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  • Date:03 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The DW Stadium
  • Attendance:19,280
  • Arteta (27) Vermaelen (28)
    Gervinho (60) van Persie (77)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91mins

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

90mins

Clarindo Andre Santos challenges Steve Gohouri unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ronnie Stam restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey. Mohamed Diame receives a caution. James McArthur is brought on as a substitute for Mohamed Diame. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

85mins

Unfair challenge on Albert Crusat by Francis Coquelin results in a free kick. Francis Coquelin booked. Free kick taken by David Jones.

84mins

Yossi Benayoun takes a shot from 12 yards. Gary Caldwell makes a clearance. Short corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line.

84mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrey Arshavin on Mohamed Diame. Steve Gohouri restarts play with the free kick.

80mins

Alex Song leaves the field to be replaced by Andrey Arshavin. Yossi Benayoun comes on in place of Theo Walcott. Francis Coquelin on for Yao Gervinho.

78mins

Robin van Persie fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Wigan 0-4 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Theo Walcott.

77mins

The ball is swung over by Laurent Koscielny, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.

76mins

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Albert Crusat, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Jones.

75mins

Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

74mins

Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.

73mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Gohouri on Theo Walcott. Steve Gohouri is booked. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.

72mins

Outswinging corner taken by David Jones from the left by-line, Steve Gohouri takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

71mins

Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Blocked by Per Mertesacker.

70mins

Aaron Ramsey has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

67mins

Theo Walcott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Gohouri takes the indirect free kick.

67mins

Handball by Victor Moses. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

66mins

Corner taken by Victor Moses from the right by-line to the near post, Clarindo Andre Santos manages to make a clearance.

64mins

Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

61mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save. Yao Gervinho finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Wigan 0-3 Arsenal.Assist by Robin van Persie.

59mins

Albert Crusat is brought on as a substitute for Jordi Gomez.

59mins

Franco Di Santo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Conor Sammon.

59mins

Mikel Arteta produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

59mins

Robin van Persie sends in a cross.

57mins

Unfair challenge on James McCarthy by Alex Song results in a free kick. Alex Song booked. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jordi Gomez from right wing, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

56mins

Shot from just outside the box by Mohamed Diame misses to the right of the target.

55mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, David Jones makes a clearance.

54mins

Theo Walcott delivers the ball.

54mins

Jordi Gomez fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.

51mins

Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Gary Caldwell results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

50mins

The ball is delivered by Victor Moses.

49mins

Shot by Aaron Ramsey from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

48mins

Jordi Gomez produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

43mins

Theo Walcott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Jones. David Jones takes the direct free kick.

42mins

Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on David Jones. David Jones restarts play with the free kick.

40mins

Yao Gervinho is caught offside. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.

38mins

Unfair challenge on James McCarthy by Alex Song results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.

37mins

Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by James McCarthy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Yao Gervinho.

35mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Victor Moses. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.

34mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi. Theo Walcott produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

32mins

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Gohouri.

30mins

Robin van Persie fouled by Maynor Figueroa, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.

29mins

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Thomas Vermaelen finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Wigan 0-2 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Robin van Persie.

28mins

Mikel Arteta finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Thomas Vermaelen.

27mins

The ball is sent over by Ronnie Stam.

26mins

The ball is crossed by Aaron Ramsey, save made by Ali Al Habsi.

24mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Robin van Persie. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie from right channel, Steve Gohouri makes a clearance.

23mins

Conor Sammon is caught offside. Thomas Vermaelen restarts play with the free kick.

20mins

Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie to the near post, Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.

19mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Mohamed Diame. Mikel Arteta crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Mohamed Diame.

18mins

Mikel Arteta challenges James McCarthy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Gohouri takes the direct free kick.

18mins

The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott.

16mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Mohamed Diame. Per Mertesacker takes the free kick.

12mins

Ronnie Stam delivers the ball, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.

10mins

Victor Moses fouled by Laurent Koscielny, the ref awards a free kick. David Jones takes the free kick.

9mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jordi Gomez, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

6mins

Close range shot by Jordi Gomez goes wide of the left-hand post. Inswinging corner taken by Victor Moses from the left by-line.

2mins

Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

Match Preview

Points not position the focus for Martinez Wigan manager Roberto Martinez insists he is not overly concerned by the team's current position in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. The Latics are 19th in the table, but for Martinez, the statistic that really matters at the moment is nine points, the amount they have accrued from their 13 league fixtures so far. Rather than worrying about being mired in the drop zone, the Spaniard wants his side to concentrate simply on boosting that points tally, and the overall aim of bettering their final total from last season, 42. That was enough to keep Wigan up in 2010-11, and regarding their present standing, Martinez said: "We are not so concerned about getting out of the bottom three or not. "What we are concerned about is getting more points than we did last season and achieving our aim. "In a way, you learn how to live in those bottom three positions as long as you see progress, and as long as you are developing a squad that is capable of getting the amount of points that we need at the end of the season. "That mentality is well spread through the club, and we understand that every game is a unique opportunity to get points, whoever you are playing against." Wigan's next opportunity comes when they host Arsenal, against whom they have a good recent home record, drawing 2-2 and winning 3-2 in their last two meetings at the DW Stadium. They were, however, beaten 3-0 by the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium in January thanks to a hat-trick from Robin van Persie, whose prolific goalscoring form has continued over the course of 2011. The Dutchman poses a threat Martinez knows his side must get to grips with - although he is also wary of there being too much focus on one player, however in-form he may be. "You look at Robin over the last 12 months and he has matured massively," Martinez said. "I think he has gone into a different level. He really has grown and is now in the world-class bracket, and there are not many players you can say that about. "He brings extra spice in any game that he plays, is a unique footballer and is someone we will have to be very careful about. "But you have to be even more careful that you don't leave the others open and exposed. "Gervinho, Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey - and the list goes on." Martinez - whose team have bounced back from an eight-game losing streak in the league to draw 3-3 with Blackburn and win 2-1 at Sunderland in their last two fixtures - has no fresh injury concerns.. Emmerson Boyce is back in training working on his fitness having not featured in the squad for the last two matches. Fellow defender Antolin Alcaraz misses out again as he serves the final game of his three-match suspension for spitting at Wolves' Richard Stearman. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his players not to assume victory will come easy. "They are not [formalities]. The last couple of seasons, they have come back twice, where Wigan showed spirit and quality," said Wenger. "Their pitch has always been quite difficult in winter, but let's hope this time it will be all right. "They play good football so it's always a difficult game for us. "This year we have no choice - we want to win to take the three points tomorrow. "Wigan will be good opposition again. For us we just need to focus on our performance and try to win the game." Arsenal will be without midfielders Abou Diaby (hamstring) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) for the trip. Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) is also still out, along with defenders Carl Jenkinson (back) and Bacary Sagna (ankle). Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Kieran Gibbs (hernia) are long-term absentees.

