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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 08:23 GMT
Allardyce dismisses Wenger claim
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce
Bolton have won their last three home games against Arsenal
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has hit back at Arsene Wenger's time-wasting claims about other teams by saying Arsenal use the tactic as much as any other side.

The Gunners accused Wigan of wasting time as they tried to hold on to their lead at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of his side's clash with Arsenal in their FA Cup fourth-round replay on Wednesday, Allardyce said: "It is as though they never do it.

"But they are as good at doing it as anybody else when they are winning."

Allardyce's side have been on the end of similar accusations from Wenger themselves.

"Arsene has been very clever in choosing to make a little psychological profile of the time-wasting issue," added the Trotters manager.

The defining issue will be who has their sharp-shooting boots on

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce

"But it does not fool us and it does not fool most of the other managers either.

"He criticised us heavily for time-wasting when we nearly beat Arsenal last season so hopefully he will be moaning about us again after this game."

A lunchtime date with Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round is the reward for whoever progresses.

Bolton have beaten Arsenal in their last three meetings at the Reebok Stadium but Wenger does not think they have become the Gunners' bogey team.

"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 in this game. But they have changed - they are a lot more technical now."

Allardyce feels the tie will come down to who takes their chances in front of goal.

"The defining issue will be who has their sharp-shooting boots on," he said.

"We have Nicolas Anelka, they have Thierry Henry. Both of them are capable of turning a game in their side's favour in a moment.

"In the past, we have managed to beat Arsenal by capitalising on the first or second opportunity that comes our way. It will have to be the same again on this occasion."

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