Wigan vs. Arsenal review – Arteta helps Arsenal scrape three points

Arsene Wenger, unsurprisingly, stuck with the same Arsenal side that did so well away to Reading in midweek. Roberto Martinez had to face the pace and skill of Arsenal without his Wigan defenders Caldwell, Alcaraz and Ramis. The weather and wet pitch should be perfect for a fast and exciting game. The bad news for Arsenal was that Giroud was not on the bench so Gervinho was our only attacking option.

Arsenal were trying to zip the ball around and Wigan were working hard to press and harry the Gunners. Oxlade-Chamberlain had a decent chance but his shot was saved, and Wigan began to look forwards more after about 20 minutes. Arsenal were struggling to get Walcott involved in the game much as they were not dominating possession as usual. Kone had a good chance after getting behind the Arsenal defenders but could only slide the ball wide.

As the half wore on, Arsenal were being outworked by Wigan. Wilshere was trying, but picked up a booking for what seemed like a good tackle. He was then taken out by a flying knee but there is no free kick, never mind a card. Wenger needed to gee up the players at half time or risk dropping more points.

There waqs no change to the formation in the second half, so Wenger needed his players to step up. The Ox was keen and his second run down the right nearly led to a goal but Walcott’s shot was smothered. A free kick in a great position was fired straight into the wall by Podolski, but Arsenal seemed to be more fired up.

Walcott was not having a big influence, but was tring, and when he chased down an overhit cross by Gibbs he was dundled over for a penalty which Arteta made no mistake slotting away. The commentators called it a soft penalty, but defenders cannot bundle into players from behind, it was clear.

With about 20 minutes to go Wigan had two good chances to level, but Szczesney was up to it. Jones whistled a fierce shot just wide, and it looked like Arsenal would need another to make sure of the points. The Ox, arguably our best player, was replaced by Ramsey on 75 minutes, maybe to shore up the midfield a bit, maybe just for fresh legs.

Ramsey and Coquelin were invaluable keeping Wigan out in the late stages. It was far from flowing and certainly n

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75 thoughts on “Wigan vs. Arsenal review – Arteta helps Arsenal scrape three points

  1. o_0

    We really should have scored a goal in normal time, other than a penalty… It shows we need Ba or Huntelaar. Both are very cheap. And a DM. Also a creative winger if possible…

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  2. aggowaggo

    Bad game from us but we got 3 important points, my best birthday gift! COYG!!!

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  3. Moses

    Showed a lot of resilience to hold on and win a tough one on the road against a Wigan team who pressed the ball hard, and were very tough in the tackle.

    Chamberlain in particular looked very sharp, great game from hi, and some good battling from Wilshere too.

    End of the day, it’s 3 points earned, well done boys.

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  4. Ofir

    That was plain horrible.
    It wouldn’t be that bad if I didn’t remember AFC sides that would’ve routinely crashed today’s Wigan 5:0.

    Bad football, bad tactics, bad decision making. Unless some radical changes take place, we’re heading nowhere fast.

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  5. argy

    Bad game guys! Only chambo in the second half, and jack. Theo is not stronger enough to be a lonely no 9. And Merte is not playing well, put kosc again with vermy taht is improving his game again.

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  6. Gunners' first lady

    who removes the best player on the pitch when his team is just a goal up and desperately needing aa second to kill the game up?….yeap u guessed it! is it just mee or have teams perfected the art of frustating arsenal’s style of play wt so much ease? we need fresher tactics and methods wenger!!! teams have caught wt us

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  7. jrichy

    its good to see us scraping a win, you look at the manchester clubs and they always seem to win in a scrappy fashion when it matters, and its a bit of a test of character!! coquelin looked promising but we need another defensive midfielder and another attacking option (demba ba would be my choice)and then i do really believe we have a strong squad to kick on from! podolski should be played through the middle in my opinion as well.

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  8. Craig Taylor

    Szczesny was my MOTM. He was tested every 20 min until the last 10 minutes, and he did very well. The Ox and Coquelin were good as well. If Wigan didint have injury problems they probably would have won. We were lucky, hopefully a better performance next week. But which top team dont scrape wins every now and again?

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  9. JOHNARSENAL4LIFE

    im glad we snatched all 3points tonight..but stressed to see Arsenal being bullied almost throughout the game by bottom 3 club Wigan..thanks to great saves by Szcesny and Mertesacker we get cleansheet

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  10. jamaican goonerr

    If they had given us a 1-0 win b4 the game I wwud have taken dat ,if we can play not as fluent as we can play an still win I’m satisfied, the pitch wwas wet and that affected our passing game …3 wins in a row let’s keep it going

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  11. sollygunner

    a win is a win ,,, all good ,,,, the teams at the top at the end of the season are those who among other things scrape wins when there not performing that well ,,,, on another note if ramsey is now our sub right wing am i right in thinking we must be about to buy a winger in jan ??? i f”cking hope so coyg lets keep this going !!!

