Did not have a save to make as his side dominated from the first whistle to the last. Claimed two or three high crosses easily and cut out a through ball outside the box with his head in the first half. His easiest game so far for the Gunners.
Had to be on his guard for when Wigan got the ball to Charles N'Zogbia but coped well with his opposite winger. Got forward at every opportunity to give the home side an extra man in attack.
Easy day at the office for the French full-back. Played as right winger for most of the game and produced one stunning cross to Samir Nasri in the first-half. Not given enough to do by Wigan in defense.
Another player who probably enjoyed the easiest afternoon he has had in an Arsenal shirt. Not posed any threat by Wigan going forward and his passing and control of the ball were efficient and crisp.
Quiet afternoon for the Swiss international but he stayed alert for the whole 90 minutes despite not having too much defending to do. Dealt with the second-half aerial threat of Di Santo well.
Popped up everywhere for the Gunners and was a threat around the edge of the box with his powerful shooting and deft passing. Denied early by the feet of Al Habsi. Replaced by Arshavin with 15 minutes to go.
All action display from the Arsenal captain. Found space all afternoon, threading balls through to Nasri, Walcott and Van Persie. Should have scored on more than one occasion but was denied by the superb Al Habsi. Set up Van Persie's second with a pin-point accurate long ball over the head of Gary Caldwell. Linked up well with Van Persie all afternoon and this axis could be vital for the Gunners if they are to end their trophy drought.
Neat and tidy display from the England midfielder. His passing was crisp and he was always willing to take the ball from team-mates. Dictated the play from deep for Arsene Wenger's side.
R. van Persie
Produced three clinical finishes to give his side the points and grabbed himself the match ball. He could have had a fourth but skied a penalty high over the bar. Held the ball up well for the Gunners and brought his team-mates into play around him. The Dutch striker is back to his best form.
Terrorised Maynor Figueroa with his pace and was played in behind the full-back at every opportunity. Also had the ability to beat the full-back and played in some decent crosses which his team-mates failed to capitalize on. Still made some poor decisions in the final third, the main one being not shooting when through against Al Habsi.
Ali Al Habsi
Made superb save after superb save as he single handedly prevented Arsenal racking up the goals. Showed sharp reflexes in denying a host of Arsenal strikes from close range. Stopped the scoreline turning into a cricket score. Could do nothing to stop any of Van Persie's strikes.
Another Wigan defender who had a busy afternoon as Arsenal threw wave after wave of attacks at the Wigan goal.
Had a busy afternoon dealing with Samir Nasri and he came off second best to the in-form Frenchman. Was turned far to easily on too many occasions.
Replaced by manager Roberto Martinez at half-time as Wigan searched for a foothold in the game. Chased shadows for nearly all the time he was on the pitch and spent more time defending as his side were under the pump.
Produced a stunning block to deny Arsenal captain Fabregas in the first-half but that is about as good as it got for the Wigan skipper as he lost Van Persie for Arsenal's second and then was given a straight red card for bringing down Cesc Fabregas in the penalty area.
Given a torrid time by Theo Walcott's pace and also played Robin van Persie onside for the Gunner's opener. An afternoon to forget for the full-back.
Provided Wigan's only threat when they could get him on the ball. The handful of times he got the ball he caused Clichy problems down the Arsenal left and was unlucky not get a foul awarded after being brought down right on the edge of the penalty area. It was touch and go as to whether it was in the area.
Tracked Arsenal runners as best he could but there is only so much one man can do. Hardly got on the ball as he was another player lost in the midst of Arsenal's superiority.
Another player replaced at half-time by Martinez. Bamboozled by Arsenal's passing and movement in the opening period and could do nothing to halt the dominance of the home side.
Never gave up and closed down Arsenal players right until the final whistle. Showed some neat touches and played some adventurous passes but was fighting a losing battle in the middle of the park.
Cut a loan figure up front for the Latics and hardly had a kick all day. He was starved of service as his side played second fiddle to the Gunners all over the field.
- J. Shea
- 28 K. Gibbs
- 27 E. Eboué
Brought on to give Cesc Fabregas a rest in the dying seconds.
Given 15 minutes after replacing Samir Nasri. Not given enough time to make an impact but could have a vital role to play in Tuesday night's League Cup semi-final second leg.
- 52 N. Bendtner
Replaced Van Persie with minutes to go.
- 12 M. Pollitt
Brought on to shore up the Wigan defense after the sending off but Arsenal got a third.
- 14 Jordi Gómez
Brought on at half-time to liven up Wigan but failed to get a grip on the game as Arsenal controlled the midfield.
- 38 C. McManaman
- 4 J. McCarthy
F. Di Santo
Also brought on at half-time to give Hugo Rodallega some support, but the striker, who has just returned from injury did not trouble the Arsenal defense.