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Emirates Stadium (ATT 60,060) 16th April 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: A Marriner

Arsenal Arsenal vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

Arsenal 1

T Vermaelen (21)

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Wigan 2

F Di Santo (7)
J Gomez (8)

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Wigan stun Gunners

Di Santo and Gomez goals beat Arsenal

Last Updated: 18/04/12 10:26am

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Early goals from Franco Di Santo and Jordi Gomez saw Wigan pull off a famous 2-1 win at Arsenal and move further from the relegation zone.

Man of the match: Victor Moses was fantastic and gave Bacary Sagna a horrible night. Moment of the match: Wigan's second goal shocked everyone as they cut through Arsenal's defence. Attempt of the match: Robin van Persie tested Al Al-Habsi with a driven effort from long-range in the first half. Save of the match: Al-Habsi was at full strength to turn Yossi Benayoun's header over the bar. Goal of the match: Wigan broke at speed to set up Franco Di Santo for the opener and he finished with aplomb. Talking point: Can Wigan take advantage of this great run and push to safety?

Di Santo scored the opener in the seventh minute after Wigan - who had never before claimed a point at the Emirates - had broken at speed from an Arsenal corner.

Gomez then netted Wigan's second just a minute later to further stun the home crowd after good work from Victor Moses.

The Gunners got back into the game when Thomas Vermaelen powerfully headed home Tomas Rosicky's cross on 21 minutes.

But Arsene Wenger's side could not get an equaliser as Wigan followed up their victory over Manchester United with another priceless win to pull five points clear of the relegation zone, having played two games more than 18th-placed Bolton.

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 Roberto Martinez's side 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.

Dreamland

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

This time 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 on their last away trip 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 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.

Game plan

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.

There was five minutes of stoppage time, but despite plenty of Arsenal pressure, Wigan held out for a deserved win, their first at Emirates Stadium, which could just keep them in the Premier League.

ArsenalTeam StatisticsWigan Athletic
1Goals2
11st Half Goals2
4Shots on Target7
9Shots off Target4
10Blocked Shots4
9Corners3
16Fouls15
1Offsides3
2Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
87.5Passing Success78.3
17Tackles26
88.2Tackles Success76.9
64.3Possession35.7
67.5Territorial Advantage32.5
558Total Passes309
35Total Crosses8
139Lost Balls138
57Recoveries58
66.91st Half Poss.33.1
61.82nd Half Poss.38.2

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