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Wigan – Arsenal 22.12.2012


Wigan – Arsenal 22.12.2012

Wigan is in deep problems before this match. They are into the relegation zone, third from the bottom. Coach Roberto Martinez is under pressure, just as the players.

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. It is not a positive moment. They are also in bad form, loosing three of the last four Premier League matches.
The manager Roberto Martinez has additional problems with sidelined players. James McCarthy, Piscu, Antolin Alcaraz, Ivan Ramis and Gary Caldwell are among the injured. If Caldwell don’t recover on time, Martinez will have to play with the midfielder David Jones as central defender. I see big problems for Wigan defense in situation like this.

Arsenal have excellent strikers and they will take big advantage from that fact.
The situation is quite opposite in Arsenal squad. They won the last two Premier League matches against Reading and West Bromwich Albion.The atmosphere in the squad is positive again. The manager Arsene Wenger has no fresh injury concerns. Andre Santos and Abou Diaby are still out, but Olivier Giroud is ready. It is up to Wenger to decide if he will take part in this game.

The tradition is strongly on Arsenal side, even Wigan managed to win the last season’s fixture in London. The Latics made a big surprise in April this year when they won 2:1 with goals scored by Franco Di Santo and Jordi Gomez. However, Arsenal won the previous nine mutual games at Emirats. I expect they will win this match too.

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