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Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal

DW Stadium

18/04/2010

1:30pm

On Sky

Latics Vs Arsenal Preview


Wigan Athletic and Arsenal meet this afternoon on the back of two disappointing results for both clubs, the Gunners lost at Spurs on Wednesday whilst on the same night the Latics were held to a goalless draw by what was effectively Portsmouth reserves.

A chance then to put it right and in front of the TV cameras as well, with Burnley losing and Hull drawing yesterday a win for Roberto Martinez` team would all but guarantee survival for another year whilst other results yesterday also gave Arsenal the slightest glimmer of the title

The last time (only time) the Latics beat Arsenal was in January 2006 in the semi-final of the Carling Cup, it was Paul Scharner`s debut and he scored the games only goal against what was a depleted Gunners side but still the Latics gave a great performance on what was a great occasion and the prize was a trip to Cardiff.

Arsenal arrive in Wigan with their squad depleted once again, another great Latics performance is required if we are to get something from this game, I hope the prize this time is worth the players busting a gut for, lets put these relegation fears to bed.

Vital Quotes:


Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'Arsenal are a team who like to enjoy a large percentage of possession and that's something we need to upset.

'They have a clear pattern of play and a style that suits their entire squad, it doesn't matter who plays they all know what system to work to. We need to stop them from doing that.

'As well as that we need to be effective once we have hold of the ball. We've shown before that we can handle playing against such sides, particularly at home, and we're looking forward to it.'


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger:

'Wigan try to play football.

'It is in their interests to have a good pitch. The Premier League has to create a criteria committee where the pitch is part of the requested level.

'If we want to be the best league in the world then we need the best pitches in the world and the Premier League has to act on that.'

Wigan Athletic Team News:


Gary Caldwell serves the last of his three game ban, Hendry Thomas faces a fitness test.

Latics from:

Kirkland, Bramble, Boyce, Scharner, Melchiot, Figueroa, Diame, McCarthy, Thomas, N'Zogbia, Rodallega, Gohouri, Moreno, Scotland, Stojkovic, Gomez, Moses, Sinclair, Pollitt

Player to watch: Charles N'Zogbia


Will Charlie be out to impress his new boss following revelations about an impending summer move to Arsenal

Arsenal Team News:


Arshavin, Gallas, Vermaelen, Djourou, Song, Fabregas, Ramsey and Gibbs are all missing whilst Denilson is doubtful

Arsenal from:

Almunia, Sagna, Walcott, Campbell, Silvestre, Clichy, Eboue, Diaby, Denilson, van Persie, Rosicky, Bendtner, Nasri, Fabianski, Eduardo, Merida, Eastmond.


Player to watch: Theo Walcott


Walcott's pace would give anyone trouble

Match Facts & Stats


Latics and Arsenal have met on 12 previous occasions

Latics 1 win, Arsenal 10, draws 1

Ref Watch:


Lee Mason (Bolton, 7 miles from Wigan, but dont get paranoid)

Why not check out our meet the ref article

Match Prediction:


Heart says 1-1 draw

Head says 2-0 to Arsenal, I hope the heart is right

Next Fixtures:


Premier League

West Ham v Latics
Upton Park
Saturday 24/04/2010
3pm

Latics v Hull City
DW Stadium
Monday 3/05/2010
1:30pm


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Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 18 2010

Time: 10:37AM

Your Comments

C'mon lets get at least a point
worbo
Worbo, you ommitted Robin van Persie from our squad. He is definitely the player to watch from our side.
Deltaforce
"wigan try to play football" he is correct there
wigan-latics
Cheers, van Persie is in now
worbo
 

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