Wigan Athletic v Arsenal Live

Arsenal could go four points clear at the top of the Premiership if they win at Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

Arsenal go into this match on a high after an historic Champions League victory over AC Milan on Tursday night saw them become the first ever English side to beat them at the San Siro. Two goals in the last six minutes from Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor sealed the 2-0 aggregate victory and dumped the current European champions out of the competition.

However, the Gunners must not allow a European hangover and must gain maximum points from their visit to mid-table Wigan Athletic. 

A victory would see Arsene Wenger’s side go four points clear at the top of the Premiership with Manchester United involved in the FA Cup this weekend. Arsenal have dropped points in their last two fixtures, drawing with Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium last weekend and only managing a 2-2 draw at 10-man Birmingham City the week before. With Eduardo injured long-term, manager Wenger will be pleased to see midfielder Fabregas among the goals again while the pressure will be on Adebayor as usual. Robin van Persie may feature after a long spell out injured.

Wigan are unbeaten in three of their last four fixtures and victories against West Ham United and Derby County in recent matches have seen them edge out of the relegation zone. Steve Bruce’s side occupy fourteenth place but are only two points better off than third-from-bottom Reading. Last weekend’s goalless draw at Manchester City was the Latic’s second clean sheet in succession and their third in four matches, but they will have their work cut out against an Arsenal side that can be deadly in front of goal when they find their rhythm.

Arsenal have a perfect opportunity to edge four points clear at the top of the league when they visit Wigan on Sunday afternoon. While the Latics have won six at home this season, they have also lost five, while the Gunners have lost just once on the road this season. After dropping points in their last two fixtures, the Gunners will be expected to beat a side they have already won against in six Premiership meetings, home and away, since Wigan’s promotion to the top flight in the 2005/06 season. Last season, Adebayor struck the winner two minutes from the end to seal a 1-0 victory at the JJB Stadium.

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