Friday, 10 September 2010

Arsenal v Bolton: Arsene Wenger's pre match press conference

Arsene Wenger spoke with the media ahead of the Bolton match tomorrow.

He outlined the current injury problems:

Robin van Persie - out for six weeks.
Theo Walcott - out for between four and six weeks.
Thomas Vermaelen misses the Bolton game with an Achilles injury but could return for the Braga Champions League match.
Aaron Ramsey - could return in November. 
Nicklas Bendtner - out with a groin injury.

The more positive news the manager could report was the return ahead of schedule of Samir Nasri following his knee surgery after the Liverpool game on August 17.

With Vermaelen out, the manager said Sebastien Squillaci would make his debut against the Trotters.

Here is a general run through about who asked what of the manager:

Sky: Gerard Houllier's return to the Premier League.
Alex Ferguson's 700th Premier League game.
Rio Ferdinand's view on young players spending too much time in nightclubs.

BBC:  Playing international games during the season.
Preparing for the Bolton game.
How Owen Coyle is changing Bolton's style of play.

Other: How Bolton played last season at the Grove.
Arsenal's attacking options.
Gerard Houllier: Has he got unfinished business in the Premier League?

Press Association: Theo Walcott's mental state after his injuries.
Stuart Pearce's view on Jack Wilshere's state of mind.
Managers talking to younger players about their conduct on and off the field.
How Maurone Chamakh is adapting to the English game.
Who should be Fabio Capello's successor.
Getting a good start in the Champions League with a win against Braga on Wednesday.

You can watch the full press conference video at Arsenal TV Online.

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