Wigan 0 – 1 Arsenal. A gritty win that will be vital at the end of the season by KJ
Today’s game was a very odd match. On paper and on form, it looked like another thrashing was going to be dished out by Arsenal but in the end, we were lucky to get the win. However, it’s well known that winning when you’re playing terribly is what champions are made off.
The game started with us playing quite timidly. Wigan brought the game to us and possession was even at 50 – 50. We didn’t really create any chances of note and our passing seemed to lack the crispness that it had on Monday. I do have to credit to Wigan though who made the first half unbearable at times for our players. They constantly put pressure on any players with the ball and closed down most offensive passing channels. Most of our players were anonymous for that half and there were suspicions that the referee was a Wigan fan.
The second half started a lot better and the Ox (who was Gervinho-esque in the first half) managed at least 3 times to beat his man in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. One eventually lead to a Walcott – Cazorla move that ended up with a penalty to the Gunners. It seemed pretty soft after all the replays but I’m not going to complain. Arteta placed it well and gave us the lead. 0-1.
The game ended with us defending for our lives. Ramsey was brilliant at doubling up with Sagna and making sure that Wigan were forced into long shots. No one will give him credit though as everyone has already stereotyped him. He also ended the game well by dribbling out of the defence and managed to get past a couple of Wigan players before passing to Jack who passed it to Theo on the wings where the whistle was blown. Those little things can change a game. No doubt Ox would’ve tried running it to the by-line himself and may have conceded a final chance to Wigan (which they could’ve scored).
All in all, it was a good result but we played terribly for the majority of the game. I hope we can continue this 3 game winning streak against Newcastle next week.