WTTGT Reporter: Tashan Deniran-Alleyne
WIGAN 0-4 ARSENAL
Arsenal strolled to their third successive away league victory with a 4-0 win over Wigan at the DW Stadium thanks to goals from Mikel Arteta, Thomas Vermaelen, Gervinho and Robin van Persie.
The team news for Arsenal saw one two changes from the team who drew with Fulham in the last league game with Laurent Koscielny and Gervinho starting, with a place on the bench for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who impressed against Man City in midweek.
Before kick-off there was a minutes applause for Gary Speed who sadly past away last weekend.
The first opportunity fell to the hosts as a cross from David Jones came to Jordi Gomez who seemed set to score but his effort was blocked away for a corner. Wigan had started the game the brighter, pressing Arsenal in possession.
Arsenal started to grow into the game and Theo Walcott’s cross was almost sliced into his own net by Gary Caldwell. Their spell of pressure was rewarded with a goal as Arteta was allowed space to take aim from 25 yards to put Arsenal 1-0 up.
It was 2-0 moments later as van Persie’s corner was met by Vermaelen to score his second in successive games.
Ali Al Habsi denied van Persie with a very good save as Arsenal threatened to add to their two-goal lead before half-time.
The visitors were denied a penalty in the opening minutes of the second half when Aaron Ramsey looked to have been brought down in the area, but the referee waved away any appeals from the away side.
Walcott then crossed for van Persie but his header was cleared off the line by Caldwell, then Wigan threatened at the other end as Mohamed Diame’s low effort went wide. The third goal did arrive for the gunners courtesy of Gervinho as he tapped home after van Persie’s effort had been parried by Al-Habsi.
Arsenal nearly grabbed a fourth when van Persie but he sent his effort over the bar, but the in-form Dutchman did get himself on the score sheet as he converted Walcott’s cutback to seal all three points for the gunners.
Substitute Yossi Benayoun missed a chance for a fifth as his attempted chip lacked pace and was cleared to safety, as Arsenal cruised through the dying minutes to seal a comfortable win.
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