Bolton Wanderers Vs Arsenal: Big Match preview

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Bolton manager Owen Coyle expects Kevin Davies and Mark Davies to come into contention for his first game in charge on Sunday against Arsenal at the Reebok Stadium.

Both players are back in training after being laid low with a virus that has hit the club.

Bolton, unbeaten in four games, will again be without long-term injury absentees Joey O'Brien and Sean Davis.

Midfielder Matt Taylor has been won over by Coyle's engaging personality.

Coyle takes charge of the team for the first time and Taylor insists the mood is positive in the camp following the arrival of the Glasgow-born boss.

Taylor said: "As a character, the manager is fantastic. He has been round to talk to us as individuals and his enthusiasm for the game is there for all to see.

"Everyone does things their own way and I am certainly not going to say what is right and what is wrong. It isn't for me to judge.

"Training has been great, though, and the boys seem to be buzzing. It is a new start and that has come as a fresh breath of air to some.

"I don't think that's a slight against Gary Megson, it is just the way things are. For seven to 10 days we were left in limbo a little bit, not really knowing what was going to happen, while Chris Evans was in charge.

"So for that to be sorted, and for the team to know now that we can get back to playing football is a really big lift."

Captain Cesc Fabregas returns to the Arsenal side following the hamstring strain he suffered against Aston Villa two weeks ago.

Denilson misses the trip to the Reebok stadium with an abdominal muscle injury while striker Nicklas Bendtner (groin)is still a fortnight away from full fitness.

Full-back Gael Clichy is available again and is set to start from the bench, having recovered from his back injury, but new signing Sol Campbell is not in the squad.

Arsene Wenger expects Owen Coyle to turn Bolton into a passing team.

Coyle, who took charge of Bolton earlier this week, has been fulsome in his admiration of Arsenal's pretty football in the past and admits it was something he tried to emulate while at Burnley.

Wenger expects Coyle's side, renowned for their battering-ram style of play under Sam Allardyce and Gary Megson, to play their way out of relegation trouble.

Wenger said: "Every manager has his own style and he can only be good with his own style. That's why I believe they (Bolton) will change.

"Owen Coyle has done extremely well and I expect him to do well at Bolton.

"Any team is awkward (to play) in the league at the moment. Every team is highly motivated against us. We are used to that. But if we play at our best we can win whatever happens to Bolton."

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