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Arsenal unfazed by poor record against Bolton

Arsene Wenger denies Bolton have become Arsenal's bogey team - even though the Gunners have lost on their last three trips to the Reebok Stadium.

For the last two seasons, Arsenal have been outfought and outplayed when they have visited Sam Allardyce's side - but Wenger refuses to read too much into the statistics ahead of today's FA Cup fourth round replay.

'If you look at recent results then, yes, Bolton have become a difficult team for us. But I don't experience it like that,' said Wenger.

'They took advantage of our weak points every time, but overall I never look at any opponents as ever being a team we cannot be successful against.

'I just think if you do the right things then you win. You must give them credit, because in two results this season they beat us 3-1 up there and drew 1-1 at the Emirates.

'We had a very strong second half, and they were under a lot of pressure when we drew at home.

'That is what we want to do tonight. But they have changed - they are a lot more technical now.'

Arsenal are unbeaten in 10 games, winning seven of those matches, and Wenger believes it is imperative to keep that momentum going - whatever the competition.

'We are just on a good run in 2007 and we want to keep that going. The dynamic interest of the team is to win, and we just want to keep that going,' he said.

'We don't really choose what kind of competition we are in. We just know that if we win we have another game on Saturday. So let's have another game on Saturday.'

Thierry Henry and Jens Lehmann will be rested for tonight's showdown, but Alexander Hleb and Freddie Ljungberg return to the squad after spells in the treatment room.

Right-back Justin Hoyte admits it will be a testing encounter at the Reebok Stadium and believes Wanderers have added style to their trademark physical approach.

'It's going to be a very tough game at Bolton. We've found it difficult against them, no matter what the competition has been,' he said.

'Bolton are a very good, tough side. But we'll work hard and, we hope, come away with a result.

'Arsenal find it difficult to get a victory at the Reebok Stadium. People say how `long ball' and physical they are - but they play good football too.'