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  • Date:30 Nov 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Antolin Alcaraz - og (41) Bendtner (66)
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97mins

Foul by Steven Caldwell on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded. Theo Walcott restarts play with the free kick.

96mins

The official flags Jay Emmanuel-Thomas offside. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

94mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Laurent Koscielny. Hendry Thomas takes the direct free kick.

92mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. James McArthur manages to make a clearance.

91mins

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas challenges Ben Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hendry Thomas takes the indirect free kick.

90mins

James McArthur challenges Theo Walcott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

88mins

Craig Eastmond challenges Hendry Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hendry Thomas takes the indirect free kick.

87mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Brilliant save by Ali Al Habsi.

85mins

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nicklas Bendtner.

84mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Hendry Thomas gets a block in.

83mins

Mauro Boselli leaves the field to be replaced by Jordi Gomez.

81mins

Booking for Hendry Thomas for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Hendry Thomas on Samir Nasri. Kieran Gibbs takes the indirect free kick.

79mins

Callum McManaman is brought on as a substitute for Ronnie Stam.

79mins

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

78mins

Theo Walcott fouled by Charles N'Zogbia, the ref awards a free kick. Samir Nasri takes the direct free kick.

77mins

Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

73mins

Samir Nasri comes on in place of Jack Wilshere. (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Craig Eastmond coming on for Robin van Persie. Charles N'Zogbia is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Theo Walcott.

72mins

Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.

71mins

The referee blows for offside. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

67mins

Nicklas Bendtner gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Carlos Alberto Vela.

65mins

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Robin van Persie.

62mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott from the left by-line to the near post, Antolin Alcaraz manages to make a clearance.

56mins

Corner taken by Theo Walcott played to the near post, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

55mins

Corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line played to the near post, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

53mins

Header from close range by Nicklas Bendtner misses to the right of the goal.

49mins

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson, Johan Djourou manages to make a clearance.

44mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post.

44mins

Short corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line.

43mins

Corner taken by Ben Watson, Antolin Alcaraz takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a brilliant save.

42mins

Antolin Alcaraz heads into his own net. Arsenal 1-0 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Theo Walcott.

41mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott from the left by-line.

40mins

Carlos Alberto Vela has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

39mins

Charles N'Zogbia on for Victor Moses.

35mins

Maynor Figueroa goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Maynor Figueroa. Robin van Persie takes the free kick.

33mins

Theo Walcott fouled by Victor Moses, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.

31mins

Unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by Victor Moses results in a free kick. Emmanuel Eboue restarts play with the free kick.

30mins

Unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Hendry Thomas results in a free kick. Robin van Persie crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Steven Caldwell.

28mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmanuel Eboue on Victor Moses. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.

27mins

Effort on goal by Carlos Alberto Vela from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

21mins

Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the left by-line, Laurent Koscielny has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

20mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Robin van Persie. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.

18mins

James McArthur challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

16mins

The referee blows for offside against Victor Moses. Emmanuel Eboue takes the indirect free kick.

14mins

Hendry Thomas is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Emmanuel Eboue takes the indirect free kick.

11mins

Hendry Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neves Denilson. Shot comes in from Neves Denilson from the free kick, blocked by Victor Moses.

10mins

Carlos Alberto Vela receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Carlos Alberto Vela results in a free kick. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.

9mins

Victor Moses has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

8mins

James McArthur is ruled offside. Emmanuel Eboue takes the free kick.

5mins

Foul by Emmanuel Eboue on Victor Moses, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.

2mins

Nicklas Bendtner produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

1mins

James McArthur gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Indirect free kick taken by Robin van Persie.

The referee starts the match.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The match has kicked off.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

Match Preview

Arsenal could welcome back Emmanuel Eboue ahead of schedule from a knee problem for the Carling Cup quarter-final against Wigan at Emirates Stadium.

Centre-half Sebastien Squillaci picked up a minor knee problem during Saturday's win at Aston Villa and captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) remains sidelined along with Abou Diaby (ankle) and Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles).

Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner could all feature having been unused substitutes at Villa Park, while manager Arsene Wenger must decide whether to recall fit-again goalkeeper Manuel Almunia or give young Pole Wojciech Szczesny another chance.

Wenger has called on Arsenal fans to "keep faith" in his vision as he looks to guide the young Gunners into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.

The 4-2 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday avoided a third straight defeat, following on from the bitter disappointment of blowing a two-goal lead as arch-rivals Tottenham fought back to win the north London derby at Emirates Stadium and then going down 2-0 in Braga to leave Champions League qualification not yet assured.

Those performances once again had pundits and supporters alike questioning Arsenal's backbone and ability to turn potential into silverware.

Wenger, though, maintains his side have the quality needed to come good in the end as they look to secure a first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup by staying on course for Wembley with victory.

"For over two months we have played every three days, and part of that is sometimes you have ups and downs. It is how you respond to that," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online.

"The problem at the moment is that when these kind of things happen, everybody is emphasising the negative sides."

