A solid win was just what was needed at the weekend and clean sheet as well was a welcome bonus, we now need to keep the momentum up in a big week with Olympiakos coming up tomorrow and then the Spuds at the weekend. It should not be forgotten just how fantastic the form our our young Pole in goal has been, another top save in the first half against Bolton was pivotal, going one down could have been hard to come back from with a nervous crowd and a team low in confidence. The first half wasn't particularly inspiring.
Certainly the midfielders got more into the game in the second half and upped the tempo, Bolton couldn't live with it and RVP was the catalyst for the demolition, it has to be said that the red card did make things far more relating then they would otherwise have been. Bigger tests will come than Bolton at home but it was a start, it has to be remember that Bolton's recent form is terrible and some context should be maintained. The big concern at the moment is our current injury status.
Jack Wilshere is out for months after surgery on his ankle, maybe it will be the new year before we see young Jack back in the action, a great loss but it does give a chance to the likes of Frimpong and Coquelin who have impressed thus far. The centre backs are dropping like flies. Vermaelen remains out, Koscielny has an ankle injury, Djourou has a hamstring tweek, all meaning that we are likely to see Song at the back with Mertesacker tomorrow night, a big concern given that his positioning is terrible, not surprising given how rarely he has played at centre back.
In midfield and up front we lack Wilshere, Walcott (minor knee injury) and probably Gervinho (minor muscular problem). I'd guess that we are therefore likely to see Arshavin come into contention for a starting slot, personally I'd like to see Chamakh and RVP play up front as a two. We need three points from our home games in the CL, this much is obvious and as for Sunday, we need to avoid defeat.