Monday April 16, 2012 Day 34 Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 1 - 2 Wigan Athletic

  • Vermaelen 21’
  • Di Santo 7’
  • Gómez 8’

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  1. Wigan stun Arsenal to boost survival bid

    Wigan stun Arsenal to boost survival bid

    Wigan Athletic took a huge step towards Premier League survival with a polished 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. More

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    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Wigan Athletic
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    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle! A 2-1 win for Wigan, who were well worth this victory. A superb night for the visiting side.
    • 90+3' McArthur is going to be booked for a late challenge. Arsenal push up the park. Caldwell and Van Persie shouting at each other.
    • 90+2' Arsenal have the goalkick, but seem to have run out of ideas. Wigan have been superb this evening, it must be said.
    • 90+1' Rosicky guilty of hauling back Figueroa. Wenger furious before Al Habsi is booked for wasting time.
    • 89' Going to be five minutes added to this contest.
    • 88' Diame brought down by Santos before Caldwell chips the free-kick down the park.
    • 87' McCarthy and Moses hook the loose ball clear. Arsenal trying for one final chance to snatch an equaliser.
    • 86' A lot of the Wigan fans struggling to watch as Caldwell heads out the cross by Ramsey.
    • 85' If Wigan beat Arsenal, both teams will have the same number of points after 34 Premier League matches as last season.
    • 84' Change for Wigan as Gomez departs to be replaced by Mohamed Diame.
    • 83' Wenger furious after Walcott seemed to be pushed to the deck by Figueroa as he bounded towards the Wigan box.
    • 82' Moses and Sagna fight for a loose ball. Arsenal with the ball deep in their own territory.
    • 81' Wigan keeping the ball superbly well in a tight spot. Arsenal regroup and go again for this equaliser, but Van Persie knocks a volley over the bar under pressure.
    • 80' Sammon appeals for a handball against Vermaelen in his own area.
    • 79' The 200 or so Wigan fans trying to encourage their side to see this one over the line. So close now to a 2-1 win.
    • 78' Arsenal have scored in the final four minutes in four of their last five Premier League home matches, including the last three.
    • 77' Wenger is waving his arms on that touchline. He is not happy with the goings on.
    • 76' A lot of Wigan fans wishing the clock to run down here. Sammon wins a free-kick from Oxlade-Chamberlain.
    • 75' A frantic scramble in that Wigan box. Al Habsi threw a hand at the loose ball and missed it, but Wigan scramble the loose ball clear.
    • 74' Di Santo departs to be replaced by Sammon. Fresh legs for the visiting side.
    • 73' Caldwell heads out the cross by Sagna. Di Santo continues to work back to close down the run of Santos.
    • 72' Gomez and Ramsey collide before Djourou departs to be replaced by Oxlade-Chamerlain.
    • 71' Wigan seem to have weathered the storm. Di Santo trying to close down space as much as possible. Has been a spirited effort by the visitors.
    • 70' Song is going to be booked for a late tackle on McCarthy.
    • 69' Arsenal went through the middle of the visiting side for the first time this evening with Van Persie looking dangerous, but Wigan have largely forced the home side to go wide.
    • 68' Wigan break up the park. Another stunning break by the visiting side. Moses with a ball to the back post, but Gomez hammers a volley well over the bar.
    • 67' Another free-kick for Wigan, who are inching slowly towards the winning line. Di Santo is caught offside.
    • 66' Boyce and Gervinho battle for the ball. Wigan regain the ball before Song fells Figueroa.
    • 65' Sagna clips the ball to the back post, but Van Persie can't get the header on target. Over the bar. A goalkick to the home side.
    • 64' Arsenal can still win a Premier League match after trailing for the seventh time this season. That would equal their club record set in the 1999/2000 season. Only Newcastle United in the 2001/2002 season had more comebacks to win (10 in 2001/2002).
    • 63' Beausejour swings in the corner. Headed over by Gomez from 12 yards out.
    • 62' Di Santo returns and is almost on the end of a loose ball with Gomez in there too. Wigan back on the attack here.
    • 61' Di Santo off the park needing treatment for a head injury. Offside flag goes up against Gervinho.
    • 60' Sagna and Di Santo collide in the air. Clash of heads. A delay in the action here.
    • 59' Gervinho takes over from Benayoun for the home side.
