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                                                    Arsenal
                                                    Thomas Vermaelen (21 mins)
                                                    1-2
                                                    Wigan
                                                    Franco Di Santo (7 mins)
                                                    Jordi Gomez (8 mins)

                                                    Barclays Premier League , Apr 16, 2012
                                                    Ground: Emirates Stadium , Kickoff: 20:00 , Att 60,060

                                                    Team news

                                                    Gibbs may make Arsenal return Full-back Kieran Gibbs has a 50-50 chance of returning from a groin against Wigan.

                                                    Midfielder Gervinho (ankle) is also likely to be back while midfielders Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin (both hamstring) are set to return to the squad next week for full training.

                                                    Per Mertesacker is continuing his rehabilitation in Germany after suffering an ankle injury against Sunderland in February and fellow defender Laurent Koscielny is suspended.

                                                    Boss Arsene Wenger believes Yossi Benayoun is ready to play a key part as they chase Champions League qualification in the vital last weeks of the season.

                                                    The Israeli midfielder has made 16 league appearances for Arsenal and scored two goals in a season in which he has been hampered by injury.

                                                    Wenger, however, has seen signs the creative playmaker, on a season-long loan from Chelsea, is back to his best.

                                                    Wenger said: "He has been very patient and very professional.

                                                    "He came here with lack of competition and it took him a while to become really sharp.

                                                    "He kept working and waited for his place. We kept faith in him and put him in for big games because he is an intelligent and talented player. He has a good team attitude.

                                                    "The problem with Yossi was more physical because he is a guy who plays on his sharpness and quick movement.

                                                    "He had a big injury don't forget and it took him some time to come back. After that, when you do not play big games it takes you time to find the confidence again. Now he is there." Striker Hugo Rodallega is Wigan's only injury concern.

                                                    Rodallega has not played for the Latics since March 11 due to a knee problem but is back in training and will be assessed before the trip to north London.

                                                    "We need to assess him over the next two or three days to see how he responds, but he has been training with the group," said manager Roberto Martinez.

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                                                    Arsenal vs Wigan

                                                    Last modified 22:12 16/04/12

                                                    Wigan shock misfiring Gunners Wigan pulled off a shock 2-1 win at Arsenal to boost their Barclays Premier League survival hopes.

                                                    Franco Di Santo fired the Latics - who last week beat leaders Manchester United - ahead on the break after seven minutes, before Jordi Gomez doubled their lead inside 90 seconds.

                                                    Thomas Vermaelen reduced the deficit with a bullet header on 21 minutes, but the second-half onslaught from the shellshocked Gunners never came as the Latics moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

                                                    It had been a bright start by Arsenal, who were looking to tighten their grip on third place, as Yossi Benayoun forced Ali Al Habsi into a fingertip save from his close-range header.

                                                    The Latics had brought a small following of only some 200, who had perhaps travelled more in hope than genuine expectation.

                                                    However, it was the visitors who took a shock lead on seven minutes.

                                                    Wigan broke quickly from an Arsenal corner through Gomez down the left, who clipped the ball through to the on-rushing Di Santo.

                                                    Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny raced to the edge of his area, but was beaten to the ball and the Wigan striker went on to knock into an empty net.

                                                    Before the away support had time to calm down, they were in dreamland again less than 90 seconds later.

                                                    This time Victor Moses did the damage down the left, turning Bacary Sagna inside out, with his cross not gathered by Szczesny - and Gomez was on hand to scramble the loose ball over the line.

                                                    Emirates Stadium was left in stunned silence, with midfielder Mikel Arteta then limping off injured and replaced by Ramsey in the ninth minute.

                                                    Arsenal - who had won nine of their last 10 Premier League games - needed a response.

                                                    Benayoun was again denied by a fine one-handed save from Al Habsi as he looped Rosicky's cross towards the top corner.

                                                    The Gunners halved the deficit on 21 minutes when Vermaelen crashed in a bullet header from 12 yards after Rosicky's right-wing cross.

                                                    Al Habsi was alert again to beat away Robin van Persie's fierce drive as Arsenal pressed forward, centre-half Johan Djourou then dragging his shot just wide from the edge of the Wigan penalty area.

                                                    Arsenal maintained their momentum, and Rosicky should have done better than sky the ball high over the crossbar after being played in by Van Persie.

                                                    Wigan, who were unfortunate to lose at Chelsea amid some controversial decisions, continued to defend deep with two banks of four and made the most of any stoppages - much to the frustration of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

                                                    Arsenal came out on the offensive at the start of the second half, with Andre Santos' shot deflecting just away from Van Persie and then Theo Walcott.

                                                    Wigan, though, stuck to their game plan of organised defending, while also looking to break quickly down the flanks.

                                                    Moses was a real handful for Sagna, and got away again into the Arsenal box on 52 minutes before forcing Szczesny into a reaction save.

                                                    Vermaelen headed over from Van Persie's corner, before Santos stabbed a cutback by his captain wide from six yards when he really should have hit the target.

                                                    Moses could have extended Wigan's advantage when put through on 59 minutes, but shot tamely at Szczesny.

                                                    Wenger had seen enough, replacing Benayoun with Gervinho to inject some fresh life into the attack.

                                                    There was then a stoppage as Di Santo and Sagna clashed heads, fortunately both were able to continue.

                                                    Arsenal stepped up the pressure again, but once more the Wigan rearguard stood firm.

                                                    With 16 minutes left, Wenger sent on teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, sacrificing Djourou as Alex Song dropped into the back four. Wigan responded by replacing Di Santo with Conor Sammon.

                                                    Gervinho was switching flanks intermittently, and his ball from the left floated across the face of goal.

                                                    Maynor Figueroa appeared to barge Walcott over as the Arsenal forward scampered away down the right, but referee Andre Marriner waved play on.

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    ArsenalRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    13 Wojciech Szczesny
                                                    3 Bacary Sagna
                                                    20 Johan Djourou(sub 73)
                                                    5 Thomas Vermaelen Goal
                                                    11 Clarindo Andre Santos
                                                    17 Alex Song
                                                    8 Mikel Arteta(sub 8)
                                                    14 Theo Walcott
                                                    7 Tomas Rosicky
                                                    30 Yossi Benayoun(sub 60)
                                                    10 Robin van Persie
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    21 Lukasz Fabianski
                                                    15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain(sub 73)
                                                    16 Aaron Ramsey(sub 8)
                                                    18 Sebastien Squillaci
                                                    27 Yao Gervinho(sub 60)
                                                    28 Kieran Gibbs
                                                    29 Marouane Chamakh
                                                    WiganRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    26 Ali Al Habsi
                                                    3 Antolin Alcaraz
                                                    5 Gary Caldwell
                                                    31 Maynor Figueroa
                                                    17 Emmerson Boyce
                                                    4 James McCarthy
                                                    16 James McArthur
                                                    22 Jean Beausejour
                                                    11 Victor Moses
                                                    9 Franco Di Santo(sub 74) Goal
                                                    14 Jordi Gomez(sub 85) Goal
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    12 Michael Pollitt
                                                    8 Ben Watson
                                                    15 Callum McManaman
                                                    18 Conor Sammon(sub 74)
                                                    19 David Jones
                                                    21 Mohamed Diame(sub 85)
                                                    23 Ronnie Stam

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