Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: Arsenal are inspirational to other clubs & we need to be very, very careful of amazing Robin van Persie

The Spaniard has high praise for Saturday's opponents, who he has never lost to at the DW Stadium, and insists the Gunners have more attacking threats than just the Dutchman
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has heaped praise on Arsenal and their in-form striker Robin van Persie ahead of their clash with the north London club on Saturday.

The Spanish boss has never lost to the Gunners at the DW Stadium and hinted that Arsene Wenger's open style of play suits his Lactics side, with his men looking to pick up successive Premier League victories after last Saturday's 2-1 win over Sunderland.

"They are a phenomenal football team," Martinez told Absolute Radio.

"I think their philosophy and their football concepts are inspirational to other football clubs and obviously when you play against Arsenal you really get tested and in every department you need to be perfect.

"We need to find that concentration and be as good as we can and if we do that you’re going to see a very similar style of football from both teams.

"That means that there will be chances and the games are open. Nine goals in the last two games has been a fantastic football recipe. 

"I hope that on Saturday we can reproduce the level that we showed previously against Arsenal."

Martinez also rubbished suggestions that Arsenal can be contained if Van Persie can be stopped, with the Dutchman having scored 13 league goals so far this season, instead the Spaniard was quick to note a number of other threatening players at Wenger's disposal.

"It’s harder than that. You need to be very, very careful because I agree that Van Persie now is in amazing form right now," he continued.

"Obviously he’s a world class player and I don’t think you can describe many players nowadays with that title, but the truth is he’s got all the individuals around him as well that can really hurt you if you leave yourself exposed. 

"Gervinho, Walcott, Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, they are players that are very, very good at one on one situations, so you have to be very, very careful. 

"The truth is that Van Persie is a player that can really get a result just based on his performance and it doesn’t need much to affect results, so we’ll have to be well aware.

"I'm excited because playing Arsenal is the game that you want to be involved and as a football club we want to create a special atmosphere and enjoy the afternoon."

Listen to Wigan vs Arsenal this Saturday 3rd December on Rock ‘N’ Roll Football only on Absolute Radio extra - on DAB Digital Radio, 1215AM and online in the UK from 1.30pm. Tune in for the full Roberto Martinez interview. For more go to www.absoluteradio.co.uk/football