    • 58' Caldwell has been booked. Not sure what that booking is for.
    • 57' Golden chance for Moses! Goes for goal early, but straight at Szczesny from 25 yards. Should have taken the ball on.
    • 56' Santos prods the ball wide of goal from Van Persie's cross. Wigan caught wide open there. Should have been 2-2.
    • 55' Vermaelen heads over in a crowded box from Van Persie's corner.
    • 54' Benayoun sees a shot deflected wide of goal. Arsenal have a corner.
    • 53' Moses smashes a shot at goal. Saved by Szczesny. Fine save after Moses had outmuscled Sagna. Wigna continue to seek a third goal.
    • 52' Van Persie about to dink the ball into the middle, but the referee says he carried the ball out of play. A goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 51' Gomez brings down Santos. Wigan with the ball deep in their own half before Arsenal pick up.
    • 50' Wigan can win four of their last five Premier League matches for the first time since winning four consecutive league matches in Dec 2008 – Jan 2009.
    • 49' Benayon tries to dart into the Wigan box, but Al Habsi is quickly off his line to gather the loose ball.
    • 48' Moses on the charge for Wigan, but Djourou is well positioned to make the intervention.
    • 47' Santos drives in a shot. Van Persie almost in the for the rebound. Gunners on the front foot. Cries of "Arsenal, Arsenal" ring out.
    • 46' What a cracking first half of football. Let us hope for more in the second period. Wigan get us underway.
    • 45+3' Gomez wallops a shot over the bar from 25 yards out. There goes the whistle for the break. A 2-1 lead for Wigan. Great half for the small posse of visiting fans.
    • 45+1' Benayoun heads into the area, but Al Habsi is out quickly to collect the ball.
    • 44' Three minutes to be added to the half.
    • 43' Jordi Gómez is now the outright club top scorer for Wigan with five Premier League goals this season. The record for fewest goals for a Wigan season top scorer in the Premier League was set in 2007/08, when Marcus Bent scored seven goals for the club in the league.
    • 42' Van Persie rattles an effort at goal from 25 yards out. Ball flies well over the bar. We remain at 2-1 in favour of Wigan.
    • 41' Wigan trying to get themselves to the break 2-1 up as Rosicky is taken out of the game late by Figueroa.
    • 40' Boyce penalised for a high boot in the home box. Wigan with five men in the home area. Wigan really going for this whenever they are on the ball.
    • 39' The last time Arsenal won a Premier League match after trailing by two goals was this February, when they beat Spurs 5-2.
    • 38' Handball against Djourou. Di Santo working back to close down the space.
    • 37' Wigan continue to fire into the tackles. The visitors going for this and then some. Di Santo sees a cross cleared by Djourou. Lovely move by Wigan. Arsenal survive.
    • 36' Gomez is fouled out wide as the visiting side win a free-kick in the home half. Wigan then content to go backwards to keep the ball.
    • 35' Superb little run by Rosicky. Dinks the ball into the middle, but the attempted cross flies over the bar.
    • 34' McCarthy is penalised for a late tackle on Ramsey. Wigan continue to display real energy.
    • 33' Sagna has been booked for that challenge. Wenger is feeling a bit frustrated at the side of the park. He is none too happy.
    • 32' Moses is taken out of the game late by Sagna. A free-kick for the visiting side around the halfway line.
    • 31' Boyce forced to make another fine tackle to win the ball from Van Persie. Santos cuts a shot wide of goal seconds later. The home side with plenty of bodies in the Wigan half.
    • 30' Benayoun tries to combine with Walcott. Arsenal playing in front of Wigan at the moment.
    • 29' Arsene Wenger well wrapped up this evening with long quilted coat on. He must be happier with what is going on now.
    • 28' McCarthy works hard to close down Rosicky. Solid play by the midfielder to earn his side a goalkick.
    • 27' Di Santo caught offside from the pass by Moses.
    • 26' Thomas Vermaelen has scored his sixth Premier League goal of the season. This was already the most by a defender this league season. Last season, Brede Hangeland and Robert Huth were top scorers for defenders with six goals each.
    • 25' Van Persie plays in Rosicky, who lifts the ball over the bar from inside the box. McCarthy loses the ball in the middle of the park. Wigan almost punished.
    • 24' McCarthy on the deck needing a spot of treatment. Martinez trying to encourage his side to get up the park.
    • 23' Djourou is inches wide with a volley. Arsenal so close to a leveller. Wigan now scrambling for dear life.
