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  • December 22, 2012
  • • 12:45
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: J. Moss
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN
Reading
Al-Habsi
Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa,
Stam, McCarthy, McCarthur, Beausejour
Gomez, Kone, Di Santo

ARSENAL

  Arsenal FC
Szczesny
Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Arteta, Wilshere
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski
Walcott

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.

 

 

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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
-James McArthurMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
-Román GolobartDefender
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
20Fraser FyvieMidfielder
15Callum McManamanStriker
-Mauro BoselliStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
27GervinhoStriker
Players to Watch
Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The striker arrived from Levante in the summer and has bedded in nicely at his new club, quickly notching four Premier League goals. However, the Ivory Coast international's form has dried up in recent weeks, with no return in his last six Premier League outings, so he is due a performance.
Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 1 0
Expect the little Spaniard to play a starring role in the match at the DW Stadium. His hat-trick on Monday took his goal tally to seven for the season, making him the Gunners' top marksman in the league. While he isn't a certainty to be on the scoresheet, Cazorla will invariably pull the strings for Wenger's side at Wigan.
Prediction
Two weeks ago you could perhaps expect an in-form Wigan to turn the fragile Arsenal over at home, but with the Gunners' confidence-boosting win at Reading combined Martinez's growing injury problems, it's hard to see past an away win. However, despite boasting one of the league's tightest defensive records, the Gunners are always vulnerable to conceding a sloppy goal through slack concentration.
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