Ali Al Habsi
Made two early saves to deny Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain and otherwise was not tested in the opening half as the men in front of him made excellent blocks inside the penalty area. He was at it again in the opening minutes of the second half as he saved well from Walcott's close range shot.
He was required in every position down the right-hand side and he performed well against the threat of Podolski, although the German did manage to get away from him at times. Going forward he got himself into some excellent crossing positions but his delivery was abysmal and ruined excellent openings for the hosts.
Playing as part of a defensive two-man back line, he was solid alongside Figueroa and dealt with the pace of Walcott well. He was very vocal at the back to ensure he had support when the visitors attacked, showing excellent organisational skill in the absence of normal captain Caldwell.
The other permanent centre-back in the unusual Wigan formation and he coped reasonably well although the pace of Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain clearly had him worried at times.
Playing in his strangest position of the season as he regularly dropped back from midfield to play as a makeshift central defender. He played the role surprisingly well and was impressive for the Latics with his crisp passing and calmness on the ball.
The Scot worked hard alongside Jones and McCarthy and was successful in breaking up the play when Arsenal were in possession. Going forward he likes to keep his passes simple and let others ahead of him try to open up defences but he performed his particular role well.
Lively in a free role as part of Wigan’s front three and the man that excites the Wigan crowd the most when he has the ball at his feet. Clear sights of goal were very rare for the forward but he was able to create good openings for others with excellent vision. Was replaced by Gomez in the final minutes.
Calm in possession but he is so one-footed it sometimes gets him into trouble and the Arsenal midfielders were quick to push him onto his weaker right foot when they could. His passing skills are excellent and he can always find a pass when given space to do so, and he was the only man to complete every single pass he attempted in the first half.
A lot was asked of the Chilean as he played as a left winger, left midfielder and left-back at times during the game and generally he did well. He posed a threat with his crossing ability in attacking situations and covered the runs of Oxlade-Chamberlain well. He made a clumsy challenge on Walcott just before the hour which gifted Arsenal a penalty and allowed Arteta to open the scoring.
Missed the best chance of the first half from Di Santo’s through ball, racing away from Mertesacker but dragging his shot well wide. His movement off the ball was good but his link-up play was a bit sloppy at times and attacks were not able to build with him in the central role upfront.
F. Di Santo
Impressed with his close control and ability to dribble his way out of tight positions, and also showed the range of passing he has in his locker with an excellent ball for Kone to chase in the first half. He held the ball up well for his side and looked a threat to the Arsenal defence until he was replaced by McManaman in the 76th minute.
Was never tested in the first half as Wigan’s shooting lacked accuracy. He tried to keep his distribution simple in the tough conditions which enabled Arsenal to have good possession.
Keen to get forward down the left whenever he could but he never let it affect his defensive responsibilities which he handled very well. He was beaten a few times as Wigan’s passing released Stam in behind him but he was able to stop the Dutchman creating anything of note.
His lack of pace was shown up by Kone midway through the first half and he was lucky the Ivorian dragged his shot wide. There is no doubt that he reads the game well though and he was able to make some crucial challenges to deny Maloney in the second half.
He normally scores against Wigan so he will be disappointed not to have continued his streak but he was never in a situation to even test Al Habsi. He handled Kone well and shared the responsibility of marking the Ivorian with Mertesacker which frustrated the striker.
He had a busy afternoon against Maloney and Beausejour down the Wigan left and he did well by restricting the positions they were able to cross into the box from. He was rarely beaten on the outside meaning the crosses that did come in were easier to defend.
Despite not having a full-back marking him, the winger was never alone when going forward but he was a constant threat and created a great chance for Walcott in the opening minutes of the second half. He had a good chance himself in the first half as he was released by Cazorla but he saw his powerful shot well saved by Al Habsi. He was replaced by Ramsey in the 75th minute.
Not at his fluent best in the opening half as his control seemed to let him down in the tough conditions, but there were still moments of quality from the Spaniard. The second half was a better showing from him but he still was not controlling the game as he has done in the past. Was replaced by Koscielny in injury time.
He is the heartbeat of the Arsenal midfield and dictates the way his side play brilliantly with short, sharp passes into his team-mates. He rarely got close to the Wigan goal until he was gifted the chance to open the scoring from 12 yards in the 59th minute, and he made no mistake by sending Al-Habsi the wrong way.
Busy in the middle of the pitch throughout the game, he was always a threat to the Wigan back line and played excellent passes into the men ahead of him. He always looked calm in possession and never let the conditions affect his performance, unlike others on the pitch.
Playing as the central man of a front three, his pace worried the Wigan defence but he was unable to beat Al-Habsi. His one clear chance came in the opening minutes of the second half but the Oman international saved well from his close range effort.
Drifted in and out of the game with moments of class mixed with poor control in the wet weather. He did not have many sights of goal and his best chance came early on but his shot was well saved by Al-Habsi. He was replaced by Coquelin late on.