    • 22' Al Habsi forced to nudge the ball over the bar from distance. Another timely save from Van Persie's drive.
    • 21' Lovely delivery from Rosicky for the goal. Wigan being pinned back deep in their own half.
    • 20' GOAL! Vermaelen powers home a header from 12 yards. No chance for Al Habsi and suddenly Arsenal are right back in this game. Wigan lead 2-1 now.
    • 19' This is the second time Wigan scores twice in the first eight minutes of a Premier League match. In October 2006, Emile Heskey and an own goal of Richard Dunne were scored in the first four minutes against Manchester City (4-0 result).
    • 18' Wigan content to sit deep and hit on the break. Smart play so far. The game plan is working like a treat here.
    • 17' Santos sees a shot blocked by Alcaraz, who was alive to the danger there. Real urgency in his movement.
    • 16' Arsenal slowly starting to find their gait after that early opening. Moses tries a shot from 50 yards, but charged down. Wigan working so hard here.
    • 15' Al Habsi swats the ball over the bar from Benayoun's header. Magnificent stop by the keeper. Lovely ball into the area by Rosicky.
    • 14' Boyce back to make a superb sliding tackle on Van Persie. Excellent tackle by Boyce there.
    • 13' This is the second time Wigan have scored twice at Arsenal in the Premier League. The previous time was in a 4-2 defeat in May 2006.
    • 12' Wigan look in the mood here to add a third goal. Arsenal all over the place at the moment. Wigan would be only a point behind 15th placed Aston Villa with three points here.
    • 11' Lovely play by Moses in the build-up to the second goal. Di Santo sees a shot deflect wide of goal. Brilliant start here by Wigan.
    • 10' Arteta has departed the action to be replaced by Ramsey for the home side. An injury to Arteta.
    • 9' GOAL! Jordi Gomez scores a second. Would you believe this? Another nice move. Szczesny can't hold the initial effort and the Wigan midfielder prods home the second. A 2-0 lead for Wigan.
    • 8' GOAL! Di Santo scores for Wigan. Brilliant break and the visiting side have the lead. Szczesny saved the initial effort but it looped up for Di Santo to score from close range.
    • 7' Sagna's cross is headed at goal by Benayoun, but Al Habsi nudges it over the bar. That Wigan defence caught ball-watching there.
    • 6' Arteta seems to be limping. Off the park needing a sport of treatment as Arsenal get on the ball again with some relish. Wigan being pressed back.
    • 5' Arteta smacks the ball straight into the wall before Van Persie takes out Di Santo with a late challenge. Cynical tackle there by the Dutch player.
    • 4' Rosicky goes down under pressure from McCarthy. 25 yards from goal. Free-kick chance here for Arteta.
    • 3' Arsenal keeping the ball in the early moments before Vermaelen rattles a shot wide of goal. Worth a bash from distance.
    • 3' Arsenal keeping the ball in the early moments before Vermaelen rattles a shot wide of goal. Worth a bash from distance.
    • 2' Caldwell knocks the ball of Van Persie as Wigan win a throw-in deep in their own half.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one.
    • 19.55 Teams on their way out. Arsenal in traditional red and white, Wigan in blue. Almost ready to go here.
    • 19.50 Arsenal have a line-up which is on average 27 years and 161 days old. The last time Arsenal had an average age older than today in the Premier League is more than six years ago, when they drew 0-0 versus Manchester United in January 2006 (28 years and 16 days).
    • 19.45 Here is how Arsene Wenger completed a 4-0 win over Wigan in December. RVP nets as Arsenal beat Wigan
    • 19.40 Wigan have lost all six Premier League meetings at Arsenal. If Arsenal beat Wigan again, they are the second team to beat them in seven matches following Manchester United.
    • 19.35 Arsenal have won all nine matches at home to Wigan in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last six.
    • 19.30 MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 2/7, Wigan Athletic 11/1, Draw 21/4
    • 19.25 Arsenal have scored 19 goals in their last six league meetings with Wigan (3.16 per game).
    • 19.20 Shaun Maloney is not in the Wigan squad due to a minor knock in training. Tomas Rosicky replaces Aaron Ramsey in the home side's line-up while Kieran Gibbs is on the bench.
    • 19.15 Roberto Maritnez: "Probably this is an even tougher task (then beating Manchester United at home). We are going away from home and playing against a side who have been as successful as ever at home. If you look at the last few performances they have been untouchable in the way they are playing their football, controlling games and scoring goals. But we know that if we are at our best, we can be competitive against anyone."
