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December 22, 2012 7:45 AM EST
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Premier League Preview: Wigan - Arsenal

Arsene Wenger's side could leapfrog Chelsea if results go their way over the weekend, while the injury-hit Latics need at least a point to move out of the relegation zone

By Husmukh Kerai

EPL, Reading v Arsenal, Santi Cazorla
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN
Reading
Al-Habsi
Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa,
Stam, McCarthy, McCarthur, Beausejour
Gomez, Kone, Di Santo

ARSENAL

  Arsenal FC
Szczesny
Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Arteta, Wilshere
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski
Walcott

Roberto Martinez's Wigan squad has been reduced to its bare bones with no fewer than eight players sidelined.

Irish midfielder James McCarthy (ankle) is likely to miss the match with an injury sustained against Norwich last week, but Latics are hit hardest at the back with Piscu (hamstring) likely to be out for 10 weeks and Antolin Alcaraz (groin) ruled out until the New Year.

Ivan Ramis and Gary Caldwell are both doubts for Saturday's game, so Wigan's three-man backline could feature midfielder David Jones again.

Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has no fresh injury concerns after Monday's win against Reading.

Olivier Giroud (back) could push for a start after his cameo appearance in the 5-2 win, but that position could be reserved for contract rebel Theo Walcott who impressed at the Madjeski.

Andre Santos (stomach) is still struggling, while Abou Diaby (thigh) has been ruled out until after Christmas.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wigan has only won one of 11 games this season when they have conceded the first goal.
  • The Latics have let in at least two goals in their last seven Premier League matches.
  • Martinez's side has won only two of its last 18 Premier League games played in the month of December
  • Arsenal has scored at least two goals in their last four away matches against Wigan in all competitions.
  • The Gunners have only won twice in their last seven games in all competitions.
  • Thomas Vermaelen (pictured) has scored in each of his three Premier League appearances against Wigan.

 

 



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