18
Apr

Match Report: Wigan 3-2 Arsenal


Written by Chris Wheatley

84 Comments  

Wigan scored three goals in the final ten minutes to come back from 2-0 down to beat Arsenal 3-2.

The Gunners appeared to be coasting to victory on the back of goals either side of half time from Theo Walcott and Mikael Silvestre, and with it hauling themselves to within three points of leaders Chelsea.

But after a run of eight defeats and a draw in the Premier League against Arsenal, Wigan added to their debut wins over Chelsea and Liverpool this season as Ben Watson, Titus Bramble and Charles N’Zogbia conjured an astonishing comeback — ending Arsenal’s slim title hopes in the process.

Arsenal’s Starting XI & Subs:

Fabianski
Sagna – Campbell – Silvestre – Clichy
Nasri – Eastmond – Diaby
Walcott – Bendtner – Rosicky

Subs: Mannone, Traore, Eboue, Merida, Henderson, Vela, Van Persie

Having bossed the first half at Wigan and missing several good chances, a slick through-ball from Bendtner freed Arsenal forward Theo Walcott in the inside right channel and the England speedster rode his luck to make his way goalwards and slip the ball past Kirkland.

Arsene Wenger’s side appeared to kill the match within three minutes of the restart as Mikael Silvestre planted home a Nasri corner for number two. But Wigan kept plugging away despite Arsenal have the majority of the play, and ten minutes from time they established a foothold in the game when former Crystal Palace duo Victor Moses and Ben Watson combined for the flame-haired midfielder to score.

Wigan threw the kitchen sink at Arsenal in the closing stages and, just like at Porto two months ago, Lukasz Fabianski was at fault for allowing the Latics to level as the Pole fumbled a corner and Titus Brambled gobbled up the opportunity with a simple header.

Then came Wigan’s unbelievable third to flatten Arsenal’s title challenge once again, as their reported Arsenal target and Player of the Season Charles N’Zogbia drifted from right to left across the Arsenal box before curling a beauty in off the far post for one of the most unlikely comebacks of the season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after the 3-2 defeat at Wigan:

“It is the most disappointing defeat of the season and the way we conceded, it was also the most disappointing. It is difficult to understand and accept, perhaps the players felt too much comfort but in football you must stay focused for 90 minutes and we were punished. We made mistakes and they took advantage, they were sharper in the final part of the game.”


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shah
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shah
6 years 5 months ago

our keepers are not top 4 standard!!…..frustrating.. got a 2-0 then lost it in just 10 mins !

tried and tested
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tried and tested
6 years 5 months ago

shocking performance

Alan
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Alan
6 years 5 months ago

Surely the last straw

meh
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meh
6 years 5 months ago

arsenal need to man up!

jkc
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jkc
6 years 5 months ago

i dont fucking believe it!!!

WHYYYYYY was RVP not brought on earlier???!!!!!

AW im sorry to say really fucked it up for us this time!

AWE
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AWE
6 years 5 months ago

Embarrising performance from arsnenal.

ForeverUnited
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ForeverUnited
6 years 5 months ago

all i want to say is……HOW??

Alan
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Alan
6 years 5 months ago

NOT TOP 4. You are joking right. There not even premier league. It is criminal to allow Wenger to play these clowns between the sticks. It just wouldn’t be tolerated at any other top (are we even in that bracket) club

jay
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jay
6 years 5 months ago

Time for a change, this twat wenger hasn’t a clue anymore, his making this team to be a laughing stock, even AFC Wimbledon would beat this team, GET WENGER OUT!!!!!!!

indgunner
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indgunner
6 years 5 months ago

its absolutely hilarious wat happened im so down that i cant even conjure up enough energy to critisise the team!!

gunergetreal
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gunergetreal
6 years 5 months ago

any decent manager puts on rvp at 70mins we were walkn round d pitch nt even tryn – almunia fabianski silvestre diaby denilson eduardo roiscky al need 2 go nd replacd wit quality nd experience- wenger next season is your last chance

VanDaManPersie
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VanDaManPersie
6 years 5 months ago

Diaby & Fabianski were so Sh*t. We are lucky that we only need one more win to secure 3rd place. If not we would have to worry. This team is not good enough, no heart, no match winners. I mean who conceades 3 goals in nearly 10 mins?

we were trying to rid the storm when in the last 15 mins of the game and Wenger did not change anything. Left Van persie on the bench till 5mins of the game.

With all the experience of Sol & Silvestre, we still conceaded 3 goals.

Bektas
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Bektas
6 years 5 months ago

Worse second half display of the season (After the second goal)

chris
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chris
6 years 5 months ago

wenger just go… had enough of you sticking with inept fu*king cret1ns like fabianski, diaby, rosicky etc etc the list goes on

Does it hurt anyone else that rosicky wears the shirt of bobby pires?

rog
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rog
6 years 5 months ago

wankers, all those players that were on the last tem minutes should be sacked, at this rate i think the yids will finish third.

