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Arsenal Put Four Past Wigan

by on December 3, 2011

Arsenal moved up to fifth place in the Premiership after defeating Wigan Athletic 4-0 today at the DW Stadiun. A very comfortable performance from Arsenal with Mikel Arteta scoring the opening goal for the North London side. A minute later Arsenal had scored a second Thomas Vermaelen doubling Arsenal’s lead. With the gunners controlling the second-half like they did in the first-half, more goals were going to come it was just a matter of time. Summer signing Gervinho scored the third and Dutch striker Robin Van Persie completed the round up by getting the fourth for Arsenal.

French international Laurent Koscielny and Gervinho came in to the Arsenal line-up with Andrey Arshavin and John Djourou dropped to the bench. After impressing against Manchester City in the Carling Cup in midweek Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was on the Arsenal bench as well.

Arsenal Team – Arsenal: Szczesny, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Song (Coquelin 80), Arteta, Ramsey, Gervinho (Benayoun 80), Walcott (Arshavin 80), Van Persie.

Substitutes Not Used: Fabianski, Djourou, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh.

Early on in the first-half Wigan were pressing very well and it wasn’t allowing Arsenal to get their passing game going. But Wigan wouldn’t be able to keep the pressing up for very long it lasted for about the first fifteen minutes of the match. The home team should have been in the lead after Jordi Gomez had a great chance to score the opening goal of the match. But Brazilian full-back Andre Santos done enough to deflect Gomez’s shot out for a Wigan corner.

Vermaelen ran with the ball in to the Wigan half and then finding Arteta was allowed to get forward to create room for the shot. The Spanish midfielder tried his luck from distance and his effort went past Ali Al Habsi in the Wigan goal. A minute later Arsenal had double their lead through a Van Persie corner and Vermaelen was at the back post to head past Al Habsi. Arsenal were close to getting a third after good work from Gervinho working his way in to the Wigan box and cutting it back to Van Persie. The Dutchman’s effort was well saved by Al Habsi and Walcott couldn’t get the follow-up shot on target.

Five minutes in to the second-half Arsenal thought they should have had a penalty. Aaron Ramsey picked the ball up just outside the Wigan box and worked his way in to the area but Wigan’s Gohouri had pulled the Welsh captain back. The Arsenal players thought it was a clear penalty.

Van Persie controlled the ball well and played one-two with Alex Song on the edge of the Wigan box. Receiving the pass from Song in the Wigan box and twisting and turning the Wigan defenders. Which allowed the Dutchman to create space and struck a low shot which Al Habsi saved but the Wigan goalkeeper couldn’t keep hold of the ball. This gifted Gervinho an easy chance to make it three goals for Arsenal and the forward scored with ease.

After great build up play from the gunners Koscielny played a wonderful through ball to allow Walcott through on goal but the English international decided to pull it back to Van Persie. And the Arsenal captain didn’t hesitate and completed the scoring for the North London side.

Ten minutes before the final whistle Arsene Wenger made three changes taking off Alex Song, Theo Walcott and Gervinho for Francis Coquelin, Yossi Benayoun and Andrey Arshavin. And Benayoun was unlucky to score a fifth for the gunners just didn’t put enough power in to his effort late on.

Arsenal next play on Tuesday evening in the Champions League against Olympiakos which is the gunners final group game. They are already through to the next round and have won the group as well. Expect Wenger to play a similar team which played in the Carling Cup last week against Manchester City. The Reserves are not playing next week which means the bench could be filled up with mostly players from Neil Banfield’s side.

My own thoughts on the match were Arsenal controlled the game after Wigan early pressing in the first-half, they were always on top making pass after pass. They could have scored more by looking how much possession they had. The defence looked very organized and always solid throughout the game. Per Mertersacker had a very good game I thought, the German international didn’t have too much to do.

My man of the match was Mikel Arteta he scored a good goal today, it seems he never misplaces a pass and when he has the ball you know he wont give it away. The Spanish midfielder bring ‘s stability and experience to the Arsenal midfield. Wish we signed Arteta a couple of seasons ago.

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