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  • Date:29 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:The DW Stadium
  • Attendance:17,014
  • Watson - pen (17) Sebastien Squillaci - og (80)
  • Arshavin (38)
    Bendtner (43)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92:37 +2.37

Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a comfortable save.

91:36 +1.36

Close range effort by Nicklas Bendtner goes wide of the left-hand post.

91:20 +1.20

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Antolin Alcaraz gets a block in.

89:06

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Samir Nasri. Shot from just outside the area by Bacary Sagna misses to the right of the target.

87:54

Antolin Alcaraz challenges Nicklas Bendtner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Samir Nasri.

85:00

Maynor Figueroa is brought on as a substitute for Ronnie Stam.

81:57

Andrey Arshavin leaves the field to be replaced by Samir Nasri. Theo Walcott joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Wilshere.

79:29

Tom Cleverley produces a cross, clearance by Laurent Koscielny. Inswinging corner taken by Ben Watson, Own goal by Sebastien Squillaci. Wigan 2-2 Arsenal.Assist by Hugo Rodallega.

77:21

Charles N'Zogbia sent off.

76:07

Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.

75:04

Steve Gohouri has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

74:33

Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.

73:45

The referee shows Gary Caldwell a yellow card. Gary Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh. Tomas Rosicky restarts play with the free kick.

73:33

The ball is swung over by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance by Bacary Sagna.

71:51

Bacary Sagna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McArthur. Ben Watson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

71:02

James McArthur replaces Mohamed Diame.

70:04

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.

70:04

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

68:32

Foul by Marouane Chamakh on Ben Watson, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Hugo Rodallega from the free kick, save by Lukasz Fabianski.

67:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz by Marouane Chamakh. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Watson, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.

66:57

The ball is crossed by Mohamed Diame, Nicklas Bendtner manages to make a clearance.

65:58

Unfair challenge on Ben Watson by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.

65:37

Tomas Rosicky fouled by Hendry Thomas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Rosicky.

63:49

Shot on goal by Tom Cleverley from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

61:48

Ronnie Stam is caught offside. Lukasz Fabianski takes the indirect free kick.

59:51

Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson. Free kick taken by Neves Denilson.

57:56

Outswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin, Headed effort from inside the area by Marouane Chamakh misses to the right of the target.

57:47

Centre by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Antolin Alcaraz.

53:23

Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mohamed Diame. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.

49:17

Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Ben Watson results in a free kick. Neves Denilson takes the direct free kick.

49:03 +4.03

Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Watson.

48:24

Hendry Thomas challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neves Denilson restarts play with the free kick.

46:32 +1.32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Andrey Arshavin. Direct free kick taken by Andrey Arshavin, Close range headed effort by Marouane Chamakh misses to the right of the target.

46:26

Ronnie Stam fouled by Andrey Arshavin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Hendry Thomas.

43:51

A goal is scored by Nicklas Bendtner from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 1-2 Arsenal.Assist by Andrey Arshavin.

42:58

Marouane Chamakh fouled by Steve Gohouri, the ref awards a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.

38:54

Andrey Arshavin grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 1-1 Arsenal.Assist by Nicklas Bendtner.

38:50

Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.

38:07

Emmanuel Eboue fouled by Charles N'Zogbia, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.

36:59

Emmanuel Eboue challenges Ben Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.

30:31

Bacary Sagna challenges Hendry Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.

26:40

Jack Wilshere replaces Vassiriki Diaby. Ben Watson challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neves Denilson takes the free kick.

23:17

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.

22:49

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, save made by Ali Al Habsi.

20:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Watson, Antolin Alcaraz takes a shot. Neves Denilson manages to make a clearance.

18:26

Neves Denilson fouled by Ben Watson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Tomas Rosicky.

17:12

Penalty scored by Ben Watson. Wigan 1-0 Arsenal.Laurent Koscielny gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia. Charles N'Zogbia provided the assist for the goal.

15:51

Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from 12 yards.

13:41

Neves Denilson fouled by Charles N'Zogbia, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neves Denilson.

11:51

Gary Caldwell challenges Nicklas Bendtner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicklas Bendtner produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Gary Caldwell. Andrey Arshavin takes a outswinging corner.

9:26

Foul by Gary Caldwell on Marouane Chamakh, free kick awarded. Neves Denilson takes the free kick.

9:08

Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.

7:08

Charles N'Zogbia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

6:33

Foul by Marouane Chamakh on Hendry Thomas, free kick awarded. Antolin Alcaraz restarts play with the free kick.

