As expected Arsenal eased passed lowly Wigan with a comfortable 4-0 win to secure all three points and for the moment move up to fifth on the Premier League ladder. While Wigan showed signs of bringing a challenge to the gunners in the first 15 minutes, thereafter Arsenal asserted their dominance and never looked like losing the tie.
In terms of defence, as Wigan lacked any real threat on attack it was a comfortable defensive performance for the gunners. While Vermaelen is often considered our defensive rock at the back his telling contribution on offence was pleasing to see. His surging run from defence to set up Arteta for the first and his headed goal from a corner for the second showcases his ability to be an asset on all parts of the field, which could prove useful in coming weeks.
On the offensive end, it was great to see our usual trio up front put in great performances. I was particularly pleased with Gervinho who was full of running and was particularly unlucky not to set-up a couple of goals as well as have a couple of goals of his own. Hopefully the goal he did score will boost his confidence in front of goal. It is also great to see Walcott performing consistently well on the back of great performances in previous weeks and also Van Persie to continue his great scoring record with a well finished goal.
With all of the first-team playing at least 80 minutes today, expect to see a rotated side similar to the one that faced Manchester City in midweek for the upcoming game against Olympiakos in the Champions League. While first place in Group F is guaranteed, it would be great to see the youngsters get a win after unfairly losing in the Carling Cup.
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Wigan started well, created some dangerous situations and surprised us at the start. After that 15 minutes we took control of the game and never looked like losing that. Maybe a bit in the first five minutes of the second half. But overall we had a good team performance defensively and offensively. The confidence is there and you could feel that in the way we played today. I can only congratulate the team. They are growing and they are getting better and better. You could see there is something there to work on.
on a possible comeback…
I had that in my memory when it was 2-0 and they started strongly in the second half because they had done that last season. I just felt that today we had too much for Wigan and that we looked solid at the back. We didn’t lose any goals in the fights and therefore of course we were under threat less defensively.
on even goal distribution…
I am happy that Gervinho scored, I am happy that we scored goals of course. But I am also happy that other players scored, and that Robin van Persie did as well. It is good for the morale of the team and overall I know they can do it.
We know we can do that, and we can do that at a good pace. Today we have seen some outstanding combinations. I must say as well that the pitch is better here than it was years ago. That helps us as well.
on being received well by the fans…
Our job is to keep our focus as much as we can do and take the good and the bad. I just try to give my best for my Club. When people are not happy of course I am not happy as well but it’s part of the job.
on Premier League hopes…
I am confident we can achieve it. It looks like all the teams up front will win comfortably. It will be down to the teams who are the most consistent. When you look at the scores today from the teams who are in front of us like Chelsea, Tottenham and man City – they all won with two, three, four goals difference. That means it will be down to who is the most consistent out there.
Koscielny Mertesacker Vermaelen Santos
Walcott Van Persie (c) Gervinho
Wojciech Szczesny | 6.5: A relatively quiet night at the back for Arsenals number one goalkeeper. With Wigan offering very little on attack, the young Pole had little to do.
Laurent Koscielny | 6.5: The Frenchman had a tough opening few minutes against Moses, but after the first ten minutes came back strongly and defended well against the winger.
Per Mertesacker | 7.0: Like most of Arsenal’s defenders had an easy afternoon against a Wigan side that had no real threat. When he was called into action made a superb block against Diane.
Thomas Vermaelen | 7.5: Solid defensively, but it was his contribution on attack that stood out today. Great surging run forward to create space for Arteta for the first goal and great header for the second from a corner.
Andre Santos | 6.5: Like Koscielny, the Brazilian was a bit shaky in the opening exchanges but asserted his dominance as the match wore on.
Alexandre Song| 6.5: Decent performance by the Cameroon midfielder. May have possibly kept the ball for too long on occasions instead of distributing to team-mates, but overall solid.
Mikel Arteta | 8.0: The Spaniard brought his usual accuracy in distribution along with exceptional work-rate. While the keeper probably should have done better, kudos to the Spaniard for trying his luck and scoring a great long range goal.
Aaron Ramsey | 7.0: Involved in many of Arsenal’s attacking moves and made a number of good runs into the Wigan penalty box. Perhaps should have been given a penalty just after half-time.
Theo Walcott | 7.0: It is good to see the pacy Englishman put together good performances. Did very well to set-up Van Persie for Arsenal’s fourth and final goal.
Robin van Persie | 7.5: Great performance by the Dutchman. Great effort on the half-hour mark, did very well to shake off two defenders to get a shot off in the 69th minute and of course great finish after being set-up by Theo Walcott.
Gervinho| 7.5: Was fantastic throughout the match and was full of running. Scored Arsenal’s third after great work by Van Persie. Hopefully it will give him more confidence in front of goal.
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