Robin van Persie respects the way Bolton try to play football and believes Arsenal are in for a tough test at Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Owen Coyle has shunned the direct approach adopted under previous managers and got his side playing an attractive brand of attacking football since taking over in January last year.

Some disappointing early results have left the Trotters in the Premier League’s bottom three ahead of their trip to north London but Van Persie is still expecting a big test.

“Bolton are a good side who have changed a lot in the last couple of years,” the captain told the Official Matchday Programme. “They have gone for a new style since Owen Coyle has been there, and you can see that from the signings they have made too.

“He wants to play nice football and they are still developing into a different side. They had an amazing run last year when [Johan] Elmander was scoring all those goals, so it is within them.

“It’s still early for them and I rate them as a team. I respect them for the way they want to play, and I respect their players too.

“I’m a fan of Nigel Reo-Coker for example - he works hard and can do a bit of everything on the pitch.  So I like Bolton’s style now, and we will have to be at our best to get a result.”

The full interview with Robin will appear in Saturday’s Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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23 Sep 2011