Wigan Athletic VS Arsenal Match Preview by AH
Arsenal will look to make it three consecutive wins when we face Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium in this Saturdays 12.45 PM kick off. Arsenal performed well against struggling Reading and will hope to continue their return to form against Wigan, who themselves are not doing too well recently.
Despite what people think, Wigan is not an easy game and this was witnessed last season with The Latics beating us 2-1 at the Emirates last season. We did however impress in the corresponding game, running out as 4-0 winners however we cannot afford to underestimate this team. The Latics have gained just four points from the 6 games leaving them in the relegation zone and so they will be looking to grab some points from this game and haul themselves out of the bottom three.
There have been no midweek injures for Arsenal meaning it’s possible that Wenger could name the same starting XI that flourished in the 5-2 win over Reading on Monday. I expect Olivier Giroud to be welcomed back into the team from the start with Alex Oxlade Chamberlain being the player who drops out. There will be changes for Wigan however as key midfielder James McCarthy has sustained an ankle injury.
There for the most likely Arsenal line up is;
Sagna – Mertesacker – Vermaelen – Gibbs
Arteta – Wilshere
Walcott – Giroud – Podolski
Whilst Wigan are likely to line up as follows;
Boyce – Lopez – Stam – Figueroa
Gomez – McArthur – Jones – Beausejour
Kone – Di Santo
They will look to punish and bully our defenders from set pieces, which is never Arsenal’s strong point however composure and good communication should be enough to secure a comfortable defensive display. Arsenal showed signs of this against Reading however the lack of communication between the defenders cost us two very cheap goals and it’s definitely an area we need to look at improving, whether that’s by adding to our squad with players or just spending a bit more time on the training pitch we will have to wait and see.
Based on recent performances, Arsenal should take all three points and I’m predicting a 3-1 win for Arsenal, which will take us into 3rd place, at least until the other Barclay’s Premier League games kick off at 3PM.