Formation:4231Manager: Roberto Martinez

Wigan

Formation: 433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Ali Al Habsi
  • Ronnie Stam
  • Steve Gohouri
  • Gary Caldwell
  • Maynor Figueroa
  • Mohamed Diame
  • David Jones
  • Jordi Gomez
  • James McCarthy
  • Victor Moses
  • Conor Sammon
  • SUBS
  • Michael Pollitt
  • Albert Crusat
  • Ben Watson
  • Franco Di Santo
  • James McArthur
  • Hugo Rodallega
  • Adrian Lopez

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Match Report

Gunners heap woe on Wigan Arsenal moved into fifth place in the Barclays Premier League table with a thumping 4-0 win over Wigan at the DW Stadium. The hosts, who drop to the bottom of the table, began brightly but were undone by two goals in two minutes just before the half-hour mark as first Mikel Arteta's shot evaded Ali Al Habsi's grasp and then Thomas Vermaelen nodded in a corner. Arsenal always looked likely to add to their lead in the second half and in the 61st minute Gervinho made it three before Robin Van Persie added his customary goal 12 minutes from time after good work from Theo Walcott. The Latics started well and Victor Moses' well-struck shot could have gone anywhere when it deflected off Vermaelen, but fortunately for the visitors it flew straight into the arms of Wojciech Szczesny. And they went even closer in the sixth minute when Moses and Connor Sammon combined well to play in David Jones on the left of the area. His cross was palmed out by Szczesny but only as far as Jordi Gomez, who looked certain to score but instead saw his shot deflected behind by Andre Santos. Arsenal had offered little in the opening 15 minutes but Wigan captain Gary Caldwell was fortunate in the 17th minute when he got an attempted clearance from Walcott's low cross all wrong and was fortunate to see the ball dribble into the hands of Al Habsi. After a bright start, Wigan dropped deeper and deeper, and they paid the price in the 28th minute. First Vermaelen and then Arteta were given acres of space to run into, and the Spaniard took aim from 25 yards, although Al Habsi was right behind the shot and should have kept it out. He did not, though, and a minute later Arsenal made it two with the simplest of goals. Van Persie, who has scored more goals this season than Wigan's entire squad, drove a corner to the back post where Vermaelen nodded in. The visitors were now dominating and Al Habsi went some way to redeeming himself with a good save to deny Van Persie a 14th in the league, while the keeper then did just enough to force Gervinho wide after he had been played through. Wigan, who came back from two down to beat Arsenal here two seasons ago, appeared fortunate not to give away a penalty five minutes into the second half. A mistake from Steve Gohouri let in Aaron Ramsey and the Welshman was prevented from getting in a shot by a clumsy tackle from the defender, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on, to the disbelief of Ramsey and his team-mates. Van Persie continued his search for a goal, and he might have been wiser to go for goal with a header from Walcott's cross rather than trying to pick out a team-mate. Wigan were looking a little brighter and Ronnie Stam fizzed in a cross that just evaded Sammon before Mohamed Diame shot just wide. But the result was put beyond any doubt in the 61st minute when Van Persie worked some space in the box and, although his shot was parried by Al Habsi, it fell perfectly for Gervinho. A Van Persie goal would have made it perfect afternoon for Arsenal and he probably should have done better than shoot past the post a couple of minutes later. A decent break involving Wigan substitute Albert Crusat and Moses ended with Stam bursting into the area, and there was a muted shout for a penalty when he went to ground under pressure from Alex Song, but contact looked minimal. Arsenal then showed them how it should be done moments later as Walcott went on a fine run before setting up Van Persie, and this time the striker planted his shot firmly into the far corner. A triple substitution saw Gervinho, Walcott and Song replaced by Arshavin, Francis Coquelin and Yossi Benayoun, and the latter would have made it five with a neat dink over Al Habsi had Caldwell not got back and headed the ball off the line.

Form Guide

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  • Wigan
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • WWWWWD

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 22/01/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

Wigan

  • F Di Santo 4
  • M Diame 2
  • G Caldwell 1
  • AD Crusat 1
  • B Watson 1
  • J Gomez 1

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 13
  • M Arteta 2
  • T Vermaelen 2
  • T Walcott 2
  • YK Gervinho 2
  • A Arshavin 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • A Ramsey 1

Goals

Wigan

    • Total goals 36
    • Goals per game 12
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 50
    • Goals per game 26
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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