Wigan Athletic secured a monumental FA Cup win on Saturday over former Premier League Champions Manchester City, but now they must focus on avoiding the drop from England’s elite league – which starts at Arsenal on Tuesday.
Will the win of the prestigious domestic trophy inspire them to reinvigorate their season? Or will it cause a sense of complacency as they have achieved their club a great feat already? Unfortunately it will most likely be the former, however it is up to Arsenal to crash their party.
While Gooners will be hoping the Latics will be out partying to all hours and turn up to Emirates Stadium on Tuesday hungover and still in (/on) ecstasy, Roberto Martinez’s side will give the Gunners a real run for their money. Their position in the league is always deceiving, Wigan like to cause upsets against the top side.
Martinez told reporters after his sides Wembley triumph:
It was incredible seeing the goal going in. When you are a football club, you dream of playing at Wembley, and today we saw the underdogs play with incredible bravery, incredible belief and they defied the odds again. That’s the FA Cup.
He also urged his players to channel the energy from his sides emphatic victory and fight for their place in the League with tough games away to Wenger’s side and then at home to Aston Villa remaining:
We are going to get an incredible fight, incredible desire, to get the six points we’ve got left.
But today is about today, today is about the FA Cup, today is about the victory and the trophy that we’ve won for Wigan Athletic. What an incredible story.
While Arsenal fans alike feel some pride in seeing City finish the season trophy less, it may turn out to be a danger in disguise. Wigan will be high on their victory and their desire to challenge Arsenal from the first to the last whistle.
Per Mertesacker recently stated it would be better to face an opposition who will ‘go for it’ as it will create a more open game for Arsenal’s counter-attacking football to exploit, but with that comes a never-say-die attitude and dedication that the Gunners must match.
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Congratulations to Wigan, but your celebratory party ends at the Emirates!