature to play attacking football but recently there has been a bit of a counter-balance with them only playing one man up front. It gives them more insurance by having Nigel Reo-Coker in front of the back four. It has had a impact on the gung-ho football that we saw at times last season from them, but I think it suits the players.

"Ivan Klasnic is a possibility for Wednesday, he has had a groin problem. The big question, though, is whether Jussi Jaaskelainen comes back into the team after a thigh injury. Adam Bogdan has deputised very well, so it would be a bit of a shame if he came out of the team considering how well has has played. There is a big decision to be made there. I can see it ending 1-1 on Wednesday."

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    1 Feb 2012