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  12. o_0

    Thumbs UP if you are happy with the result.
    Thumbs DOWN if you are unhappy with the result.

    I’m curious because I’ve heard lots of varying opinions.

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  13. Briano

    Not a great performance but 3 points in the bag.Conditions not great.Maybe lucky to get away with Gibbs handball but i thought we deserved the win.

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  14. landi

    Nice to get 3 points, but wigan played great actually and gave all their effort.
    Still get som new players in !

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  15. artillery1

    Not a good performance, All teams are not reading!

    but 3 points are important!

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  16. vyash

    wigan played well but our defense was good
    scesny and the defense did well after the goal
    now we must finish 3rd after full sesaon and may win the cl if new players come

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  17. Mohamed

    Very important 3 points keep the pressure on spuds did anyone feel that cazorla and pod went missing again not sure about Walcott as a target man don’t feel he has much presence in the box

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  18. abel

    #Arsenal play ugly and win 1-0: “Awful football, very lucky.” Manchester United play ugly and win 1-0: “The stuff of Champions, brilliant.”

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  19. tyno

    A team went out there and got all three points plust a clean sheet. We criticize them instead of encouraging them. COYG

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  20. Malik

    oh thank u miss lady luck, get us 6 points more until january and lets hope arsene the tactician makes some signings

    COYG

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  21. abel

    Wilshere got booked for the best tackle u will see all season. So (⌣́_⌣̀)!

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  22. Vincentcom odeke

    what happens to AW sometimes?like he doesnt
    know how to read the game!!!how do you remove the best player in the game and hurry with your unfit and laxy Ramsey??That’s not being serious,perhaps AW needs more pressure got when he loses.And what is wrong with Arsenal,I didn’t see any midfield today.players looked so relaxed except wilsher,the only man who was after the ball all the time.

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  23. hg

    Ramsey actually did quite well when he ame on. did well getting back as we didn’t seem to have 1 attack when he came on.

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  24. caribbean

    Stop complaining pple…Man u wins like that whole season…What is the issue…it was tough,wigan was physical,conditions noy suited for passing football…i will take that any day..long live Arsenal!!!

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  25. Gunnerineverylife

    At the end of the day 3 points is all that matters,refs seem to be favouring us this season,getting benefit of Gazidis joining F.A.?

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  26. Malik

    diame-powerful midfielder in the EPL- 4m release clause

    muniain-creative winger, tore man u to shreds- cost 10m

    ba-stated his desire to come to arsenal-cost 7.5m and amongst top scorers in the league

    around 20m and arsenal can compete with bayern, come on arsene!

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  27. Malik

    need to defend like that vs bayern plus play gibbs on the wing with vermaelen at LB cause the boy’s crosses, passes and skills are quality, LOVE KIERAN GIBBS

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  28. trini

    I’m happy with the win. This was the type of game we lost in past seasons. People need to realize the aim is points not scoring 5 goals every game. It feels at times unless we score 3,4,5 goals people complain even if we win. At the end of the season its points that matter.

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  29. Gunnerineverylife

    @gunner4life Best wrestlers would suit more rather than the best defenders.

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  30. Mallu Gooner

    Only average performance. If we had lost or drawn the game…there wasn’t anybody to blame today,not even Wegner. but luckily we scrapped the win.

    I may get lots of thumbs down for saying this…Wilshere was good in the midfield but he is trying too much flicks and most of them are not coming off too well. I hope he corrects that in future.

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  31. s is the name

    come on guys!!We are 3rd !!now just pray that spuds dont win.I have full confidence on stoke’s defence.

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  32. Liam-Jenko

    A tough game, good 3 points!

    Man Utd are 12 points ahead with a game in hand but on 5 more on goal difference so it proves that man utd dont always win convincingly i could name quite a few games which theyve only just scraped but they’re top, you get games like these most important we got the 3 points and currently in third!

    A few quality Signings in January then you never know!
    COYG!!!!

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  33. Gunnerineverylife

    @gunner4life yeah Tony Pulis has organised them very well,just look at their set pieces,I feel Wenger lacks that organising ability or maybe he just wants his players to use their own brain

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  34. mdu in Durban

    3 points is in the bag that is the main thing as for performance I don’t care that much

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  35. gunner4life

    @Gunnerineverylife
    Spot on. Our weakness over the years has been defending set pieces. Remember how Bradford scored? Set piece. Stoke are masters at defending them. Another thing i want to point out is that whenever we are off the ball we don’t press our opposition. Wigan did that against us in the 1st half and we struggled we need to start doing that instead of letting our opponents have tons of space.

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  36. Hass

    If the penalty is taken out of that game and we drew 0-0 same people would be saying how bad we played and what needs to be done.

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  37. gunner4life

    @Hass
    I know right. People tend to forget that when a team plays badly and gets three points it’s a sign of champions. ManU play badly tons of times and yet they are still getting three points i don’t see their fans complain.

