• Date: Sun 18 April 2010
  • Venue: DW Stadium
  • Ref: Mason, L
  • Attendance: 22,113
Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic

Watson (80)

Bramble (89)

N'Zogbia (90)

3 - 2
Arsenal

Arsenal

Walcott (41)

Silvestre (48)

Wigan Athletic vs Arsenal

Team Lineups

Wigan Athletic

Chris Kirkland
Steve Gohouri
Titus Bramble
Mario Melchiot
Maynor Figueroa
Ben Watson (Paul Scharner, 90)
Charles N'Zogbia
James McCarthy
Mohamed Diame
Marcelo Moreno (Victor Moses, 62)
Hugo Rodallega

Arsenal

Lukasz Fabianski
Bacary Sagna
Mikael Silvestre
Gael Clichy
Sol Campbell
Vassiriki Abou Diaby
Tomas Rosicky (Perez Fran Merida, 81)
Samir Nasri
Theo Walcott (Emmanuel Eboue, 81)
Craig Eastmond (Robin van Persie, 90)
Nicklas Bendtner

Match Report
Charles N'Zogbia's late winner all but ended Arsenal's slim hopes of claiming the Premier League title, while edging Wigan Athletic closer to safety thanks to an amazing 3-2 victory. The former Newcastle winger curled home a stoppage time winner to seal a famous comeback for the Latics, who had entered the final ten minutes of the game at the DW Stadium two goals down. Goals in either half from Theo Walcott and Mikael Silvestre looked to have secured the points for Arsene Wenger's men, only for Ben Watson and Titus Bramble to haul Wigan level. And just when the drama looked to have ended N'Zogbia clinched a famous win from the edge of the box. Wigan had the first sight of goal when N'Zogbia pounced on a Sol Campbell error, but could only fire over on five minutes. N'Zogbia was at it again seven minutes later, but again after finding himself in space 18 yards out his effort failed to trouble keeper Lukasz Fabianski. But Walcott gave Wenger's side a half-time lead when, put clear by Nicklas Bendtner, he nipped past Bramble and bobbled a left-footed shot past Chris Kirkland. Wigan had a good shout for a penalty denied early in the second half as Samir Nasri appeared to have pulled back Watson. And the Gunners rubbed salt into the Wigan wounds immediately by going straight down to the other end of the field and getting their second through Silvestre's 48th minute header. With the home side looking dead and buried Watson got them back into the game by calmly slotting home from 12 yards with ten minutes remaining. And in a frantic finale Bramble got his side level a minute from time with a close-range header after Fabianski had failed to catch a corner right under his own crossbar. N'Zogbia then secured a potentially crucial three points by making space to curl an exquisite left-footer past Fabianski and in off the post from the edge of the box.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Wigan 3 Arsenal 2: What an unbelievable finish to this game. Wigan were dead and buried at two-nil with 10 minutes left, but two late goals from Bramble and N'Zogbia surely make Wigan safe and end Arsenal's title challenge for another year.

90

There will be four minutes of stoppage time.

90
Substitution
 

Wigan substitution: Watson comes off to a rousing reception and is replaced by Scharner.

90
Goal
 

Wigan 3 Arsenal 2: N'Zogbia comes in from the right onto his left again and this time he curls an unstoppable effort into the far corner off of the post. What a finish from N'Zogbia and what a finish to this game. Wenger is furious on the sidelines.

89
Substitution
 

Arsenal substitution: Robin van Persie comes on for the Gunners to replace Eastmond. Can he rescue the Gunners?

89
Goal
 

Wigan 2 Arsenal 2: Fabianski drops the corner and it lands straight on the head of Bramble and goes just over the line from 1 yard, despite Clichy's effort to clear off the line. Arsenal look to have thrown this away.

89

Moses cuts in on his right foot and his shot is deflected up and they concede another corner.