Wenger declared: "I am still quite optimistic, even if disappointed by the results. I have no major reason to doubt the team and the players, so even if my disappointment was huge, maybe that is why I am less down than many people because I see all the positive signs which are in my team.

"I am confident on the longer-term, like it is a marathon, that will all come out - keep with us, and keep faith with the team. I know their attitude is spot on, I know they have the quality - and we will not always lose games where the opponent only has one shot on goal."

Antolin Alcaraz returns from a one-match suspension for Wigan. Hugo Rodallega remains unavailable as he serves the second instalment of a three-game ban, while on-loan Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is not eligible to play under the terms of his season-long deal.

Gary Caldwell (thigh), Emmerson Boyce (hamstring) and James McCarthy (ankle) remain on the sidelines.

Roberto Martinez has revealed his plan to make Wigan the Arsenal of the north. Latics manager Martinez will .aim to get the better of the man whose footballing philosophy he is trying to emulate: Arsene Wenger.

Martinez is an arch-disciple of Gunners boss Wenger's entire approach to management, chiefly of the Frenchman's record of bringing through young players during his 14 years at the helm.

"I think developing players is key for a football club and, as we all know, for the nation," said Martinez.

"And I think it's a clear model that has produced outstanding talent and is carrying on doing that. That's been a great example throughout football and for many people to follow.

"To have the ideas very clear, to have those strong beliefs, they bring you success. It's quite clear that it's someone who started a model and football in general has benefited from that work."

Formation:442Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 442Manager: Roberto Martinez

Wigan

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Emmanuel Eboue
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Johan Djourou
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Theo Walcott
  • Neves Denilson
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Carlos Alberto Vela
  • Nicklas Bendtner
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • James Shea
  • James Shea
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Samir Nasri
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Craig Eastmond
  • Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
  • Havard Nordtveit

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Match Report

Gunners book semi spot Arsenal moved into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup with a 2-0 victory over Wigan at a freezing Emirates Stadium. The Gunners missed several good chances before they took the lead on the stroke of half-time through an own goal from Latics skipper Antolin Alcaraz. Wigan lost Victor Moses to a suspected broken wrist and Nicklas Bendtner's close-range effort on 67 minutes kept Arsene Wenger's men on the road to Wembley. Earlier, Bendtner - recalled to the starting XI alongside Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott - missed a great chance to take an early lead when Bendtner failed to connect with his free header at the far post from Van Persie's deep free-kick. Wigan tried to knock the ball around crispy as Moses darted down the left and cut back inside to the Arsenal penalty area before drilling a low shot into the side netting. Emmanuel Eboue's careless backpass from the halfway line allowed Mauro Boselli to scamper clear, but fortunately for the Arsenal defender the Argentina forward was pushed wide and eventually the attack broke down. Carlo Vela's angled drive was deflected out for a corner which Laurent Koscielny flicked over as Arsenal upped the tempo. The Mexican was put through again on 26 minutes, this time by Van Persie's clever backheel, but as the keeper committed himself, Vela's chip curled just wide of the empty net. Wigan defender Steve Gohouri showed great composure to chest the ball back to his keeper after it was lofted through the six-yard box. However, when Maynor Figueroa bodychecked Walcott, referee Martin Atkinson immediately reach for his back pocket. There was then a brief stoppage as Moses received treatment from an awkward fall in the build-up to Arsenal's counter-attack, landing on his wrist. The England youth international was carried off on a stretcher, replaced by Charles N'Zogbia. Arsenal appealed for handball against Figueroa as Van Persie looked to collect a chip into the Wigan box, but neither the referee nor his assistant were interested, which replays suggested they should have been. Arsenal went ahead on 42 minutes through an own goal. Walcott's corner caused all sorts of problems in the Wigan six-yard box, with Alcaraz - just back from suspension - flicking the ball into the net under pressure from Bendtner. There were some anxious moments for Arsenal at the start of the second half when Van Persie needed treatment after being sandwiched between two Wigan defenders as he tried to connect with Vela's cross into the six-yard box. Walcott weaved down the right and chipped the ball back for Bendtner, but the Denmark striker headed wide. Wigan continued to come forward and caused some concern around the Arsenal penalty box. As the hour mark passed, the temperature continued to plummet with snow swirling around inside the Emirates Stadium basin. Arsenal looked to have secured safe passage to the semi-finals when Vela was put clear down the left, and his low centre was bundled in by Bendtner from two yards after 67 minutes. Walcott got away again down the right, beating the advancing keeper and pushing the ball out to Vela, but the angle was too tight as Ali Al Habsi recovered to save on the line. With the tie now safe, Arsenal took off Van Persie and Jack Wilshere, replaced by Craig Eastmond and Samir Nasri. Walcott almost made it three when he cut in from the left and curled a low effort just wide of the far post. It was all too much excitement for one young fan, who sprinted down the touchline to shake hands with Wenger before being escorted away by stewards. In stoppage time, Nasri broke into the box and rounded the keeper, but his shot was cleared off the line by James McArthur.

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