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  • Date:22 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:59,552
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Goal!

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93mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andrey Arshavin.

91mins

The referee blows for offside against Franco Di Santo. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.

90mins

Effort on goal by Theo Walcott from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

89mins

Bacary Sagna takes a shot. Blocked by Hendry Thomas.

87mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Franco Di Santo. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

85mins

A goal is scored by Robin van Persie from deep inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-0 Wigan.(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Marouane Chamakh coming on for Robin van Persie. Francesc Fabregas leaves the field to be replaced by Neves Denilson. Theo Walcott provided the assist for the goal.

84mins

Shot from just outside the box by Alex Song misses to the left of the goal.

84mins

The official flags Hugo Rodallega offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

83mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Watson by Francesc Fabregas. Free kick taken by Hendry Thomas.

80mins

Franco Di Santo fouled by Andrey Arshavin, the ref awards a free kick. James McArthur takes the free kick.

78mins

Charles N'Zogbia leaves the field to be replaced by Emmerson Boyce.

77mins

Franco Di Santo challenges Laurent Koscielny unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.

75mins

Andrey Arshavin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Samir Nasri.

74mins

Robin van Persie produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

74mins

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Robin van Persie hits the post.

72mins

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Franco Di Santo misses to the left of the goal.

70mins

Gary Caldwell sent from the field by the ref for professional foul. Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Gary Caldwell. Penalty missed over the bar by Robin van Persie.

69mins

Shot from just outside the box by Francesc Fabregas misses to the right of the target.

68mins

Foul by Franco Di Santo on Laurent Koscielny, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.

67mins

The referee shows Hendry Thomas a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Hendry Thomas. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

66mins

Jack Wilshere has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

65mins

Franco Di Santo has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

63mins

Francesc Fabregas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Caldwell. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.

58mins

Robin van Persie finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Wigan.Assist by Francesc Fabregas.

58mins

Ben Watson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Free kick taken by Alex Song.

57mins

Shot by Theo Walcott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

53mins

Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Steve Gohouri.

53mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caldwell.

52mins

Samir Nasri fouled by Steve Gohouri, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.

50mins

Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Alex Song gets a block in.

46mins

Franco Di Santo is brought on as a substitute for Mohamed Diame. Ronnie Stam goes off and James McArthur comes on.

45mins

Unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Hendry Thomas results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from left channel, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.

41mins

Foul by Gary Caldwell on Francesc Fabregas, free kick awarded. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.

40mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

39mins

Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.

39mins

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

38mins

Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, clearance by Steve Gohouri.

38mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.

37mins

The offside flag is raised against Theo Walcott. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.

35mins

Robin van Persie produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

34mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Steven Caldwell gets a block in.

34mins

Mohamed Diame is caught offside. Free kick taken by Alex Song.

33mins

Outswinging corner taken by Ben Watson, clearance made by Johan Djourou.

32mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

32mins

Robin van Persie decides to take a short corner.

31mins

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot from 20 yards. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.

30mins

Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

26mins

Unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Alex Song results in a free kick. Ben Watson restarts play with the free kick.

25mins

The official flags Francesc Fabregas offside. Ali Al Habsi takes the indirect free kick.

24mins

Hendry Thomas challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Robin van Persie from right channel, clearance made by Steve Gohouri.

21mins

Robin van Persie scores a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Wigan.Alex Song provided the assist for the goal.

17mins

Gary Caldwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas. Theo Walcott has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Ali Al Habsi.

16mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, save by Ali Al Habsi.

15mins

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.

13mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Theo Walcott. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

Gael Clichy challenges Hendry Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.

10mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Francesc Fabregas. Shot comes in from Samir Nasri from the free kick, blocked by Hendry Thomas.

8mins

Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.

8mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a fantastic save.

5mins

The official flags Francesc Fabregas offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

4mins

Shot from 20 yards from Francesc Fabregas. Blocked by Steven Caldwell.

