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May 15, 2013 2:45 AM SGT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 60068‎
 
63′ Theo Walcott
 
 
71′ Aaron Ramsey
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 4-1 Wigan

The Gunners ran riot in the second half against the FA Cup winners, securing a win which keeps them in pole position to finish in fourth place and sends the Latics down

By Ewan Roberts at the Emirates Stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    14
    13
    2.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Had little to do throughout the night, though was often nervy and let down by really poor distribution. Having got a hand to Maloney's free kick, he might have expected to keep it out.

  • Bacary Sagna
    20
    6
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Was solid and rarely troubled by wing-back Espinoza, with most of Wigan's threat coming down the opposite flank. Supported Walcott well too.

  • Per Mertesacker
    27
    2
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Commanding and resolute in the air, not that Wigan tested that particular facet very often, and marshalled the defence well. He kept Kone quiet and was a calming influence in defence.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    37
    2
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    The Frenchman was calm and composed at the back, and made several telling interceptions - including an acrobatic overhead clearance. The centre-back also used the ball well, starting a number of attacks from deep.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    25
    4
    4.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Dealt with livewire McManaman well, showing him down the line and rarely being tricked by one of the youngster's step-overs or feints. Got forward well too, and brought width down the left flank. An excellent display.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    23
    6
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Didn't have much influence and was routinely shrugged off the ball by the powerful McCarthy. Was also neat and tidy in possession, though, and released Walcott a number of times with intricate slide-rule passes. Subbed in the second half.

  • Mikel Arteta
    21
    5
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    The Spaniard was always readily available, making space to be be picked out by his team-mates, but didn't do much with the ball and rarely probed Wigan's shaky defence. Gave away the free kick which was so ruthlessly dispatched by Maloney.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    34
    4
    4.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Hustled and harried in midfield, closing down with energy and vigour and flying into challenges with grit and gusto. Married that work rate with quality on the ball, surging forward to join the attack and justly grabbed a goal to cap a fine display.

  • Santi Cazorla
    36
    4
    4.00

    Santi Cazorla

    Often at the forefront of Arsenal's sweeping attacks and provided the assists for both Podolski's opener and the Walcott strike which reclaimed the lead. Creative, penetrative and dangerous.

  • Lukas Podolski
    34
    2
    4.00

    Lukas Podolski

    He's unlikely to score many easier goals in his career, nodding in from close range after being left completely unmarked. Added a second with a dinked finish. Always dangerous, and took his goals well. Subbed off before he could complete his hat-trick.

  • Theo Walcott
    37
    4
    4.50

    Theo Walcott Top of the Match

    Walcott was a constant menance throughout. His pace and willingness to run in behind the last man worried Wigan right from the off, and Scharner especially. His end product was often dangerous too, and he grabbed the second-half goal which heralded Wigan's implosion.

Substitutions

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    11
    2
    2.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Came on in stoppage time for Arteta.

  • Jack Wilshere
    13
    2
    2.00

    Jack Wilshere

    Came on for Rosicky with barely 10 minutes remaining.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    12
    2
    2.00

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Replaced Podolski with just over 10 minutes left to play.

  • Joel
    4
    0
    3.00

    Joel

    Conceded four times but was unlucky on each occasion and given very little chance with any of the strikes. Pulled off some excellent saves when the scores were tied.

  • Antolín Alcaraz
    1
    1
    2.50

    Antolín Alcaraz

    One of the few Wigan defenders to leave the match with any credit, having largely defended well. He stuck tight to Podolski in open play, though was a little at sea when low crosses were being fizzed into the box.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    2
    2
    2.50

    Emmerson Boyce

    The centre-back may be an Arsenal fan, but it rarely showed as he thundered into challenges. Often worried by the darting runs of Cazorla and Podolski, losing the pair when Walcott would hit the by-line several times.

  • James McCarthy
    4
    1
    3.50

    James McCarthy

    Ran the midfield for Wigan, bringing energy and tenacity, snapping at heels and winning possession. He was everywhere, tackling, intercepting, closing down, and brought real quality on the ball. Did not deserve to be on the losing team.

  • Jordi Gómez
    1
    4
    2.00

    Jordi Gómez

    Peripheral to the point of anonymity in midfield, and left McCarthy with a lot of work to do. Granted Arteta and Rosicky far too much time on the ball and was withdrawn in the second half after a subdued display.

  • James McArthur
    3
    3
    2.00

    James McArthur

    Should have been marking Podolski but bafflingly ran away from the German, retreating to the goalline, allowing Arsenal to take an early lead. Linked quite well with McManaman but cleary uncomfortable playing at wing-back.

  • R. Espinoza
    2
    4
    1.50

    R. Espinoza

    The wing-back pushed high up the pitch, but left an enormous amount of room for Walcott in behind to exploit and never adapted to the danger. Should have marked Walcott more tightly, instead he granted him the freedom of the Emirates.

  • Paul Scharner
    2
    6
    1.00

    Paul Scharner Flop of the Match

    Forced to cover Espinoza for much of the match, but was massively troubled by the pace of Walcott. The Austrian looked like he was running in quick-sand compared to the Arsenal winger and was caught out frequently. Played Podolski onside for the third in what was a horrific night's work.

  • Arouna Kone
    1
    4
    2.50

    Arouna Kone

    Struggled to affect the match and was deprived of the service he thrives on, namely, early through-balls in behind the defence. Worked hard but his impact barely registered.

  • Shaun Maloney
    9
    0
    3.00

    Shaun Maloney

    Won and scored a free kick in the final embers of the first half to draw Wigan level, sending a dipping effort into the bottom corner. Was a creative force in flickers, and Arsenal often struggled to pick him up.

  • Callum McManaman
    2
    4
    2.00

    Callum McManaman

    Struggled to deliver a performance as incisive and destructive as his FA Cup final appearance, with Gibbs proving a far tougher nut to crack than Gael Clichy. Flickered only in brief spells before injury ended his night prematurely.

Substitutions

  • Ben Watson
    4
    1
    2.50

    Ben Watson

    Replaced Gomez after Arsenal had re-taken the lead, though could not repeat his heroics from the FA Cup final.

  • Franco Di Santo
    7
    1
    3.00

    Franco Di Santo

    Came on for the injured McManaman with over half an hour remaining and was a busy, bullish presence up front.

  • Ángelo Henríquez
    3
    2
    2.00

    Ángelo Henríquez

    Came on for Maloney with just a few minutes left to play.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2