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Premier League

  • 3 December 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 19280

Wigan - Arsenal Preview: Arsene Wenger's in-form Gunners failed to win away to the Latics in last two seasons

After their victory at Sunderland, the hosts face a tough match against the Londoners, who will have Robin van Persie back to lead the line after he was rested in midweek



Al Habsi
Boyce, Caldwell, Gohouri, Figueroa
McCarthy, Diame, Watson
Moses, Gomez


Koscielny, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Santos
Ramsey, Song, Arteta
Walcott, Van Persie, Gervinho

Wigan have no new injury worries for this game, only third choice goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is unavailable.

Arsenal have four players unavailable through injury: Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere are long-term absentees and Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs have both joined them on the sidelines recently.

Thomas Vermaelen, Gervinho and Robin van Persie were all rested for the midweek League Cup defeat to Manchester City and they should all return to the starting line-up for this match.

  • The two sides have played each other 16 times in their history, but they had never met before Wigan’s promotion to the Premier League in 2005. In the past six years, the Gunners have dominated the encounters with 12 wins and just two for the Latics.
  • Arsenal have not won on their last two visits to Wigan. They were held to a 2-2 draw last December and were beaten 3-2 in April 2010 with the Latics scoring three goals in the final 10 minutes of the game top secure the three points.
  • Arsenal celebrated their 125th Anniversary, this week. The club was founded on December 1 1886 as Dial Square before becoming Woolwich Arsenal in 1891 and just Arsenal in 1913.
  • Arsenal have not won any of their three recent trips to the North West, with defeats to Blackburn and United this season and Bolton last season. You have to go back to a 3-1 victory over Blackpool in April for the last time they were triumphant in this part of the country.
  • Home is not necessarily where the heart is for Wigan as Roberto Martinez’s side have not won at the DW Stadium in four attempts. The Latics have also not kept a clean sheet in 10 games.
  • Despite victory over Sunderland, Wigan are still in the bottom three of the Premier League; however, if they were they to record consecutive victories for the first time in 13 attempts they would close the gap on the sides just outside of the relegation zone.
  • Wigan average just one goal per game at home this season and have the worst conversion rate in the top flight, scoring with just 9 per cent of their shots.
  • Arsenal have the second best attacking record away from home this season. They average just over two goals a game on their travel – only leaders Manchester City have a better record.
  • Late goals could be on the cards for this game seeing as there have been 13 goals scored in the 80th minute or later in the last 10 Premier League meetings between Wigan and Arsenal.
  • Arsenal have recouped the most points from losing positions in the Premier League this season (seven) and all of those have been won in their last four league games.
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Players to watch

J. McCarthy

Position: Midfielder

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The Irish midfielder has made nine appearances for Martinez’s side this term and he has begun to make more of an impact in the Wigan midfield of late. However, he has not made any assists and he is still looking for his first goal of the season, something he will be hoping to put right this weekend.

R. van Persie

Position: Attacker

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The striker is having a fantastic season so far having stayed free of injuries. He has scored 13 goals this term, which is one more than the whole of the Wigan squad.

Editor's Prediction

Wigan will be on a high after their last gasp victory over Sunderland last weekend, however, facing Arsenal is as tough a test as any, although the Latics will be hoping to extend their unbeaten home run against the Gunners to three games.

Arsenal are the in-form team in the Premier League at the moment and are unbeaten in six, and will be confident they can make it seven against second bottom Wigan.

With Van Persie in sparkling form the Gunners should have too much for the battling Wigan and will run out comfortable victors.

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