Wigan 0 - Arsenal 4
Posted on December 5th, 2011 at 1:22 AM
Back to winning ways today with an impressive win over current bottom of the league side Wigan.
The midweek Carling Cup fixture allowed some of the first XI to have a well deserved rest prior to the match, away games in the Premier League are never simple so it was better to go into it with a fighting fit team.
The only noticeable continued absence at the moment is that of Sagna whose still expected to be out until the New Year at the very least. With Carl Jenkinson injured as well Wenger has moved Koscielny to the right back position where he's been playing very well.
In the opening ten minutes Wigan started the game well and almost took an early lead when a cross from the inside left of the box was just pushed out by Szczesny, it fell to Gomez whose shot was just deflected out of play by Santos.
The home side somewhat faded after this and attacks kept coming from Arsenal, both Gervinho and Walcott found ways in to the box but chances went begging until the 28th minute. Arteta was allowed to dribble the balll forward and unchallenged he let rip from just outside the box to beat the Wigan keeper. It was an unfamiliar kind of goal for Arsenal yet one in a style that we sometimes need to just get ahead when the silky Arsenal style goals aren't happening.
The relegation fighting hosts seemed to lose faith and a Robin Van Persie corner to Vermaelen 1 minute later resulted in a second Arsenal goal. If you were being critical of the Wigan defence then you'd look at them having two players marking Vermaelen yet he still managed to beat both of them in the air to it, just not good enough when your defending against a player whose known for his aerial ability in the box.
The Arsenal attacks continued as Gervinho made a run and found Robin Van Persie whose shot was superbly saved by the Wigan keeper.
A talking point occurred early in the second half as Aaron Ramsey was blatantly pulled down in the box yet Mark Clattenburg decided it was fair play and the game continued. If the final score had been 0-0 then that decision would've most certainly been replayed and criticised over and over.
Wigan woke up a little and had some decent attacking play but it was not enough, on the hour Arsenal ended all hopes of a comeback when Gervinho tucked in a rebounded Van Persie shot to finish off the game. It was now a case of Wigan keeping some pride and not conceding too many.
One name was still missing from the score sheet and in the 78th minute a well squared ball by Theo Walcott in the box gave Robin Van Persie his 14th Premier League goal of the season, game set and match to the delight of the away fans and most probably at least half of you fantasy footballers out there!
It was nice to see how far the team have come in such a short space of time, it wasn't long ago since we looked less than convincing losing away at Blackburn, no signs of that shakiness or the inability to be able to hold the ball today.
It always takes new players a certain amount of time to fit in and moral wise you can see that's now happened. To prove this I wonder if any of you eagle eyed Gunners managed to spot Szczesny singing "We're by far the greatest team the world has ever seen" with the Arsenal fans after the whistle?
There's a long way to go in this season yet and things are starting to look a lot better now, on Tuesday night we'll get to see a somewhat weekend (if you can call it that) Arsenal side in the Champions League away to Olympiacos so that will be an interesting game to see just how much strength we have throughout the squad.
Hopefully this run of form continues and we can keep climbing up the table to ensure we're involved in the Champions League again next season .. #thursdayAreSpursdays!
Written by Dan