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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Arsenal win to relegate FA Cup winners Wigan

Newcastle. That's all that stands in the way between Arsenal and a 16th successive Champions League place next season following Arsenal's win against Wigan. We'd seen time and time again what the Gunners could do on the counter attack this season and we witnessed a ruthless display once more as a Podolski double and strikes from Walcott and Ramsey saw off the challenge of the FA Cup winners on Tuesday night. It was just what was needed with there being only 90 minutes of the season left with still all to play for. Arsenal made just one change to the side that beat QPR as Gibbs replaced Monreal. Meanwhile Fabianski returned from injury and was amongst the subs.

Santi Cazorla was the star of the show as he set up all 4 of Arsenal's goals
Arsenal first goal was typical of the way Wigan had defended this season. In the FA Cup final they were very resolute and solid but their defence left Podolski unmarked as he headed home Cazorla's corner on 11 minutes.

It had been all Arsenal right up until the break when Shaun Maloney, the visitors star player this season, bent home a curling free-kick to go in at half time all level.

Just after the hour mark Arsenal were back in front though as Cazorla's ball across goal found Walcott who got there ahead of Joel to find the net.

Minutes later the Gunners had a third and Podolski had his second. It was more poor defending as Scharner played Podolski onside and he managed to loft the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

The rout was then completed as Aaron Ramsey grabbed his first Premier League goal of the season. Cazorla found the Welshman who then raced clear before burying his shot from a tight angle.

The final score finished Arsenal 4-1 Wigan.

The teams lineups:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Arteta(90), Rosicky(78), Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski(78).
Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen(90), Monreal, Jenkinson, Wilshere(78), Oxlade-Chamberlain(78), Gervinho. 

Wigan: Joel, Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner, Espinoza, McManaman(58), Maloney(85), McArthur, McCarthy, Gomez(64), Kone.
Subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Golobart, Watson(64), Fyvie, Di Santo(58), Henriquez(85). 

My man of the match: Santi Cazorla

Referee: Mike Dean
Attendance: 60,068

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