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Arsenal vs Wigan: Team News, Starting XI & Score Prediction

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Arsenal face Wigan tonight in the Premier League after a weekend which provided lots of exciting matches and controversial decisions.

Manchester United were helped on their way to all 3 points at Old Trafford by a brilliant dive from Ashley Young, while Juan Mata scored a highly debatable goal as Chelsea thrashed Spurs 5-1 at Wembley.

This game offers us the chance to (at least artificially) move 8 points clear of Tottenham and 10 points clear of Chelsea. As mentioned above, our two North London rivals played each other last night in the FA Cup Semi-Final and therefore missed out on this weekend’s Premier League action. Newcastle also did not feature over the weekend, so a win over Wigan would see us move 8 points clear of them too.

On paper, tonight’s game does not look to be particularly difficult. Arsenal have won 9 of our last 10 game to climb into 3rd place in the League, while Wigan are right there at the other end of the table fighting off relegation. We have also won all of our 9 home games against Wigan in all competitions. However, matches are not played on paper – something which Wigan proved last week with a 1-0 win over United at the DW Stadium.

Team news:

Kieran Gibbs could return after a groin complaint which forced him off 10 minutes into the second half vs Manchester City, while Gervinho looks to have recovered from a slight ankle injury and will be included in the squad. Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin are still short – the midfield duo are yet to return to full first-team training.

Laurent Koscielny is serving his second game his 2-match ban after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season. He will be back in the squad to face Chelsea in the early kick-off on Saturday.

Predicted Starting XI

I expect only 1 change from the team that won against Wolves in mid-week. Tomas Rosicky was rested on Wednesday but will probably replace Aaron Ramsey. After scoring against Wolves I think that Yossi Benayoun will be given his 3rd consecutive start. Wenger is currently deciding on whether to keep the Israel captain past the summer.

Predicted Score

Arsenal 3-1 Wigan The Lactics won’t go down without a fight and I fully expect them to grab a goal. That said, I am aware United suffered a shock defeat last week, but I don’t think that the Wigan players have it in them to cause an upset for the second week in a row.

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3 thoughts on “Arsenal vs Wigan: Team News, Starting XI & Score Prediction

  1. sjlittle

    Surely now the FA must see that if that was the best referee they could find for the Spurs v Chelsea SEMIFINAL then they must recruit new referees.
    All that referee had to do (he was in a position to see) was ask himself “did I see the ball cross the line” and he would know the answer was No! Its does not need high tech which would ruin all the reasons that have made football the most popular of all sport. Its just needs to stop cheating and thus help referees. Easy done, have video review weekly and where a player has clearly cheated beyond doubt, then deduct points from the wi9nning team(2pts)and if a draw (1pt) That would kill cheating full stop.
    Sending the last defender off and giving a penalty has no merit and cheats the paying public.
    Pass backs outside the penalty box should incur a free kick, this would stop a winning team from passing the ball around so their opponents cant get the baal knowing that if they do waste energy chasing an opponent he will simply get out of trouble by back passing. The present rule has not succeeded in doing this.

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  2. Aussie Jack

    That to me is a sensible line-up, it`s conservative without being stuffy. I have the greatest respect for Wigan and they deserve to be better placed than they are but we have to win in what will be a tight game full of excitment….Arsenal 2-1.

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  3. Pedrogooner

    Im going to be brave and predict 4-0 to arsenal. I rate Wigan but I think the way we are playing at the mo we will win.

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