    • 19.10 Arsene Wenger: "That is the impression they got out of the Chelsea game because they played well and showed it again against Manchester United. Victor Moses is a threat. They are solid at the back now with three centre-backs and two protective midfielders. Overall I believe it is a team which is well balanced. Any team who fights not to go down finds some momentum. Every year they find it just before they are out of the league."
    • 19.05 TEAMS: Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Djourou, Santos, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Benayoun, Walcott, Van Persie..subs: Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Squillaci, Gervinho, Gibbs, Chamakh////Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Moses, Di Santo, Gomez..subs: Pollitt, Watson, McManaman, Sammon, Jones, Diame, Stam
    • 19.00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Arsenal against Wigan from the Emirates Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 68' Wigan break up the park. Another stunning break by the visiting side. Moses with a ball to the back post, but Gomez hammers a volley well over the bar.
    • 57' Golden chance for Moses! Goes for goal early, but straight at Szczesny from 25 yards. Should have taken the ball on.
    • 56' Santos prods the ball wide of goal from Van Persie's cross. Wigan caught wide open there. Should have been 2-2.
    • 55' Vermaelen heads over in a crowded box from Van Persie's corner.
    • 47' Santos drives in a shot. Van Persie almost in the for the rebound. Gunners on the front foot. Cries of "Arsenal, Arsenal" ring out.
    • 37' Wigan continue to fire into the tackles. The visitors going for this and then some. Di Santo sees a cross cleared by Djourou. Lovely move by Wigan. Arsenal survive.
    • 25' Van Persie plays in Rosicky, who lifts the ball over the bar from inside the box. McCarthy loses the ball in the middle of the park. Wigan almost punished.
    • 23' Djourou is inches wide with a volley. Arsenal so close to a leveller. Wigan now scrambling for dear life.
    • 22' Al Habsi forced to nudge the ball over the bar from distance. Another timely save from Van Persie's drive.
    • 20' GOAL! Vermaelen powers home a header from 12 yards. No chance for Al Habsi and suddenly Arsenal are right back in this game. Wigan lead 2-1 now.
    • 15' Al Habsi swats the ball over the bar from Benayoun's header. Magnificent stop by the keeper. Lovely ball into the area by Rosicky.
    • 11' Lovely play by Moses in the build-up to the second goal. Di Santo sees a shot deflect wide of goal. Brilliant start here by Wigan.
    • 9' GOAL! Jordi Gomez scores a second. Would you believe this? Another nice move. Szczesny can't hold the initial effort and the Wigan midfielder prods home the second. A 2-0 lead for Wigan.
    • 8' GOAL! Di Santo scores for Wigan. Brilliant break and the visiting side have the lead. Szczesny saved the initial effort but it looped up for Di Santo to score from close range.
    • 7' Sagna's cross is headed at goal by Benayoun, but Al Habsi nudges it over the bar. That Wigan defence caught ball-watching there.
    • 19.05 TEAMS: Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Djourou, Santos, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Benayoun, Walcott, Van Persie..subs: Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Squillaci, Gervinho, Gibbs, Chamakh////Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Moses, Di Santo, Gomez..subs: Pollitt, Watson, McManaman, Sammon, Jones, Diame, Stam

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5 6
      Defenders
      Yellow Card 4.9 6
      Substitution Out74′ 4.6 5
      Goal 6.3 7
      4.7 6
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 5.6 6
      Substitution Out9′ 5.1 5
      5 6
      5.9 7
      Substitution Out61′ 5.4 6
      Strikers
      6.2 6
      Subs
      Substitution In9′ 4.2 6
      Substitution In61′ 4.5 5
      Substitution In74′ 5.9 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      Yellow Card 7.3 7
      Defenders
      6.3 8
      Yellow Card 6.6 8
      6.5 8
      Midfielders
      6.7 7
      Yellow Card 6.3 7
      6.2 7
      6.5 7
      Strikers
      7 8
      Goal Substitution Out86′ 6.9 8
      Goal Substitution Out76′ 7.1 8
      Subs
      Substitution In86′ 5.8 6
      Substitution In76′ 6.5 7

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  1. testing once again..

    From sportstesting5, on Tue 17 Apr 9:28
  2. Van Persie what were you doing? cant you score? i even­ added you to my fantasy team.

    From Sony Jose, on Tue 17 Apr 9:23
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