Arsenal 4-0 Latics
The Latics went to the Emirates stadium with high hopes of getting something out of the game and boss Roberto Martinez named the same side that had beaten West Ham the previous week, more of the same is what was asked for.
What was asked for and what was gotten were two totally different things, a quick look at the possession percentages tells the story, Arsenal had 72% to the Latics 28% and that`s where it ended.
Martinez is a great believer in if you have most of the ball you are more likely to score than the opposition and that proved correct but not in the way he anticipated
Arsenal are a team that the Latics are trying to emulate with keep ball and good passing but this game saw all the good work of the West Ham game undone in dramatic fashion and to be honest Latics were 2nd best all afternoon, chasing shadows and at times looking a yard off the pace.
Arsenal took the lead that they had been threatening from the start in the 25th minute when from an in-swinging corner Vermaelen got his head to the ball under pressure from Boyce and Bramble and crashed his header passed a stranded Kirkland into the back of the net.
Latics could have equalised shortly before half time when Arsenal managed to clear a Bramble header of the line from a corner but that was the only Wigan chance of note.
The 2nd half started in the same vein as the 1st with Arsenal having all the possession and opportunities and they increased their lead on 49 minutes when Vermaelen got his 2nd of the game.
The Arsenal centre half was left to run unchallenged to the edge of the Latics box and he received the ball and stroked a delightful shot past Kirkland, Eduardo got the 3rd Arsenal goal on 59 minutes with the Latics defence all over the place and a good thumping looked on the cards
It was a surprise that only one more goal came and that was in the final minute when Fabregas met a cross at the near post to round off a totally depressing afternoon for Roberto`s men.
Nothing to take from the game except to make sure that the players have some fire in their bellies for next weeks home game against Chelsea, another performance like that simply wont do.
Chris Kirkland - 6
Mario Melchiot - 6
Emerson Boyce - 7
Titus Bramble - 8
Maynor Figueroa - 4
Charles N'Zogbia - 6
Momo Diame - 6
Hendry Thomas - 6
Jason Koumas - 6
Jordi Gomes - 3
Hugo Rodallega - 6
Paul Scharner - 6
Jason Scotland - 6
Scott Sinclair - 6
Fluid systems are whats needed not rigid ones so 4/10 for this game Bobby