4:58

Effort from deep inside the area by Andrey Arshavin clears the bar.

4:01

Hendry Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vassiriki Diaby. Free kick taken by Neves Denilson.

1:52

The referee penalises Hugo Rodallega for handball. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

0:59

Centre by Charles N'Zogbia.

The game gets underway.

The half-time whistle blows.

The second half kicks off.

The referee signals the end of the game.

Match Preview

Roberto Martinez believes there are comparisons with the positive impact loan spells at less glamorous Premier League destinations will have on the careers of Tom Cleverley and Jack Wilshere.

The precocious pair could go head to head at the DW Stadium when Wigan entertain an Arsenal side buoyed by their magnificent win over Chelsea last night. It promises to be an intriguing tussle, as well as a glimpse into what might be for Manchester United when Cleverley does return to Old Trafford.

For, just as 18-year-old Wilshere improved markedly as a direct result of spending the second half of last term at Bolton, so Martinez can see 21-year-old Cleverley developing just as quickly thanks to his spell at Wigan.

"I cannot see a reason for that not to happen," said the Latics chief.

"Tom is playing well and improving all the time. He will go as high in the game as he wants. I have no doubts about that. He can be a massive player for Manchester United. When your attitude and personality are right, it allows your football talent to shine."

Cleverley will approach the clash with the confidence of someone who scored in Sunday's vital win over Wolves that took the Latics out of the relegation zone.

Arsenal are going to present a completely different challenge, especially now the Gunners have re-established themselves as championship contenders. Not that Martinez was surprised at the majesty of the Londoners' performance at the Emirates.

"Not at all, we know what Arsenal are capable of and last night they looked really impressive.

"The way they moved the ball, the pressure they put on and the quality in the last third; that was Arsenal at their best. They are magnificent to watch and if they can carry on at that level, you could see a very special side for many years to come."

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas must serve a one-match suspension at Wigan after picking up his fifth yellow card in the Premier League win over Chelsea. Despite the loss of their skipper, Theo Walcott is confident the Gunners can kick on and back up their impressive performance over the Blues.

"We can't dwell on this result. We could be disappointed if we win against Chelsea and then lose at Wigan," said Walcott, who helped create Arsenal's second goal just after the break and then netted a quick-fire third to put the hosts in command.

"All the fans, you could sense the atmosphere, the fans were right up for it, just like the players were and we just didn't let Chelsea play.

"We were ready and wanted to do it for our fans because in recent years we let them down in these big matches and we just need to build on that now."

While Chelsea may not have presented the same challenge as in previous meetings, Arsenal nevertheless were good value for what could prove to be a big three points. Alex Song swept them ahead just before half-time, before Walcott and Fabregas capitalised on some poor Chelsea defending to put the game beyond the visitors.

England international Walcott was glad to finally see Arsenal come good when it mattered.

"It was nice to see an Arsenal team actually do everything right and hopefully we will just continue to do that," he said.

"All 11 players defensively were pressing at the right moments and we made Chelsea look quite average at times, but they are such a strong team and will be right at the top come the end of the season."

Abou Diaby, fit again after an ankle problem, could start alongside Russian winger Andrey Arshavin, who was an unused substitute against Chelsea.

Striker Marouane Chamakh and centre-back Sebastien Squillaci are also in contention but Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (ankle) and Kieran Gibbs (ankle) are out.

Formation:4231Manager: Roberto Martinez

Wigan

Formation: 433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Ali Al Habsi
  • Ronnie Stam
  • Gary Caldwell
  • Antolin Alcaraz
  • Steve Gohouri
  • Hendry Thomas
  • Mohamed Diame
  • Tom Cleverley
  • Ben Watson
  • Charles N'Zogbia
  • Hugo Rodallega
  • SUBS
  • Michael Pollitt
  • Mauro Boselli
  • Steven Caldwell
  • Jordi Gomez
  • James McArthur
  • Maynor Figueroa
  • Callum McManaman