88

Great chance for Wigan and they can't believe they're not level. The corner is swung in to the near post. Watson gets his head to the ball first and Nasri clears off the line at the far post.

87

The ball is whipped in right-footed and Sagna is forced to head over and behind for a Wigan corner.

87

Sagna bundles Moses over in the left corner of the pitch and Wigan have a chance to put the ball in the box again. It'll be a tense last few minutes here.

85

N'Zogbia does well to out-muscle Silvestre on the left side of the penalty area, but he can't pick out anyone with his cross and Fabianski dives across to intercept it.

83

Moses breaks forward down the left. he twists and turns trying to find a way past Campbell, but he does well to nick the ball away. The big Arsenal defender has been pretty solid today.

83

Nasri plays a lovely exchange of passes on the left side of the area, but his shot lacks power and Kirkland gets down to his left to make an easy save.

81
Substitution
 

Arsenal substitution: In the second change, the young Spaniard Fran Merida comes on to replace Theo Walcott.

81
Substitution
 

Arsenal substitution: Rosicky is replaced by Eboue.

80
Goal
 

Wigan 1 Arsenal 2: Moses gets behind the Arsenal defence down the left and with the Arsenal defenders retreating towards their own goal he pulls it back for Watson who side-foots home calmly from 12 yards.

80

It looks like Arsenal are preparing to make a double substitution with Eboue and Merida getting their final instructions from Arsene Wenger on the sidelines.

78

Moses plays a sloppy ball back and Nasri latches onto it and tries to thread it through for Bendtner inside the area, but the pass is just too heavy and it runs out for a goal-kick.

77

Gohouri almost lets in Bendtner on the left side of the area, but Kirkland comes out quickly to smother the ball ahead of the Arsenal man.

76

McCarthy picks out Melchiot on the right side of the penalty area, but the ball won't come down for Melchiot and Clichy gets a chance to poke the ball away.

75

N'Zogbia goes past rosicky on the right, but he tries to come in on his left foot again and loses the opportunity to cross the ball.

74

Watson plays an out-swiging free-kick right-footed towards Bramble at the far post, but he can't get a free header on it and Eastmond does well to get the ball away.

73

Melchiot does well down the right to drive past Rosicky and the Arsenal man is forced to bring him down from behind. Free-kick to Wigan 25 yards out.

72

N'Zogbia comes inside from the right and goes past Clichy. He fires a left-footed effort goalwards, but it's a comfortable save for Fabianski down low to his left.

71

Wigan are sticking to their task here, but they just don't look like having enough to turn this game around.

69
Yellow Card
 

Bramble lunges in recklessly on Walcott down the right-hand side with the ball going out for a throw and earns himself a yellow card.

68

Moses comes forward down the left for Wigan, but he takes too long on the ball and Nasri dispossesses him.

66

Diaby loses the ball and Diame strides forward and picks out Rodallega. He gets inside the penalty area and shoots left-footed, but it's a poor effort which is dragged wide of the far post.

64

Diame shoots from 25 yards after good work from N'Zogbia brings Wigan forward, but Sagna does well to block and as the ball loops up the referee spots an infringement and Arsenal win a free-kick inside their penalty area.

63

N'Zogbia gets in down the right channel. He cuts in on his left foot though and Campbell does well to come across and hold him up and the chance goes.

62
Substitution
 

Wigan substitution: Victor Moses comes on to replace Marcelo Moreno.

61

N'Zogbia comes in from the right and lays it on to Watson who shoots low right-footed towards the bottom corner, but Fabianski gets down well to save to his right.

59

Walcott looks to burst forward into the penalty area, but he gets crowded out by three Wigan defenders and they clear the danger.

57

McCarthy surges forward for Wigan. His shot from the edge of the area is charged down and Rodallega follows up with another deflected effort which goes behind for a corner. It's been a positive response to the goal from Wigan.

56

Figueroa works space to cross from the left, but it's well over-hit and the ball sails away for a goal-kick.