Murt
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Murt
6 years 5 months ago

A lot of those players can kiss their jerseys goodbye. An absolute disgrace!!!!

WELSHGOONER
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WELSHGOONER
6 years 5 months ago

I am disgusted, if i was arsene right now i would actually wield the axe on a fair few of those pathetic fuckers PERMANANTLY! That was a performance supposedly to demonstrate a never give up attitude, to get back in the mix for the last three games. WE HAVE MADE OURSELVES THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE LEAGUE!!! Can you imagine any of our direct competitors giving up three points in that matter. Next up Man City – god help our sorry, overpaid lazy arses.

chris
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chris
6 years 5 months ago

anyone know what usual sh1te has come out of wengers mouth after the game yet?

Roy
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Roy
6 years 5 months ago

Speechless.
Why did Fabianski play? If it was the shop window that’s a double cock up!
Why did RvP not come on at 2-0?
What is the point of Diaby? That silly backheel really pissed me off, it shows how they treat these games.
Almunia I hopes injured, I’m no fan I hope we get a new keeper but he clearly is out and if we get left with Fabianski.. I might cry.

shah
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shah
6 years 5 months ago

@chris: it does hurt we need a real winger on the left

Ahmed
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Ahmed
6 years 5 months ago

I do not recommend supporting Arsenal for the weak-hearted.. 6 YEARS OF DROUGHT AND DISAPPOINTMENTS. And I don’t give a damn about this match coz it was already over.
THIS TEAM NEEDS DRASTIC CHANGES!!!–> DO YOU HEAR ME WENGER?!

Joe
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Joe
6 years 5 months ago

That was not a fantastic Wigan fightback; that was a capitulation by Arsenal who don’t know and haven’t learned how to kill games off. My belief is finally gone and my patience is wearing thin. We need to seriously bulk up ahead of the new season, get our key players back to full fitness, get our team of crap keepers (and goalkeeping coach) out the door, bring in a full defence (with ample cover built in). I’m embarrassed and p**sed off.

majanizzleee
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majanizzleee
6 years 5 months ago

mentally strong! :DD joke

Jack
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Jack
6 years 5 months ago
HAHAHA. I have to laugh or I think I might actually cry after that woeful last 20 minutes. After the 2nd Goal, we gave up. We didn’t go foward for the 3rd at all, which is strangely unlike us. I didn’t really see the point of Merida coming on when it was at 2-1….Eboue, thats fine but why Merida? Surely, throw Robin on instead…. Apparently Almunia had an “injury”….Bullshit. He’s been dropped and Fabianski didnt do himself any favours either. Maybe Mannone will get a game next week. Then Wenger will release that he’s got 3 utterly shit ‘keepers and… Read more »
ex-gun
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ex-gun
6 years 5 months ago

will i continue a gunner? i don’t need 2 have a friend either.

harrison
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harrison
6 years 5 months ago

anyone saying wenger should be sacked is a moron it was the players that lost the game today not wenger, we were shit we were lacklustre and didn’t show any of the determination that has got us this far i think we found out today we need a new cb and keeper but we ain’t that far from winning it we just weren’t up for it which is painful to see

chris
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chris
6 years 5 months ago

i still cant believe what i saw.. did we really, ARSENAL FC, just lose to WIGAN after leading 2-0 with 10 minutes to go? …

It really is a sad sad state of affairs nowadays isn’t it..

ex-gun
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ex-gun
6 years 5 months ago

Will i continue a gunner? No, don’t wanna have a friend either. An absolutely immoral team to support 4 love of failure!.

tounsi
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tounsi
6 years 5 months ago
wenger is a fucking ass hole and unreasonably obstinate,how he never learned from his fucking mistakes ,why he played that disaster goal keeper,Mannonea showed a great skill in the beginning of the season ,why not him,Eastmond shouldnt play at all,he is so fragile ,THE WIGAN players were passing him so easy,i cant fucking believe it,why sagna still playing on the right back ,why not Eboue ,wenger get the fuck out plz ,players didnt show any commitments at all they were not fighting for the ball ,they didnt show any respect for the funs,we should to root out a lot of… Read more »
Michael
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Michael
6 years 5 months ago
Arsenal is really lucky to be sitting at third place right now because if it was earlier in the season playing this kind of shit they would be facing relegation now. This team doesn’t look like scoring or winning anything. Very sloppy football. Diaby and Rosisky just spins around and around on the field going now where. In the game against Tottenham we never looked like scoring until RVP came on. We had 70% – 30% ball possession in that game with about 2 weak shots on goal. Now we come back leading 2-0 with 10 mins and get 3-2.… Read more »
papi
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papi
6 years 5 months ago

AW! Arsene Wenger is the most stupid and Useless coach I ever seen so far becuase can you imaging,how can we loss points at this time of the season.
what happen RVP and Almunia are they preparing for CL.

