Arsenal are preparing to face yet another team in the relegation zone today as they travel to Wigan Athletic, but the Gunners will not be expecting the Northeners to just roll over after losing to the Latics at the Emirates last season.
The Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes that this game is always entertaining to watch as both teams like to play attacking football. “Our games against Arsenal are two teams with similar football concepts,” he said.
“We both battle to have control of the football and the games are really open, there are chances. They’re really exciting to watch, especially from a neutral’s point of view.
“We had a great moment in 2010, to be able to come back from 2-0 down, you don’t get that opportunity against Arsenal too many times and it meant a lot that season, it allowed us to achieve our aim.
“Last season going to the Emirates and being able to get our first ever win at Arsenal was a key moment in our season in terms of belief and assurance that we could achieve our aim and Saturday is going to be another incredible event – the last game in 2012 at the DW Stadium.
“It’s been a fantastic year of football at Wigan Athletic and we hope we can give something to the fans to fit the occasion.”
Meanwhile the Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce is aware that it is not going to be easy for his team to avoid another relegation dogfight this season, but still thinks that they can fight for every point even though the squad is decimated by injuries. “It’s Arsenal next for us, and there’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves,” Boyce said.
“People keep saying Wigan Athletic have been in this situation before, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
“We know we have to pick up a result or two – and the quicker the better.
“Teams around us are starting to pick up results and we need to match them if we’re to keep our heads above water.”
“It’s not getting any easier, and the Christmas period is a notoriously difficult time for us,”
“We’ve got so many players out injured, it’s almost laughable.
“But that’s why you have a big squad – every time one player drops out it’s an opportunity for another player to come in and show what he can do.
“We’ve got to stay strong as a squad and as a football club, and we need the fans to stick with us during the difficult times.”
With Wenger having practically no injuries at all, Arsenal should be going into this game in confident mood. Let’s just hope the real Arsenal turn up today…….
Wigan vs. Arsenal will be on Justlivestreaming.com