55

Dangerous cross from the right by Watson and Sagna is forced to clear as Rodallega looked to pounce.

53

Wigan take the kick short and N'Zogbia shoots from all of 35 yards, but it's a poor effort and it bobbles tamely wide.

52

Rosicky handballs on the right 40 yards from goal and Wigan load the penalty area ready to launch the ball in.

49

N'Zogbia plays a lovely one-two with Watson. He gets in one-on-one with Fabianski but he slots it weakly to Fabianski's right and the keeper makes a comfortable save.

48
Goal
 

Wigan 0 Arsenal 2: Silvestre heads home unmarked from 12 yards from a Nasri corner. Just moments earlier Nasri should have been giving away a penalty at the far end.

47

Great chance for Arsenal. Diaby get in behind the Wigan defence and tries to lift the ball over Kirkland but he does well to paw the ball away and Wigan clear.

46

Watson gets into the Arsenal penalty area and is pulled back by Nasri. The referee is just yards away but he doesn't give the foul.

Second half
 

Wigan get this second half underway.

Half time
 

Wigan 0 Arsenal 1: After a slow start Arsenal have started to force Wigan back and Walcott's goal just four minutes before the break gives Arsenal a one-goal lead at the interval.

45

There will be a minimum of one minute added time at the end of this first half.

44

Fine run from Walcott and all of a sudden he looks full of confidence after his goal. He nicks inside and out before firing an attempt towards the far top corner, but it goes just wide.

41
Goal
 

Wigan 0 Arsenal 1: Walcott gets in behind the Wigan defence again and this time he does find the net. Bendtner picks him out well and despite stumbling under the challenge he does well to slide the ball under Kirkland from 8 yards.

41

The game has just become a little scrappy in the left couple of minutes, with both sides giving possession away cheaply.

39

Kirkland slices a clearance nuder no pressure and gifts Arsenal a throw-in on the left 25 yards out.

37
Yellow Card
 

Nasri brings down McCarthy in the right full-back area and he receives the yellow card from referee Lee Mason for his petulant response to the decision.

36

After a really good start Wigan will probably be glad to hear the half time whistle as Arsenal are just starting to exert some pressure on the Wigan goal.

35

Rosicky shoots low right-footed from the left corner of the penalty area and forces Kirkland down low to his left to make the save.

34

Rosicky gets in down the left side of the area. He fires a dangerous looking ball back across goal, but again Wigan clear. It's been a much better spell from the Gunners.

33

What a great chance for Arsenal. Walcott makes a fantastic run down the right channel and is picked out by Diaby. He opts to square the ball when he should surely shoot and Wigan manage to hook the ball clear.

32

Campbell plays a dangerous looking ball in behind the Wigan defence for Nasri inside the Wigan area, but the flag goes up for offside.

30

Sagna brings down Rodallega as he attempts to make a run for Moreno and Wigan earn a free-kick on the half-way line out on the left touchline.

28

Good attack from Wigan. It's worked wide left to Figueroa and he does well to play the ball of his man for a corner.

26

Diaby plays a lovely ball down the right side of the Wigan defence for Walcott. He plays a low cross in early, but Figueroa gets a block on it and it loops up for Kirkland to collect easily.

25

N'Zogbia works space for a shot from distance, but he doesn't catch it cleanly and it bobbles through to Fabianski in the Arsenal goal.

24

Walcott curls the free-kick in towards the far side of the six-yard box and Campbell rises to head at goal, but he doesn't get enough on the header and it goes wide for a goal-kick.

24
Yellow Card
 

Diame slips on the ball and gives away possession to Diaby just inside the Wigan half. He pulls the Arsenal man back and earns himself a yellow card.

22

N'Zogbia cuts back onto his left foot and crosses from the right towards Moreno at the far post, but it's just too high for his team-mate and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.

