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Premier League

  • 22 December 2012
  • • 12:45
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 21754

Wigan - Arsenal Preview: Second win on the trot could see Gunners jump into third

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


Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa,
Stam, McCarthy, McCarthur, Beausejour
Gomez, Kone, Di Santo


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

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.

  • Wigan have 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 have won only two of their last 18 Premier League games played in the month of December
  • Arsenal have 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.



Players to watch

A. Koné

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The striker arrived from Levante in the summer and has bedded in nicely at his new club, quickly notching four Premier League goals. However, the Ivory Coast international's form has dried up in recent weeks, with no return in his last six Premier League outings, so he is due a performance.


Position: Midfielder

Games: 8

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Expect the little Spaniard to play a starring role in the match at the DW Stadium. His hat-trick on Monday took his goal tally to seven for the season, making him the Gunners' top marksman in the league. While he isn't a certainty to be on the scoresheet, Cazorla will invariably pull the strings for Wenger's side at Wigan.

Editor's Prediction

Two weeks ago you could perhaps expect an in-form Wigan to turn the fragile Arsenal over at home, but with the Gunners' confidence-boosting win at Reading combined Martinez's growing injury problems, it's hard to see past an away win. However, despite boasting one of the league's tightest defensive records, the Gunners are always vulnerable to conceding a sloppy goal through slack concentration.

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