4mins

Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Mohamed Diame makes a clearance.

4mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.

2mins

The referee penalises Theo Walcott for handball. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

The first half comes to an end.

The match restarts for the second half.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Wenger: Gunners going four it Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal players fully intend to "go for it" as they target an unprecedented quadruple. The Gunners host Barclays Premier League relegation-battlers Wigan on Saturday looking to maintain the momentum from a 3-1 midweek FA Cup third-round replay win at Leeds, which followed the 3-0 drubbing of bottom club West Ham. Next week Arsenal, who last won a trophy in 2005, take on npower Championship strugglers Ipswich in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit and stay on course for Wembley, while a place in the last 16 of the FA Cup is there for the taking against League One Huddersfield. The small matter of a Champions League showdown with Barcelona is also fast approaching and Wenger knows his men must continue to produce their top form as they battle for success on four fronts. "We are motivated to give our best in all the competitions, that is for sure," the Arsenal manager said. "What can we win? We are not in a position to say that, we are in a position where we want to give our best and afterwards we will see where we end up. "What is good is we are in mid-January and we are still in all four competitions, so let's go for it." Wenger continued: "We have shown since the start of the season that we can beat everybody. We feel that we are getting stronger and stronger. "We have a stronger belief than at the start of the season and our togetherness is better than at the start. "I believe there is more to come out from this team and am convinced we will be stronger and stronger. "We are on a good run in the championship and every game becomes crucial now." Arsenal now have four home matches in succession and Wenger will not accept any more below-par performances at the Emirates Stadium. "We know our home form can make a huge impact on our success and that's why if it is Wigan or anybody else at home we want the three points," he said. "Everybody has learned since the start of the season that there is no room for taking anybody lightly because everybody can beat everybody in this league." Wenger, whose side head into the weekend two points behind both Manchester United and Manchester City, added: "We are in a period where we want to show we can get our best out in every single game. "When you play so many games, that is not easy." Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes Arsenal are "reaching their peak" as he prepares to take his side to the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard was in the crowd at Elland Road on Wednesday to see the quadruple-chasing Gunners knock Leeds out of the FA Cup and he feels he has seen signs that Wenger`s men are preparing to hit top form. Wigan have lost just one of their last seven league games but go into the match in the relegation zone and Martinez knows the hurdle that faces him this weekend is one of the biggest in the competition. "It (Wednesday) was a great game of football, a real cup game," he told Latics player. "I felt that Arsenal controlled the game well but Leeds had a proper go. "They were in the game for the majority of it against a very talented side that I felt started to reach their full potential and hit a very good moment of form. "It`s fair to say they`ve got a group of 18 players and anyone can play. I think that`s credit to the work they`ve done over the last two or three seasons. "They are very young players but technically very gifted, they know how to play, the manner that they always play, and whoever plays, you`ve got fresh legs and fresh ideas." Wigan`s inability to turn good performances into wins this season has seen them thrown into the relegation mire, a place Martinez is adamant they do not deserve to be. But, with 48 points on offer between now and the end of the season, he believes that the imminent return of some key players, such as Victor Moses and James McCarthy, can help see them to safety. First, though, they must travel to north London and a venue Martinez thinks his players should enjoy. He said: "I`m looking forward to it, it`s a game where we can enjoy the occasion and try to win a football match. "It`s one of the best football grounds around European football. That makes it a special environment, a special event. As a footballer, you want to be involved in those games. You want to be tested against the best and in the best football arenas."

