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Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal

DW Stadium

3/12/11

3pm

Latics v Arsenal Preview

The Latics are intent on keeping their mini revival going in this afternoons tough looking fixture against high riding Arsenal at the DW

The last two visits of the Gunners to Wigan have produced two cracking games of football with late, late drama going in the favour of Martinez's men

Last weekend Franco Di Santo knocked in the goal that gave his team their first win since August, the euphoria of that result needs to be carried forward into today's game to start the next run of fixtures in a positive manner.

Arsenal had a shocking start to this seasons campaign, well by their standards anyway, just lately though they have put a run together that has seen the Wenger Boys climb the table, they sit 7th but just three points off a top four slot.

A tough challenge for the Latics today but they need to build on last weeks success.

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'We both need the points for different reasons, so it will be a great match.

'You can't beat Arsenal by trying to be solid and defensive, they will find a way through.

'There are always plenty of goals in the games [against Arsenal] here. We both treat the ball really well and play football from the back.

'Their philosophy is a great example for any other team in the world. Arsenal represent huge values in the game.

'We will have to put a lot of our energy into trying to break them down at the back.'


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger:

'They play good football so it's always a difficult game for us.

'This year we have no choice - we want to win to take the three points. Wigan will be good opposition again. For us we just need to focus on our performance and try to win the game.'

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Antolin Alcaraz serves the final game of his three match suspension, no injury worries for Martinez

Latics possible Al-Habsi, Stam, Gohouri, Caldwell, Figueroa, Diame, Jones, McCarthy, Gomez, Moses, Sammon

Player to watch: Momo Diame

Expect Momo to shine today


By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Arsenal Team News:

Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky, Ryo Miyaichi, Carl Jenkinson, Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs are all out

Arsenal from Szczesny, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Santos, Song, Ramsey, Arteta, Gervinho, Walcott, Van Persie, Fabianski, Djourou, Benayoun, Frimpong, Arshavin, Chamakh, Coquelin.

Player to watch: Robin Van Persie

Top player

Any Previous?

Latics and Arsenal have met 16 times

Latics 2 wins, Arsenal 12, draws 2.

Ref Watch:

Mark Clattenburg (Consett)

Why not take a look at our 'Meet the Ref' article

Mark Clattenburg Card Watch 2011/12

Games - 12, yellows - 40, reds - 3

Match Prediction:

Head says 1-1 draw

Heart 2-0 Latics win! Going with the heart

Up Next:

Premier League

West Bromwich Ablbion v Latics
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Latics v Chelsea
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Saturday
17/12/11
3pm



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Date:Saturday December 3 2011

Time: 10:56AM

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