Arsenal vs Wigan Athletic: Team line-ups, half-time thoughts and match chat
Written by Chris on January 22, 2011 15:00
There is no other way to describe today’s game, it’s an easy one and we should have little or no problems at all to secure all three points and keep the pressure on leaders Manchester United.
As I said in the preview, it would be nice to get the job done in the first 45 minutes of the game and then rest key players like Robin, Samir and Cesc as they will be surely needed in the 2nd-leg of the Carling Cup semi-final against Ipswich Town in mid-week. Make no mistake, I am not underestimating today’s game but the defeat at Portman Road means that we need our top players to be fit and ready for Tuesday.
Before moving on, may I draw your attention to the Be a Gunner. Be a Runner. campaign. Following the success of the dedicated matchday against Fulham in December, the campaigns will return on Saturday, March 19 with the aim of raising more vital funds to help the Club towards its season-long fundraising target of £500,000, which will be used to help create a state-of-the-art facility at a refurbished centre in Soho. More information at http://www.beagoonerbeagiver.org.
And, until you wait for kick-off, check out what Tony Adams would say to today’s players if he were the side’s captain and also why Bacary Sagna reacted the way he did against Manchester City in the final part of the game.
As always, please do join the discussion in our chat room which will also be active after the full time whistle. You will be glad to know that from this season, to provide a better chat experience to our readers, users can be banned if they post offensive comments.
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Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Nasri, Fabregas, Walcott, Wilshere, Song, van Persie
Subs: Shea, Gibbs, Eboue, Arshavin, Denilson, Chamakh, Bendtner
Al Habsi, Gohouri, Gary Caldwell, Steve Caldwell, Figueroa, Stam, N’Zogbia, Watson, Diame, Thomas, Rodallega
Subs: Pollitt, Boyce, McCarthy, Gomez, McArthur, Di Santo, McManaman
Half-Time Thoughts and Analysis
By looking at the scoreline one could believe the opposite but in reality, the Gunners dominated Wigan and deserve to be at least 3-0 up at the end of the first 45 minutes.
But, Ali Al Habsi had other ideas and produced at least three superb saved to deny us the joy of putting the game to bed in the first half. It’s a shame as we played what maybe was the best first half of football of the season with every single player doing his job to perfecting, especially Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song, a beast in midfield.
We need an early second half goal to be more relaxed since – of course – reaching the 75th minute with only one goal to show for could be very, very dangerous.
At half time, it’s Arsenal one, Wigan Athletic nil.