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  • May 14, 2013
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Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Wigan

Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Wigan

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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


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.

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1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
17MonrealDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
27GervinhoStriker
1JoelGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
-James McArthurMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
15Callum McManamanStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
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8Ben WatsonMidfielder
20Fraser FyvieMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
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