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  • April 16, 2012
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Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Wigan

Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Wigan

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Arsene Wenger's men can open up an eight-point gap over fourth-placed Spurs with a win against Roberto Martinez's relegation-threatened side, which has won four of its last five


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Djourou, Vermaelen, Santos
Arteta, Song, Rosicky
Walcott, Van Persie, Benayoun

WIGAN ATHLETIC


Al-Habsi
Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa
Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour
Moses, Maloney
Di Santo

Arsenal is missing center back Laurent Koscielny, who serves the final game of his suspension for picking up his 10th yellow card of the campaign against Manchester City.

Apart from that, the Gunners are only suffering from the long-term absences of Jack Wilshere, Per Mertesacker (both ankle), Emmanuel Frimpong (knee), Francis Coquelin and Abou Diaby (both hamstring).

Arsene Wenger is likely to stick with the 4-3-3 formation that beat Wolves 3-0.

The Latics are missing Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega once again, but have no fresh injury concerns and are likely to remain unchanged from their 1-0 victory over Manchester United.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal has won eight of its last nine matches.
  • The Gunners cruised to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Wigan at the DW Stadium on Dec. 3.
  • Arsenal boasts the second best home defense in the league, having only conceded 12 goals compared to Manchester City's 10.
  • Wigan has only beat Arsenal once in its Premier League history, with a historic 3-2 victory at the DW Stadium helping to seal top-flight survival in April 2010.
  • The Latics are searching for their fourth victory in five league matches, following an impressive 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
  • Of the last six matches Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney (pictured right) has been involved in, the Latics have lost just once.
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3Bacary SagnaDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
27Andre SantosDefender
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7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
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