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Premier League

  • 22 January 2011
  • • 20:30
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 59552

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    FULL TIME It's finished Arsenal 3-0 Wigan Athletic. Robin Van Persie scored a hat trick to give Arsene Wenger's men a deserved win over Wigan to stay just two points behind Manchester United. The score could have finished 4-0 had Van Persie converted a penalty that saw Gary Caldwell sent off but he blazed his shot over the bar. An easy win for Arsenal.
  • 90'
    There will be three minutes of injury time played.
  • 90'
    Theo Walcott takes a shot from inside the penalty area but fails to hit the target, sending his shot wide of the right hand post.
  • 87'
    SubstitutionCesc Fàbregas Denilson
  • 86'
    SubstitutionRobin van Persie Marouane Chamakh
  • 86'
    The goal will be Robin Van Persie's last action of the game as he makes way for Marouane Chamakh. Cesc Fabregas also departs the field to be replaced by Neves Denilson.
  • 85'
    Assist Theo Walcott
  • 85'
    Goal Robin van Persie
  • 85'
    Alex Song has another chance for Arsenal, which finds it's way to wide of the post.
  • 84'
    Wigan caught offside, which means Wojceich Szczesny will get a rare touch of the ball as he restarts play.
  • 83'
    Ben Watson is fouled by Cesc Fabregas and Hendry Thomas takes the free kick.
  • 80'
    Andrey Arshavin has fouled Franco Di Santo to give Wigan a free kick. James McArthur restarts the play.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionCharles N'Zogbia Emmerson Boyce
  • 78'
    Wigan have made their third and final substitution of the day as Charles N'Zogbia makes way for Emmerson Boyce.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionSamir Nasri Andrey Arshavin
  • 75'
    Andrey Arshavin has been brought on by Arsene Wenger to replace Samir Nasri.
  • 74'
    Robin Van Persie has just hit the post! A left footed shot from outside the area sees the ball strike the post.
  • 71'
    Penalty save Ali Al Habsi
  • 71'
    Missed Penalty Robin van Persie
  • 70'
    Red Card Gary Caldwell
  • 70'
    SENDING OFF!!!!! Gary Caldwell has been sent off for a professional foul on Cesc Fabregas. With the Spaniard through on goal Caldwell brings him to the floor and gives Arsenal a penalty.
  • 69'
    Cesc Fabregas tries his luck from just outside the box but his shot goes wide of the upright.
  • 67'
    Yellow Card H. Thomas
  • 65'
    Franco Di Santo wastes a rare Wigan chance as his header from inside the penaty area clears the left hand side of the goal.
  • 63'
    Cesc Fabregas fouls Gary Caldwell and gives away the free kick. Caldwell restarts play by taking the free kick
  • 59'
    Arsenal on the counter attack again straight away but a cross is easily cleared by the Wigan defence.
  • 58'
    Assist Cesc Fàbregas
  • 58'
    Goal Robin van Persie
  • 58'
    Arsenal awarded a free kick as Ben Watson is penalised unfairly for a foul on Alex Song. Song takes the free kick.
  • 57'
    Theo Walcott takes a shot close to the goal but sees his shot go past the right hand side of the goal.
  • 54'
    Wigan are enjoying the greatest spell of possession in the game but are failing to create any chances, they're just passing it around the midfield.
  • 53'
    An inswinging corner delivered by Cesc Fabregas finds his way to the near post but Steve Gohouri manages to clear the danger.
  • 52'
    Samir Nasri is fouled by Steve Gohouri and the Frenchman takes the resulting free kick, which sees Steven Caldwell blocking his attempt.
  • 49'
    Hugo Rodallega takes a shot, which is blocked by Alex Song.
  • 47'
    Wigan have started the second half brightly and are passing the ball around the pitch quite nicely.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionRonnie Stam James McArthur
  • 46'
    SubstitutionMohamed Diame Franco Di Santo
  • 45' + 1'
    Half time at The Emirates and it's Arsenal 1-0 Wigan Athletic. Arsneal have completely dominated this game and should have at least three or four goals to show for their efforts. Roberto Martinez will undoubtedly be the happier of the two managers at the interval but it could have been worse, had Al Habsi not kept out numerous shots. As it is Arsenal lead through Robin Van Persie's goal.
