Wigan vs Arsenal Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on December 21, 2012

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Arsenal travel to the DW Stadium on Saturday lunch-time to take on Wigan Athletic looking to climb into the top three in the Premier League.

After a disappointing few weeks, we’ve hit a bit of decent form in recent games (Bradford aside!) and back-to-back wins over West Brom and Reading have seen us move up to fifth in the table and just two points off third-placed Chelsea. So if we can make it three wins from three this weekend them we’ll leap-frog our London rivals into third.

We have a great chance to do so as Wigan are in poor form of late. Roberto Martinez’s side have won just one of their last seven games in the league – a run that’s seen them fall into the relegation zone – so we should be favourites heading into this one.

Team News

Arsenal have no fresh injury worries for this weekend. Andre Santos is still out with a stomach injury, while the enigma that is Abou Diaby is also still out with a thigh strain.

I’m hoping Arsene Wenger starts with the same side that beat Reading 5-2 on Monday. The front-three of Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain worked well and had a great blend of pace, movement and of course goals. I see no need to change things for the Wigan game although Olivier Giroud will be pushing for a start.

Wigan picked up a couple of injuries during last weeks 2-1 defeat to Norwich. Defender Adrian Lopez is out for up to 10 weeks with a hamstring tear which means Gary Caldwell is likely to place in the heart of defence.

Midfielder James McCarthy also picked up a knock but is expected to be fit but Ben Watson, Ryo Miyaichi and Albert Crusat are all out with long-term injuries.

Likely Line-ups

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Predictions

Arsenal have a good record against Wigan, winning four and losing just one of our last seven visits to the DW Stadium. The Latics always seem to raise their game when the big-boys come to town though, so we know we’ll be in for a tough game. If the lads play like they did in the first half against Reading, we should win this conformably and I’m backing the Gunners to win this one 2-0. Wigan 0-2 Arsenal.

What would your line up be and what’s your score prediction for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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29 Comments

  1. foster

    December 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    arsenal will win by two goals to one.

  2. easy

    December 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Arsenal 4 wigan 1

  3. Pedrogooner

    December 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I’m going for 4-1 😉

  4. stanley nnolim

    December 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Arsenal will win by 3 goals to 1 -in favor of arsenal

  5. stanley nnolim

    December 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Arsenal will win by 3 goals to 1 in favor of arsenal

  6. SMELLA

    December 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    3 -1 to arsenal. We just can’t afford a loss. Top 4 z looming even wenger knows ths. Ths z da tym wen arsenals begin to pick their top form. We are different frm liverpool, we r nt used to be found out side top 4 in dis period of the season.

  7. Daririe

    December 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Arsenal will win by 4-0

  8. T2T

    December 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I cannot see us keeping a clean sheet. However, I do think we have a couple of goals in us as well, 3-1 to The Arsenal.

  9. buchi ohaegbu

    December 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    my arsenal is to win by 3 goal to 1 up gunners

  10. Jamiu

    December 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Arsenal wil win at list 5 goals to nothing as arsenal needs.

  11. richard

    December 22, 2012 at 12:06 am

    all you people taught football is mathematics wenger prepare to cry.

    • Samedoo

      December 22, 2012 at 7:26 am

      @richard wenger shud prepare to do what? Hahaha maybe u’re jst a gunner hater nd 4 ur own information my gunners is going to crush wigan by 4-1. Take note!

  12. thosyem

    December 22, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Arsenal going to win wit 5 0 in favour of gunners

  13. Ry

    December 22, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Hope AW saw that Walcott was the mean man ,because of his pace teams stay deep in there half which give our mid feild space to work (.gunners for life )

  14. Indonesia-Arsenal

    December 22, 2012 at 2:23 am

    If Arsenal can play just like they played against Reading, i think 3-1 for Arsenal is at least.

  15. Tonero

    December 22, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Arsenal is winning by 5 goals to noting.up gunners.

  16. darmat

    December 22, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Less than a win is hungup.4.0 for arsenal.t

  17. darmat

    December 22, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Less than a win is hungup.4.0 for arsenal.

  18. alex

    December 22, 2012 at 4:23 am

    too much faith on a player who doesn’t want to committe his future to the cub (theo),I would play him front bench instead I would use Giroud since he is the man who wants to die in the pitch for us fas.

  19. alex

    December 22, 2012 at 4:25 am

    3 1 for gunners

  20. Tnair14

    December 22, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Well we could win by 6-3……..
    As per my Knowledge..

  21. sylas

    December 22, 2012 at 4:51 am

    arsenal has to raise its game,2:1for arsenal.

  22. toye

    December 22, 2012 at 5:17 am

    I pray he does not with reamsey I predict 6-1 in the favor of arsenal. He should start with the same team he used against reading. And Rosisky be the first sub not Ramsey . Wenger should just and forget Ramsey he is not arsenal type. He should loan him out cos no team will buy him

  23. Samtex

    December 22, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Please make Theo sign new contact by january & i see Arsenal make it 3:1.

  24. Young

    December 22, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Arsenal will win by 3-1

  25. Suraju

    December 22, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Arsena will win 6 goals to o against wigan.

  26. Powell T.Longjohn

    December 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

    arsenl 5 – wigan 0

  27. samy

    December 22, 2012 at 7:41 am

    keep same line up but keep Ramsey away frm the team. He is not a winger n cant cut defences as a midfielder-like arteta,wilshere ,carzola or roscky. 3-1 fr arsenal.keep walcot at ars. why do we sel our top scorer each tyme. or cant we say no to anyone who wants to buy our players?

  28. Nyamwasa joseph

    December 22, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Arsenal f.c 4-0 wigan

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