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  38. George

    I totally agree with you Malik. Diame would be a good buy for the mean time up until summer if for example we can not get capoue/mvilla.

    Munain of Athletic Bilbao would be a major coup at just 10 million (I expected him to be more) as he can play either wing, and CAM.

    Ba/Huntellar, well I am not sure anymore, Walcott seems to be the future Arsenal Striker, but if Chamakh goes then why not get one?

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  39. alex

    just goes to show that Walcott will not be good down the centre. Walcott is the type of player that needs space, thats why it is better to deploy him on the wing. Where is there more space. Let Giroud and his physicality boss the centre and attract defenders, that way Walcott has more freedom on the wing.

    After all most of his goals have been from cutting in from the wing to the centre. I don’t know why he wants to go down the middle so badly.

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  40. Hass

    I wouldn’t have mind if we scored from open play and then won 1-0, but because its the penalty it showed our finishing or play in the open was not good enough. If we keep playing like this we won’t win anything. Performance needs to be consistent.

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  41. Rob

    Arsene Wenger has come out and praised Walcott’s performances lately down the middle. Hmmm, wonder what that means? New contract, refused contract, being sold?

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  42. Arson Winger

    Glad we faced Reading at the right time.

    $hitty isn’t getting anywhere..20 minutes to go.

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  43. CW

    Another 3 points in the bag. A win is a win and there are 2 things a win does to s team, first and most important, it pushes a team up the table and second, it iincreases a teams confidence level.3 win from 3 shows a lot of improvement especially when you are expecting to add new players to the team. It gives them hope and confidence of immediate success.

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  44. philthompsonsnose

    The only thing that mattered today was the 3 points!!
    The Ox, Wilshere, Arteta, Gibbs, Vermalen showed up today and gave their all..a really hard battle where Wigan used dirty handed tricks to upset our rhythm..fair play to our boys for taking it..
    Walcott struggled and needed help and we missed another forward..however he won the pen which is what a good striker can do…
    So AW needs to seriously think about adding one in January..

    We also need to keep this momemtum going and add a couple of players instead of suffering a second half to the season where we lose key players and lose points to teams we should be beating!!
    Anyway, Let’s all hope we get these 2 exceptional players in January and solidify a top 4 spot!!!

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  45. gunnerscott

    man Utd win in cheap ways all the time, a win is a win, If you go on the road, play in wet conditions, against a team that is not trying to win, but tie, and come away with a win, plus several chances, I take it and move on, the difference is earlier in the yr we were loosing this way, our defense played very gritty, I loved it. Also, I never saw the hype of Jack Wilshire, my bad, this guy is special! Now w a long contract, i can actually buy a kit w his name on it… Hey Walcott, I like ya man, but go! You arent that special son, just ask Song, Cesc…

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  46. Shah93

    Keep Walcott, he’s still very young and has time to develop as a better striker or winger! Buy Zaha and either put podolski at forward or buy Robert Lewandowski! He’s a great young forward primed for success. We don’t need adequate strikers who only have 2 years left in them like Ba or Huntelaar. Cavani would be a dream signing, I’d be so happy lol

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  47. MAX POWER

    Good win but still not good enough, Arsenal can consider themselves lucky today. Mr Wrenger and the Arsenal board will sell Walcott in January. They will look and see if they are in the top six after the Christmas games, if they are they will not buy anyone they will sit thight. Big dividends all round for the the board in January and two fingers to the Fans again.

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  48. Adam

    Hi Great result that keeps us moving up the table. Above spurs now and that always feels more natural. A few more signings in January and we will be a much stronger force. An interesting point to note is that the odds of David Beckham signing for Arsenal have fallen sharply from 50/1 down to 7/2 overnight? Maybe someone knows something that we do not.

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  49. Benji

    Does no one realise it was really crappy conditions and we have just played a game the way that Man U do we got a result on a bad day, as much as I hate them that’s what makes them good, we can be happy with three points today well done lads

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  50. Goonertron

    Even though Theo got the penalty, the guy has to play winger, its where he is good player in the centre he looks like amateur. I reckon try Podolski in the middle with Theo and OX eitherside.

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  51. saras

    iam not conviced by our play standerd .. arsenal hae to be a wining team without cheep penalts like the last (three) wbm and now.. we need to win but not penalitally… buy some strikers MR WENGER…

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  52. Salman

    what happens to these mediocre teams against us??! they go into barca mode! wigan played really really well and against any top 4 team they could have gotten the victory but not against us!

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  53. globalsafeaus

    Get out of the clouds guys. It was a lucky win and not even a deserved one. This form against a team which can use their options would have meant a loss.

    As Wigan was playing aggressively, I have seen lots of 50 50 is lost against them, basically hardly any real creativity – apart from Ox – and the usual not good enough finishing.

    A team like BM will tear us apart if we play like this. Last wee and this week we played against maybe the two weakest team in the PL. Last week convincing, this week very unconvincing. I would love to say that we were great and bring on anyone, but it is very far from it. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde this team.

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