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 451Manager: Roberto Martinez

Wigan

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Johan Djourou
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Gael Clichy
  • Alex Song
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Theo Walcott
  • Francesc Fabregas
  • Samir Nasri
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • James Shea
  • Neves Denilson
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Emmanuel Eboue
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Nicklas Bendtner

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Match Report

Van hits hat-trick as Gunners shoot down Wigan Robin van Persie smashed a hat-trick as Arsenal kept up their Barclays Premier League title challenge with a 3-0 win over 10-man Wigan at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners should have been out of sight by half-time, but had only van Persie's 21st-minute strike to show for their dominance as Latics goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi made a string of fine saves. The in-form Dutchman eventually fired in a second just before the hour, but then blasted a penalty over the bar after Gary Caldwell had been sent off for pulling back Cesc Fabregas. However, Van Persie duly completed his hat-trick with five minutes left to make it six in the last three games. Arsenal - with five changes from the starting XI that beat Leeds in their FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday night - started brightly. Wigan keeper Al Habsi had to be alert as he got down quickly to save Samir Nasri's shot on the turn. The Omani then produced a simply stunning one-handed block to palm away a point-blank shot from Van Persie. Wigan were in danger of being overrun, but to their credit the visitors continued to try to go on the offensive themselves. Walcott dashed to the goalline and pulled the ball back for Fabregas, who looked set to open the scoring, only for Caldwell to produce a superb block. Arsenal eventually took the lead on 21 minutes after more patient build-up. Alex Song released Van Persie, who was just onside, into the left of the penalty area - and the Dutchman fired in his fourth goal in three games. Wigan continued to be pressed back in their own half. However, Arsenal could not make the most of possession. Al Habsi denied Fabregas with another fine save before Maynor Figueroa made a last-gasp tackle just as the skipper looked set to slot the ball in at the near post. Arsenal should have been 2-0 ahead when Walcott raced clear down the centre, but squared to Fabregas rather than try to round the keeper. Mohamed Diame made a saving tackle before Steven Caldwell threw himself of Walcott's follow-up shot from the loose ball. Al Habsi tipped over a 20-yard drive from Nasri, then kept out Fabregas' low shot as the Gunners cut Wigan open time and again. However, much to the frustration of the home fans, Arsenal were once again unable to turn their dominance into goals before the interval. Wigan were much more competitive at the start of the second half following the introduction of Franco Di Santo, replacing Diame. Slowly, though, the Gunners regained dominance as Walcott nipped into the right channel, but the angle was too high and his shot flew wide. When the second Arsenal goal finally came on 58 minutes, it was simple, yet breathtaking. Fabregas chipped a 30-yard ball over the defence, and Van Persie got ahead of Gary Caldwell to crash a left-foot volley past Al Habsi at the far post. Jack Wilshere charged forwards, but then drilled a low shot wide from 20 yards. Arsenal were awarded a penalty on 69 minutes when Gary Caldwell pulled back Fabregas in the six-yard box, and was shown a red card. Van Persie stepped up for his hat-trick, but uncharacteristically blasted the spot-kick high over the crossbar. The Dutchman almost made amends with a curling effort from 20 yards which struck the post. Song's low shot from 20 yards flew just wide before Van Persie finally secured the matchball when he smashed home from a tight angle after Walcott had held the ball up in the penalty area.

Form Guide

    LWDWDW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Wigan
  • DWDLDD

Last Meetings

  • Wigan
  • 2 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 29/12/2010
  • Wigan
  • 3 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 18/04/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 4 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 19/09/2009
  • Wigan
  • 1 - 4
  • Arsenal
  • 11/04/2009
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 06/12/2008
  • Wigan
  • 0 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 09/03/2008

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • S Nasri 8
  • M Chamakh 7
  • T Walcott 6
  • A Song 4
  • A Arshavin 3
  • F Fabregas 3
  • R van Persie 2
  • N Bendtner 2
  • B Sagna 1
  • V Diaby 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • CG Vela 1
  • J Wilshere 1

Wigan

  • H Rodallega 6
  • C N'Zogbia 3
  • T Cleverley 3
  • AV Alcaraz 1
  • R Stam 1
  • J Gomez 1
  • V Moses 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 67
    • Goals per game 45
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Wigan

    • Total goals 41
    • Goals per game 19
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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