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Match Report

Lack of killer instinct hurts Gunners Arsenal let 10-man Wigan off the hook as a late own-goal earned the Latics a 2-2 draw and prevented the Gunners joining the Manchester clubs at the top of the Premier League. It was not the disaster of last season, when Arsenal collapsed from 2-0 up to lose 3-2, but manager Arsene Wenger - who had gambled on eight changes from the side which beat Chelsea - will feel easy points were dropped in the tightest of title races. The Gunners led 2-1, with Charles N'Zogbia having been sent off for Wigan, only for the home side to level thanks to an own goal from Sebastian Squillaci. Ben Watson's penalty had given the home side a deserved lead, but Arsenal replied to take the lead at the break through Andrei Arshavin's brilliant scissor-kick and Nicklas Bendtner's calm finish. Perhaps Wenger's changes heartened Wigan because they started off in spirited fashion and had the Gunners rocking on their heels. Much of Arsenal's early struggles were self-inflicted. Squillaci gave up a contest with Hugo Rodallega claiming he had been fouled and fellow centre-back Laurent Koscielny had to rescue him with a perfectly-timed challenge in the box. Then Bendtner's appallingly loose pass was seized upon by N'Zogbia, who rattled in a low shot which was comfortable for Lukasz Fabianksi. Tomas Rosicky, Arsenal's captain on the night, finally managed to bring some composure to the visitors and his vision set Arshavin free only for the Russian to fire over the bar. Bendtner earned a free-kick on the edge of the Wigan box and took it himself, only to see it deflected off the wall and past the post with Ali Al Habsi flatfooted. In the 17th minute Wigan broke swiftly and N'Zogbia burst down the right before tumbled over Koscielny's trailing leg just on the edge of the box. A penalty looked the right decision and Watson hammered it home to give the home side a deserved lead. Arsenal were a whisker away from an equaliser when Rosicky's shot was parried by Al Habsi and Koscielny looked favourite to slot home, only for Gary Caldwell to dive in bravely to thwart the Frenchman. Before the half-hour was out, Wenger was forced to make a change with Jack Wilshere coming on for Abou Diaby, who had picked up an injury, and his arrival seemed to settle Arsenal down. Arshavin had been at his frustrating worst for most of the half but it was down to his brilliant volley that Arsenal equalised six minutes before the break. Marouane Chamakh had lobbed the ball on for Bendtner to hit a shot on the bounce and when Al Habsi managed to keep it out, it dropped for Arshavin to strike a lovely scissor-kick back past the Wigan goalkeeper. The goal seemed to breathe life into Arsenal and particularly Arshavin, who created a goal for Bendtner in the 43rd minute. Arshavin tussled for and won possession in the centre circle, then bustled forward and found Bendtner, who used his strength to brush off a couple of weak challenges and then make no mistake from 12 yards out. Wilshere's anchoring abilities made Arsenal appear more resilient generally and Antolin Alcaraz breathed a sigh of relief after heading just wide of his own net. From the resulting corner an unmarked Chamakh sent his header into almost exactly the same spot when he should really have hit the target. Although Arsenal's grip on the game had tightened, Wigan still looked capable of causing problems and Tom Cleverley was not a million miles away from finding the top corner after the usually-dependable Bacary Sagna had slipped. The Gunners' passing game had been slowly reasserting itself and it clicked into gear perfectly in the 70th minute with a mouthwatering move that simply begged to be finished off, but Al Habsi stood tall to deny Arshavin. N'Zogbia had looked Wigan's most potent threat all night and with 15 minutes left Arsenal were grateful to Fabianski for a one-on-one save. Having played so well, N'Zogbia then got himself sent off for pushing his head into Wilshere's face after an exchange of words, leaving referee Lee Probert little option but to show red. Far from being disheartened, the dismissal fired up the home side and with 10 minutes left they equalised. Rodallega headed back a corner at the far post and Squillaci, trying to thwart Caldwell, could only head into his own net. Wenger had to go for broke and did, bringing on Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri. There was one escape for Wigan when James McArthur deflected Nasri's free-kick with his hands, and once more the Gunners left the DW Stadium frustrated.

Form Guide

    WLLDDW
  • Wigan
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • WLWWLW

Last Meetings

  • 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
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 24/11/2007

Top Scorers

Wigan

  • H Rodallega 5
  • C N'Zogbia 3
  • T Cleverley 3
  • AV Alcaraz 1
  • J Gomez 1
  • V Moses 1

Arsenal

  • M Chamakh 7
  • S Nasri 7
  • T Walcott 5
  • A Song 4
  • F Fabregas 3
  • A Arshavin 2
  • B Sagna 1
  • V Diaby 1
  • N Bendtner 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • CG Vela 1
  • J Wilshere 1

Goals

Wigan

    • Total goals 44
    • Goals per game 15
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 66
    • Goals per game 37
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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