Wigan - Arsenal Preview: Second win on the trot could see Gunners jump into third
Arsene Wenger's side could leapfrog Chelsea if results go their way over the weekend, while the injury-hit Latics need at least a point to move out of the relegation zone
By Husmukh Kerai
Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa,
Stam, McCarthy, McCarthur, Beausejour
Gomez, Kone, Di Santo
Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski
Roberto Martinez's Wigan squad has been reduced to its bare bones with no fewer than eight players sidelined.
Irish midfielder James McCarthy (ankle) is likely to miss the match with an injury sustained against Norwich last week, but Latics are hit hardest at the back with Piscu (hamstring) likely to be out for 10 weeks and Antolin Alcaraz (groin) ruled out until the New Year.
Ivan Ramis and Gary Caldwell are both doubts for Saturday's game, so Wigan's three-man backline could feature midfielder David Jones again.
Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has no fresh injury concerns after Monday's win against Reading.
Olivier Giroud (back) could push for a start after his cameo appearance in the 5-2 win, but that position could be reserved for contract rebel Theo Walcott who impressed at the Madjeski.
Andre Santos (stomach) is still struggling, while Abou Diaby (thigh) has been ruled out until after Christmas.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Wigan have only won one of 11 games this season when they have conceded the first goal.
- The Latics have let in at least two goals in their last seven Premier League matches.
- Martinez's side have won only two of their last 18 Premier League games played in the month of December
- Arsenal have scored at least two goals in their last four away matches against Wigan in all competitions.
- The Gunners have only won twice in their last seven games in all competitions.
- Thomas Vermaelen (pictured) has scored in each of his three Premier League appearances against Wigan. He is 9/2 to score anytime with bet365.
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Top 3 Predictions
Wigan Athletic 1-3 Arsenal
- 20.49 %
Wigan Athletic 0-3 Arsenal
- 9.33 %
Wigan Athletic 0-2 Arsenal
- 9.05 %
|England - Premier League (EPL)||May 14, 2013||Arsenal 4 - Wigan Athletic 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Dec 22, 2012||Wigan Athletic 0 - Arsenal 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Apr 16, 2012||Arsenal 1 - Wigan Athletic 2|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Dec 3, 2011||Wigan Athletic 0 - Arsenal 4|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Jan 22, 2011||Arsenal 3 - Wigan Athletic 0|
|Dec 12, 2013||NK Maribor 2 - Wigan Athletic 1||EL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Millwall 2 - Wigan Athletic 1||ENG2|
|Dec 4, 2013||Leeds 2 - Wigan Athletic 0||ENG2|
|Dec 1, 2013||Wigan Athletic 1 - Derby 3||ENG2|
|Nov 28, 2013||Wigan Athletic 1 - SV Zulte-Waregem 2||EL|
|26||Ali Al Habsi||Goalkeeper|
|9||Franco Di Santo||Striker|