21

Nasri surges forward into the Wigan half but he gets dispossessed and Wigan fire the ball forward early. Rodallega puts Silvestre under pressure and forces him to head behind for a corner.

20

Silvestre gives the ball away cheaply inside the Arsenal half and Eastmond is forced to concede a free-kick 40 yards out and central.

19

Walcott dribbles towards the edge of the area and tries to thread a ball through for Nasri, but it's intercepted and Wigan look to break. Arsenal can't seem to kick into gear right now.

18

Fabianski takes just too long on a back pass and Moreno closes him down well to force the Arsenal keeper into clearing under pressure and giving away a throw-in.

17

N'Zogbia tries to go beyond Clichy down the right, but the Arsenal man does well to hold him up and wins a throw-in playing the ball off of the Wigan man.

15

Rosicky launches a long ball forward throught the centre for Diaby. It's a high ball which Figueroa bravely heads clear as Diaby flies in with his foot and Wigan earn a free-kick.

14

Walcott fires a right-footed shot from just outside the area but he doesn't get his foot around the ball and it goes safely wide of the near post.

13

It's been a really slow start for Arsenal. They can't seem to keep possession of the ball in any meaningful area and Wigan are looking the more likely to grab the first goal.

11

Half chance at the other end for N'Zogbia and he should probably do better. Watson tries to drive into the area. The ball is nicked away to N'Zogbia on the right corner of the area, but with time and space he curls well wide.

11

Clichy takes left-footed. It's a low effort which creeps under the jumping Wigan wall but it's straight at Kirkland and it's an easy save for the Wigan keeper.

10

Walcott shows some quick footwork and draws a foul from Bramble 25 yards out to the right of centre.

9

Nasri turns and drives into the Wigan half. He looks for a pass behind the Wigan defence for Bendtner to run onto, but the Arsenal striker had looked for it to feet and the pass runs through to safety.

7

Corner to Wigan. Watson takes and it flashes dangerously through the middle of the six yard box. Fabianski doesn't come for it and it just squeezes through to the far post for a goal kick. It's been an impressive start for the Latics.

5

Good spell from Wigan again. Bramble launches a long diagonal ball forward for Moreno. Rodallega picks up on the ball and works it wide to the right. They find N'Zogbia free on his left foot inside the area but the flag goes up against the Wigan man.

4

It's been a decent start for the home side. They've limited Arsenal's possession and had a decent share of the opening exchanges.

2

N'Zogbia lifts a clever ball forward for Rodallega beyond the Arsenal defence, but Campbell does well to get across and cover.

Kickoff
 

Arsenal get this game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Arsenal's midweek defeat against Tottenham was their first in nine games, however, they have only kept two clean sheets in the last 13 away games.

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Wigan have won only two of their last 14 league games and they've failed to score more than once in any of those matches.

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Arsenal have dominated the recent meetings between the sides having won eight and drawn one of the last nine league meetings.

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At the other end of the table, Wigan are closing in on Premier League safety, but they missed a golden opportunity in midweek at home to an under-strength Portsmouth side.

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Arsenal's defeat against Tottenham in midweek saw many people write them off in the title race, but victory today and they would go back to within three points of the top.

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Robin van Persie made an impressive impact as a second half substitute in midweek against Tottenham, but he remains on the bench for the visitors.

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Hendry Thomas also misses out for the Latics with a thigh injury. Ben Watson starts his first Premier League game for almost a year.

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Wigan defender Gary Caldwell misses out for the hosts this afternoon, completing a three-match ban.

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Arsenal team line-up: Fabianski, Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Clichy, Walcott, Eastmond, Diaby, Nasri, Rosicky, Bendtner

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Wigan team line-up: Kirkland, Melchiot, Gohouri, Bramble, Figueroa, Rodallega, Diame, Watson, McCarthy, N'Zogbia, Moreno

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Wigan face Arsenal at 1:30pm on Sunday, April 18th.