  • 45'
    One minute of injury time to be added.
  • 43'
    More Arsenal possession sees Hendry Thomas foul Cesc Fabregas and the free kick is swung in by the Spaniard. The danger is cleared by Gary Caldwell.
  • 41'
    Its four against two in Arsenal's favour who hit Wigan on the counter attack again but Al Habsi breaks up the play.
  • 39'
    The corner is taken by Samir Nasri and Wigan fail to clear the danger again. The ball falls to Cesc Fabregas who sees his shot saved again by the Oman international.
  • 38'
    Samir Nasri takes a shot from the edge of the area but it is saved by Ali Al Habsi, who sends it over the bar.
  • 35'
    The shot came as a result of a quick Arsenal counter attack and Walcott squares the ball to Cesc Fabregas who shoots. The ball hits Caldwell and then falls kindly to Robin Van Persie who wastes his shot. It should be 2-0.
  • 35'
    Robin Van Persie launches a shot from outside the Wigan area but sees his shot fly over the crossbar.
  • 33'
    Wigan manage to pressure Arsenal into conceding a corner and it's taken by Ben Watson but Johan Djourou makes the clearance.
  • 31'
    A shot is taken by Ces Fabregas but he sees his shot saved by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 26'
    Mohamed Diame unfairly challenged by Alex Song and a free kick is awarded. Ben Watson restarts the play.
  • 24'
    Free kick awarded to Arsenal as Hendry Thomas fouls Cesc Fabregas. The resulting free kick is taken by Robin Van Persie left footed but it's cleared by Steve Gohouri.
  • 22'
    Assist Alex Song
  • 22'
    Goal Robin van Persie
  • 21'
    GOAL!!! Robin Van Persie puts the Gunners ahead! Alex Song feeds the ball through to Van Persie and the Dutchman makes no mistakes by slotting the ball low into the middle of the Wigan goal to give Arsenal a deserved lead.
  • 21'
    Possession is wasted by Gohouri as a neat bit of skill sees him get the better of Arsenal but a poor second touch sees the ball trickle out for a throw in.
  • 19'
    Nice fluid passing from Wigan here. They have got the ball down on the floor and playing it around the field. The passing will please Martinez.
  • 18'
    Walcott takes the free kick but a low free kick is easy for the Wigan shot stopper.
  • 17'
    Fabregas controls a pass and looks to skip past Cauldwell. Brought to the floor and free kick is awarded in a similar place to the last one
  • 16'
    Wigan are starting to see more of the ball and are passing it around the midfield but an interception sees a great run from Walcott who pulls it back to Fabregas to shoot. But a great stop from the Wigan defence sends the ball out for a corner
  • 14'
    Arsenal have begun the game brightly and are causing the Wigan defence numerous problems. They should be 1-0 up but for the excellent reflexes of Al Habsi.
  • 12'
    Wigan make a rare run into the Arsenal half but Clichy stops the Wigan attack. Free kick
  • 11'
    Van Persie steps over the ball and allows Nasri to take the free kick but fires it straight into the Wigan wall
  • 10'
    Wilshere feeds through Fabregas on the corner of the penalty area and Cauldwell fouls him.Free Kick Arsenal in a dangerous position
  • 8'
    Corner drilled in but comes to nothing and the ball goes out for a goal kick
  • 8'
    Walcott heads towards the Wigan goal but a poor touch lets the ball just roll away from here. Wigan fail to clear and the ball falls to Van Persie who hits it straight at Al Habsi who palms it out for a corner
  • 4'
    Again Arsenal are on the attack and they are passing the ball through the Wigan defence and Nasri takes a shot, which is saved by Al Habsi, cleared by Steven Cauldwell
  • 2'
    Arsenal putting together a nice passing move and are on the attack but Theo Walcott is caught offside
  • 1'
    Wigan have just got the game under way and have lost possession to Arsenal straight away.
  • Team News Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Walcott, Fabregas, Nasri, van Persie. Subs: Shea, Denilson, Arshavin, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner. Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Gary Caldwell, Steven Caldwell, Figueroa, Thomas, Diame, Stam, Watson, N'Zogbia, Rodallega. Subs: Pollitt, McCarthy, Di Santo, Gomez, McArthur, Boyce, McManaman.