Enemy Lines - Arsenal

Bolton return to action on Saturday after the international break and so does Enemy Lines, giving you the views of the opposition fans, Arsenal.

After an unbeaten start to the season, the Gunners currently sit second behind Chelsea, but does Brian Dawes from Online Gooner believe they have what it takes to keep in touch with their rivals over the course of the season?

"Injuries permitting, we won't be too far away. Chelsea are still favourites but their squad looks a tad thin. United will always be up there but I'm not convinced their new guard has what it takes to replace their old guard as yet. City are the new threat but keeping a happy squad will cause them problems and the Tiny Totts will as usual flatter to deceive."

So what are his thoughts regarding Arsenal's squad this year and, more importantly, his thoughts ahead of this Saturday's game. Time for the questions:

How long do you think Arsene Wenger can persevere with his youth policy if it starts to look like it might not work this season?

With players like Wilshere, Gibbs, Ramsey, Vela, Bendtner and their like still coming through the system I'd have thought quite a while yet. There are a whole load more yet to come who are still not yet on anyone else's radar. Not that all Arsenal fans see it that way of course because they've been spoiled rotten by recent achievements and some recent classic teams.

Which piece of business in the summer was the most important for you, strengthening the team with the likes of Chamakh, Squillaci and Koscielny, or managing to keep hold of Fabregas?

Short term Fabregas, even though a new defence was our priority. Long term - time alone will tell. But you won't find many Gooners who were not screaming out for a new keeper. And we didn't get one.

In the past, Bolton have been a team that you have often found difficult to beat. However, in recent seasons that hasn't been the case. Are we still a team you think can cause you problems or is it just a case of an easy three points these days?

Allardyce's teams had little to do with football and to a large extent depended on referees equipped with white sticks. Owen Coyle will cause more attractive footballing problems and will in the long term improve the quality of the Premier League.

Most Bolton fans are, understandably, dreading the prospect of Paul Robinson facing Theo Walcott. Is Walcott a player you think can be the difference this weekend or is there anyone else who will be key? (This was asked before Walcott got injured, as reflected in the answer)

Had he been fit yes. But he is just one of many, Rosicky may well be the one to stand in for him and he too is looking good this season.

What about any Bolton players, if any, you think will perhaps make life difficult for you?

Can't say that any keep me awake at night worrying. However, Kevin Davies knows where the net is and always causes problems because he's so good at backing in and conning refs. Muamba is underrated and Klasnic looks to be the biz.

And finally a prediction? I'd think an Arsenal win would be everyone's bet so can I press you to give a scoreline as well?

It'll be closer than many Arsenal fans would hope for. Mainly because our squad has been scattered all over the globe for a week or so with their international teams. So as yet we don't even know how many of them will be fit enough to appear following the Interlull.

Theo may not be our only absentee. Not training together all week is always problematical, so maybe a 2-1.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Brian Dawes from Online Gooner for giving us his views. Enemy Lines will return next week ahead of the trip to Villa Park.

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