Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(69) 52 Goals 31 (45)
(53) 38 Assists 20 (32)
(6.8) 7.1 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.6)
28.3 Average Age 28.4
181.6 Average Height (cm) 180.5
(1.1) 1.2 Shots pg 1 (0.9)
(54%) 56% Aerial Duel Success 51% (47%)
(0.7) 0.8 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.6)
(1.6) 1.6 Tackles pg 1.6 (1.7)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Vassiriki Abou Diaby Out 7.05
Olivier Giroud Out 7.08
Lukasz Fabianski Doubtful 6.75
Kieran Gibbs Doubtful 7.05
Player Reason Status Rating
Jean Beausejour Out 6.71
Maynor Figueroa Out 6.68
Ryo Miyaichi Out 6.15
Ronnie Stam Out 6.44
Iván Ramis Out 6.61
Michael Pollitt Out N/A

Team News

  • Olivier Giroud serves the final game of his three match suspension and Arsene Wenger can name the same starting XI from the win over QPR for the welcome of Wigan Athletic.
  • Abou Diaby remains sidelined with a knee problem, while Lukasz Fabianski and Kieran Gibbs are set to take a place on the bench having both recovered from injury.
  • Lukas Podolski will again lead the attack and is expected to be flanked by Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla.
  • Ben Watson could be recalled to the starting XI after netting the decisive goal in the 1-0 FA Cup final win over Manchester City after dropping to the bench for the defeat to Swansea City.
  • Jean Beausejour, Maynor Figueroa, Ronnie Stam, Albert Crusat, Ivan Ramis and Michael Pollitt are all ruled out with injury for Roberto Martinez's side.
  • Ryo Miyaichi is also sidelined with an ankle problem, but is unavailable due to stipulations in his loan deal that prevents him from playing against his parent club.

Prediction

  • Arsenal dropped out of the top four following Spurs' win over Stoke City on Sunday, but a victory for Arsene Wenger's side will see them leapfrog their north London rivals back into the Champions League place.
  • Wenger must decide whether to persist with the same starting XI that secured a 1-0 win over QPR 10 days ago, which would mean a place on the bench for Jack Wilshere.
  • Wigan Athletic's memorable FA Cup 1-0 win over Manchester City could prove to be a catalyst for the side in their aim of avoiding relegation.
  • Roberto Martinez looks likely to name the same defence from Saturday, meaning Antolin Alcaraz will retain his place in the starting XI at the expense of Gary Caldwell.
  • Ben Watson could start following his heroics at Wembley, with Jordi Gomez the player expected to miss out as both teams go in search of a much need victory at the Emirates Stadium, although it's likely that Arsenal will come away with the win as a result of the extended period of rest.
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Comments (26)

 
  • Oh Santi Cazooooorla!

  • I knew

  • Ramsey's killed someone again...

  • And so the mystery continues unsolved: how did Man City not score?

  • amazing santiago

  • 4 in a row

  • Poor Wigan if they get relegated.

  • And there Walcott scores, after Arsenal exploit the weak Wigan defensive left.

  • The number one reason a club doesn't want to be relegated is money. And playing in the Champions League is more of a motivator than money. It's a matter of prestige.

  • @LessBlues They're fighting against relegation, Arsenal are fighting for money.

  • Honestly Walcott might abuse Espinoza and that 3-man defense. Not sure Wigan's unique tactics suit playing Arsenal well.

  • @SignorEskola ah yes, Wigan will be motivated but not Arsenal. Makes sense.

  • Arsenal 3-4 Wigan

  • So happy that Wigan won the FA Cup, but the final really ought to be held AFTER the regular season. What will be Wigan's mindset and how tired will the be? Anyhow, they're clear favorites, as a team that wins major silverware has to be better than one that doesn't!

  • It's been 15 years since Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League.. don't win today & it's gonna be thursday nights in eastern europe for the Gunners!

  • Wigan would probably get relegated if they don't win. They must win, I believe they'll end up winning since their confidence is higher than ever after winning the FA Cup. They don't want to play Europa League in Championship, so they'll be extra-motivated to win this match despite they might be a bit tired. I usually offer a little sympathy for Arsenal, but not this time, sorry.

  • Arsenal will surely win this one...

  • 2-2

  • Wigan are usually scary at this time of the season! Come on you Gunners!

  • Wigan are usually scary at this time of the season! Come on you Gunners!

  • Arsenal to win 3-0

  • camaaaaaan WIGAN!

  • This will be a high scoring game

  • arsenal 3 wigan 1

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