Wigan vs Arsenal: Team line-ups, half-time thoughts and match chat
Written by Chris on December 29, 2010 19:59
It just doesn’t get any better than this, does it? We eased past Chelsea, Manchester United could only manage a draw yesterday and now we have a golden opportunity to cut the gap at the top.
Wigan have been struggling so far although they enjoyed a very important away win against Wolves last Sunday so their morale will be as high as ours. Hendry Thomas and Maynor Figueroa are both available after serving one-match suspensions on Boxing Day with Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh and Sebastien Squillaci all set to start for the Gunners.
It’s not the most difficult game of the season but it’s tricky and we need to be fully focused on the job in order to avoid ruining all the good work done on Monday against the Blues.
The game kicks off at 19:45 in the UK and as always credit goes to all those who woke up early to follow their beloved Gunners.
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Al Habsi, Stam, Gary Caldwell, Alcaraz, Gohouri, Thomas, Diame, Cleverley, Watson, N’Zogbia, Rodallega
Subs: Pollitt, Boselli, Steven Caldwell, Gomez, McArthur, Figueroa, McManaman
Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Eboue, Rosicky, Denilson, Arshavin, Diaby, Chamakh, Bendtner
Subs: Szczesny, Nasri, Vela, Walcott, Wilshere, Djourou, Clichy
Half-Time Thoughts and Analysis
Football can be funny sometimes. With Arsene Wenger’s gamble to change eight players not paying off as Wigan took an early lead, the two most disappointing players on the pitch made sure to first level things up and then give us the lead.
The first 30 minutes of the game were a nightmare. Laurent Koscielny, Sebastien Squillaci, Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner all gifting the ball or making foolish mistakes including a 16th minute foul by the Frenchman – the youngest of the two – on the edge of the penalty area for which the referee gave a penalty.
Lukasz could do nothing but luckily we responded well and started to put some pressure on Wigan. A Tomas Rosicky shot was well saved by Al Habsi.
And then, in the 39th minute, Andrey finally remembered that he is a football player, playing for Arsenal, against Wigan. He first produces a superb acrobatic volley to level things up and then wins the ball in midfield, passes to Nicklas who does well in shrugging off defenders and placing it in the corner.
I’m still worried, some of our players have been shocking in the first half so this is not over yet. At half time, it’s Wigan one, Arsenal two.