Arsenal v Wigan
FA Cup Semi Final
Kick off: April 12, 2014 5.07 PM BST
A massive game for both sides, more so perhaps for Arsenal who need to end this lengthy trophy drought.
Arsenal started off brightly, Ramsey, Chamberlain, and Sanogo in particular linking up superbly. Ramsey and Chamberlain almost completed a fantastic one-two move to see the Englishmen through on goal. Sanogo attempted to flick it on for him though, playing the ball a little behind him.
The young Frenchman then almost scored himself, getting his head on a fantastic cross by the Ox. He headed down towards goal, looking certain to score. It was straight at Wigan keeper, Scott Carson, however, who was able to block and see it cleared by his defenders.
Arsenal then slowed the pace of the game a little, content to pass the ball around the back. There was some great football on display, but very little penetration for a while. I have no problem with patient build-up, and backward passing to keep possession, but when the forward pass is there you have to take it.
Sagna almost put a left footed half volley into the back of the net, Vermaelen knocking a corner down to the right back. The angle was very tight though, and he spooned it just over the bar.
Podolski and Cazorla were pretty anonymous for long periods, the German getting involved a bit more towards the end of the half. He was incorrectly flagged offside late on, Arsenal denied a great chance as he bore down on goal. He then put Sanogo through with only minutes left on the clock, the strikers first touch too heavy, Carson able to stay big and get the block in.
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Wigan looked decent in midfield, and were defending well. They weren’t really offering much going forward though. The closest they came was Jordi Gomez’s mishit cross skimming Fabianski’s crossbar, the keeper always looking comfortable with it.
Wigan may step things up a bit as the second half draws on, so Arsenal really need to make the most of their dominance while it’s there.
Sagna Mertesacker Vermaelen(c) Monreal
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