Wigan's poor form due to injuries not key player departures, insists Martinez

The Latics have slipped into the bottom three after losing five of their last seven Premier League games, and face a tricky test against Arsenal this coming weekend

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has insisted that the club's recent downturn in form is due to injuries, not the sale of key first-team members.

Victor Moses, Hugo Rodallega and Mohamed Diame all left in the summer and, while he rues the departure of key personnel, Martinez feels the transfer fees he has received from sales has been efficiently re-invested into the squad - with Arouna Kone and Ivan Ramis joining in the summer.

The boss has dismissed claims that such high-profile departures has affected the squad negatively after a run of five losses from their past seven games, and instead points to a recent spate of injuries.

"What is affecting us far more in this period is that we've had injuries to seven or eight players," the Spaniard is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.

"In every transfer market where we have lost players, we have replaced them and improved the side.

"Victor Moses is a very special player, but his departure has helped us grow and invest."

Wigan currently have eight first-team members out injured, including the likes of Ben Watson, James McCarthy, Gary Caldwell and Antolin Alcaraz.