Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Wigan
Roberto Martinez's side know that only a win at the Emirates will preserve their top-flight status, just three days after their shock FA Cup success over Manchester City
By Adam Mazrani
Arsenal has no new injury worries with Arsene Wenger's only selection dilemma being whether to select Kieran Gibbs or Nacho Monreal at left back, while Jack Wilshere is also fighting to be given the nod over Tomas Rosicky. Olivier Giroud serves the final match of his three-game ban so Lukas Podolski looks set to lead the line once more.
Wigan may bring Ben Watson back into the starting line-up after the midfielder came off the bench to score the winner at Wembley in the FA Cup final. However, Roberto Martinez remains without Ronnie Stam (ankle), Jean Beausejour (hamstring) and Maynor Figueroa (groin).
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Arsenal and Wigan played each other in the last game at the old Highbury stadium back in May 2006. Only Johan Djourou remains at the Gunners, although he is currently out on loan with Hannover 96, while Mike Pollitt and Paul Scharner are still with the Latics.
- Arsenal has scored 43 goals at home in the Premier League this season, second only to champion Manchester United.
- The Gunners have only one ever-present in their squad, that being Santi Cazorla (pictured right), who has appeared in all 36 of their games so far.
- The previous game between the two sides was settled 1-0 in Arsenal's favor thanks to a penalty from Mikel Arteta.
- Of all the teams around them, Wigan has taken the most wins on the road in the league this season, with five ahead of its trip to the Emirates.
- The Latics took their first-ever league victory over Arsenal at the Emirates last season, when two quick-fire goals from Franco Di Santo and Jordi Gomez gave them a 2-1 win.
Top 3 Predictions
Arsenal 2-0 Wigan Athletic
- 15.03 %
Arsenal 3-0 Wigan Athletic
- 13.13 %
Arsenal 2-1 Wigan Athletic
- 11.42 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||May 14, 2013||Arsenal 4 - Wigan Athletic 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Dec 22, 2012||Wigan Athletic 0 - Arsenal 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 16, 2012||Arsenal 1 - Wigan Athletic 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Dec 3, 2011||Wigan Athletic 0 - Arsenal 4|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 22, 2011||Arsenal 3 - Wigan Athletic 0|
|Dec 11, 2013||Napoli 2 - Arsenal 0||UCL|
|Dec 8, 2013||Arsenal 1 - Everton 1||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||Arsenal 2 - Hull 0||EPL|
|Nov 30, 2013||Cardiff City 0 - Arsenal 3||EPL|
|Nov 26, 2013||Arsenal 2 - Marseille 0||UCL|
|26||Ali Al Habsi||Goalkeeper|
|9||Franco Di Santo||Striker|
Times In EDT
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed