If you could bottle what it is that makes Arsenal put in a storming run at the end of the season, you would be a rich man. While Tottenham generally choke at the end to leave them disappointed and out of the Champions League, the Gunners come good and get the results we need, despite a mountain of pressure.
Could Arsenal make a shock move for 33 year old Wigan defender Emerson Boyce? by SS
Arsene Wenger would hope to get Boyce cheap and use him as cover in a variety of defensive positions and to act as an experienced leader within the defence. Bacary Sagna looks set to leave the club this summer with Russian giants Anzhi and newly crowned French champions PSG interested.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could swoop for Wigan stars Callum McManaman and James McArthur this summer, after the club was relegated from the Premier League. Wigan dropped down to the Championship after a cruel defeat at Arsenal, just days after their heroic victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup.
Arsene Wenger must be fairly confident that he will have no problem holding on to his best Arsenal players this summer. Despite being stung in the past, he seems to be secure in the belief that the Arsenal board will not be tempted to accept a good offer for one of the stars at the Emirates.
Even so, I am not sure it is such a good idea to remind potential suitors just how good Santi Cazorla has been for the Gunners this season.
When most of London was expecting Wigan to pull off another one of their dramatic last gasp escapes from the clutches of relegation, Arsene Wenger's men destroyed any such Latics dreams in an inspired 2nd half display at the Emirates. At the end of the night Roberto Martinez's men became the first team to be relegated from the EPL after winning the FA Cup.
The last home game of the season ended on a very positive note and any win is a good way to repay the fans for providing the support throughout the entire 10 months. The win left us holding on to 4th spot as the battle for the Champions League goes down to the wire.
Arsenal still have a top four finish and Champions League qualification in their own hands after a fantastic 4-1 win over Wigan Athletic last night. The Gunners could even snatch third place with Chelsea having just a single goal better goal difference.
We still have to win the final game away to Newcastle United on Sunday, however, and it looks like we will have to do it without Mikel Arteta.
The end of the season is unusually tense at Arsenal as we are sitting two points behind Tottenham in the race for the last Champions League spot and we have to play Wigan and Newcastle. The club gets a lot of criticism these days but the club always manages to finish in a safe position, however, this season things could be different.
Luck may be coming back to Newcastle, as Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta was substituted in added time in the 4-1 win against Wigan last night that sent Wigan down to the Championship and madeSunderlandsafe. Mikel Arteta serious doubt for Newcastle game Arteta picked up a calf injury, and it's very doubtful he will [.
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Arsenal vs Wigan 4-1 Highlights 2013 Podolski Walcott Ramsey Maloney Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Arsenal vs Wigan 2013 ( Arsenal Wigan Athletic VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Arsenal vs Wigan 4-1 ( Podolski*2, Walcott, Ramsey) Emirates Stadium, London- 14 May, 2013- 19.
Arsene Wenger has just wrapped up his post-Wigan press conference and he had much praise for several of his players throughout. Arsenal took the lead early through a Lukas Podolski goal but conceded just before the break when Shaun Maloney leveled things with a brilliant free-kick.
Arsenal hosted Wigan at The Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening in a must win battle. Wigan, fighting relegation needed a win to keep their Premier League hopes alive, while Arsenal, at the other end of the table, needed a win to help keep them in their fight for Champions League football. Lukas Podolski opened the scoring after 11 minutes but Wigan's Shaun Maloney scored an excellent free-kick just before the break.
Arsenal host Wigan at the Emirates Stadium tonight at 745pm and we'll have all the live commentary below. Both sides will be desperate for a win as Wigan look to avoid the drop and Arsenal seek Champions Leauge football next year. The Latics are coming off a massive victory at the weekend where they defeated Manchester City at Wembley in the FA Cup Final.
Arsenal must beat Wigan but a win would help our rivals by FD
It does your head in. You've got twenty clubs each playing 38 matches over the course of a long Premier League season, and yet we always seem to arrive at the final stages of the campaign with the remaining fixtures contriving to throw up a set of possible permutations only an evil and twisted mastermind could have devised.
Arsenal host Wigan tonight in a match that will certainly result in having massive consequence for one or both teams depending on the result. Wigan are coming fresh off an FA Cup Final triumph but will have to postpone celebrations as they look to avoid relegation again. After having defeated Manchester City at Wembley and essentially forcing the sacking of Roberto Mancini, the Latics will have to defeat another team aiming for Champions League ambition if they are to really have a chance at Premier League survival.
FA Cup Champions Wigan Athletic will travel to London on Tuesday to take on Arsenal in a crucial match for two teams needing a win.
Coming off an amazing 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final this past weekend, Wigan's focus now turns to getting out of the relegation zone. Currently sitting in 18th place with 35 points, Wigan must win their remaining two matches and hope that one of the five teams ahead of them stumble through the finish line.
The Arsenal vice-captain is not expecting an easy game against Wigan tonight, in fact he thinks the FA cup winners will give it everything they've got. He is, however, confident that Arsenal can get the win and the three points we need, as long as they don't let the occasion get to them.
"They will play for their lives," said the Spaniard.
Arsenal fans are used to seeing a long list of injuries for most of the Premiership season, but going into our final two games, we are down to just one person left on the treatment table, and no prizes for guessing who that is!
Last week, there was Kieran Gibbs, Lukasz Fabianski and Abou Diaby on the list, but Wenger revealed yesterday: "The news is quite good, we have everyone available.
We all know what is at stake and tonight, we, and I mean those fans who are lucky enough to attend, have to push our lads to 3 points.
As a child I had an idea that if all the fans on the North Bank simultaneously sucked in air at a corner kick then the ball was sure to go into the net. It just had to be delivered into the right area and the ensuing suction would ensure another goal for my heroes.
Arsenal have only one man to fear tonight, and he doesn't play for Wigan by DG
We Arsenal fans have almost every reason to be buoyant at our remaining fixtures over the next week. A home tie against a Wigan team that has underperformed all year and who will most likely be suffering from a cup final hangover, followed by an away game against a Newcastle side who simply don't care anymore.
Tottenham nabbed a last minute winner against Stoke yesterday to keep themselves in with a chance of nicking the last Champions League position from Arsenal, and believe that Wigan are in the perfect frame of mind to cause an upset at the Emirates tomorrow evening.
Wigan may have won the FA Cup, but now they are fighting for their Premiership survival, and the Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas thinks that they are primed and ready for tomorrow.
Yes, Arsenal SHOULD Give Wigan a Guard of Honour by FD
So the newly crowned FA Cup winners arrive at the Emirates tomorrow in a last-ditch bid to maintain their Premiership status for another season. Nobody can doubt they deserved to win that match at Wembley against a disappointing Man City side.
The pressure has firmly been placed on the shoulders of Arsene Wenger and each and every member of his Arsenal squad after Chelsea and Tottenham recorded come-from-behind victories on the weekend. Both London neighbours fell behind quite early 1-0 in their respective away matches againstAston Villa and Stoke, but came back to earn 2-1 wins.
There was great deal of excitement and expectation amongst Arsenal fans around this time last year, because we heard that Arsene Wenger had secured the transfer of the German international Lukas Podolski from Cologne. The 27-year old has enjoyed a pretty good first season with the Gunners, but there have been concerns over his fitness and rumours of a problem between him and Wenger.
Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas is hoping his side will be rewarded for their late winner against Stoke with a slip-up from north London rivals Arsenal. After seeing his side beat the Potters, Villas Boas was hoping that the Gunners will drop points against either Wigan or Newcastle in their final two games of the [.
It may be a crucial game for Arsenal tomorrow in terms of reaching the Champions League, but for Wigan it is even more important as they are fighting for their Premiership lives. Roberto Martinez has performed miracles to keep them in the top flight over the last few years, and he is fully expecting to do the same thing this time around.
Arsenal's home game against Wigan has now taken on even more importance after the Spuds late winner over Stoke yesterday. The Gunners have dropped below Spurs with just two games to go, so we simply MUST beat Wigan at the Emirates to regain our ascendance to the Champions League.
Once those three points are secured, we will have a free run up at Newcastle on the last day of the season after the Toon beat QPR to ensure their safety from relegation.
Its been three months Fox unveiled Gus Johnson as its voice of soccer and it has come with mixed reviews. Some say he is ok, while other say he is terrible. I think that I sit somewhere in the middle between disaster and good start.
Here is my question, is the issue with Gus Johnson tied to the fact that most American soccer fans are Euro Snobs and I include my self in that.
There is no room for error for either team tonight as only a win will do for Arsenal and Wigan Athletic at the Emirates stadium. Although the Gunners would still have a mathematical chance of overtaking Tottenham on the final day of the Premier League season if we drew or lost tonight, realistically it would mean that Arsenal would be consigned to the Europa League next season.
It seems like an age since played our last game. Then, thinking back to that very fixture, it seemed like it took an age in itself. Walcott's early goal against QPR was followed by a goalless 89 minutes, plus stoppage time, and despite the relegated team's relative ineffectiveness, just one moment could have changed the whole outlook of our season.
There are rumors going around (what's new) that Alan Pardew will want to bring in players who have some Premier League experience, and he also may want to bring in some British players. James McCarthy Newcastle interested? If we assume Wigan will go down they have to win tonight's game at Arsenal and [.
Take nothing away from Wigan Athletic's gritty and energetic performance to win the FA Cup in stoppage time but Manchester City had the tools to handle matters fairly easily, but once again faltered. Roberto Mancini and the Citizens will end this season in disappointment. After a glorious finish to last seasons Premier League title chase for City, the Manchester club will head into the summer without any trophies, and possibly without Mancini.
1. Old Trafford gave a great goodbye to Sir Alex Ferguson. Prawn sandwiches were pushed aside to create some serious atmosphere. 2. Quitting works. Both Manchester United and Everton got good home wins to say goodbye to departing managers. 3. It was a bittersweet weekend for Wigan. They upset the odds to win the FA [.
It must be strange to know that you'll be playing in both the Championship and Europa League next season. That's Wigan's predicament at the moment the irony of 21st century football, if you will, after a miserable 4-1 defeat in the hands of Arsenal last night.
The Gunners, who were clearly gunning for Champions League football, needed a victory as badly as Wigan .
We've had a gut feeling about Wigan right from the point that they progressed to the FA Cup semi-finals (call it a sneaking suspicion, if you will) and after their FA Cup victory last night, you could attribute it to the Deathly Domino's Effect phenomenon.
It's a strange scenario that plays out often in football a red card, innumerable fouls, pathetic shots-at-goal and finally, the inexplicable send-off.
Arsene Wenger watched his side finally come good in the second half against Wigan last night, but he thinks the game was much closer than Arsenal's winning margin suggests. He said after the game: "We had a quick start and a strong start for the first 20 minutes. We were really dominating and after that we became a bit conservative and pushed forward less and allowed Wigan back in the game.
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