Joe
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Joe
6 years 5 months ago
Im not so much angry as I am disappointed. Fabianski had a decent game up until his horror mistake. Dont know why people are complaining about diaby, he did well, set up the chance for theo (who was anonymous in the second half). WHYYYYY bring merida on? put rvp on instead! what the fuck is fran merida gonna do when we are 2-1 up? he cant defend, at least van persie could have scored. New goalkeeper needed, our current first choice two are shocking. Get a decent backup defender instead of silvestre, get a decent forward and some back-up players… Read more »
andre
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andre
6 years 5 months ago

arsenal need real winger

Wengerr
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Wengerr
6 years 5 months ago

“He is a top-class goalkeeper,” declared Wenger. “I repeat that many times and you will see that one day, I am right”.

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-euro-win-vital-for-fabianski

Gooner
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Gooner
6 years 5 months ago

If you want to get a title, you got to have a squad like the top 10 teams in Europe. Arsenal Squad is even worse than Man City overall now. We never had a strong bench, nor had a top class striker such as Torres in Reds, Drogba in Chelsea or Rooney in Man U.

Let’s hope for next year.

James H
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James H
6 years 5 months ago

What the actual hell was that about!? Wenger you got it all wrong mate. Why take off Walcott who was our best player today? Why wasn’t the none event Nasri taken of instead? And why hte hell did Van the man only get three minutes on the pitch? Even still, he was mroe effective than Bendtner in three minutes than Bendtner was throughout the entire match.

Jesus Christ, it really is a sorry state of affairs that we need three goals to kill of a team like Wigan. The worst second half performance i have ever seen.

Angry fan
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Angry fan
6 years 5 months ago
The thing is. We can all see what is wrong with the team. We can all see who needs to be sold coz they are not up to the level needed. But why can’t the manager? Is he going mad? Or being stubbon? I’m sick of feeling like the world is going to end everytime I watch arsenal lose. This is fucking not good enough. Enough is enough now. Please change this team. It hasn’t worked and it needs sorting out now. Before it’s too late. How long are players like cesc gonna stay if this keeps happening? Let me… Read more »
ex-gun
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ex-gun
6 years 5 months ago

Thak u mr wenger n boys, dis ma last day as arsenal fan, no more game, no more shame.extremely devastating!

an arse worth having
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an arse worth having
6 years 5 months ago

@ ex-gun Well, bye then!

chris
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chris
6 years 5 months ago

i just want the season to end now.. 3rd is looking good now for a team so sh1t.. the squad depth has been truly shown up recently..
OUTS: Everyone for sale except cesc, rvp, vermaelen..
As long as neither fabianski nor almunia are anywhere near arsenal next season i will be happy!

Danish Gooner
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Danish Gooner
6 years 5 months ago

That is why Wenger has never gone to Spain,would anyone imagine Fabianski in Real Marid colours,the madristas would execute him right there and then and would send Wenger packing.

Gooner
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Gooner
6 years 5 months ago

@Joe:

Fabianski was never really tested before the first wigan goal and you will never see a player who loses the ball more than Abou Diaby in the primer league.

Danish Gooner
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Danish Gooner
6 years 5 months ago

I am gonna start a revolution if they offer him 3 more years.

ARSENAL B
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ARSENAL B
6 years 5 months ago
HAHAHHAHAHAHHA WAT A JOKE OF A TEAM. IM SORRY WE LOST COS OF WENGER’S RETARDED TACTICS AND I KNOW IT. I DONT WANT WENGER TO BE SACKED,BUT IF HE WORKED IN ANYOTHER JOB HE WOULD OF BEEN SACKED. HIM & PAT RICE’S TACICS WRE JUST SOOOO STUPID OMG……TO GO UP AND TELL DIABY 2 SEAT BACK,TO NOT GET VAN PERSIE ON B4 ALL THIS SHIT HAPPENED IS JUST ANNOYING. WE ARE A TEAM UNDER ACHIEVIN TEAM AND THAT STARTS WITH WENGER. OH NOBODY THINKS WE LOST ATLEAST 15 POINTS ON GOALKEEPING ERRORS? AS I WAS WATCHIN THIS TEAM LET 3… Read more »
rpn_arsenalfc
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rpn_arsenalfc
6 years 5 months ago

WENGER YOU ARE REALLY SHIT!!! FUCK U… I NEVER THOUGHT BEFORE THAT I WILL SAY THAT WORD LIKE THIS, BUT THIS TIME YOU HAVE TO GET OUT FROM ARSENAL!!!

Ehsan
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Ehsan
6 years 5 months ago

Ex gun go fuck urself

Davi
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Davi
6 years 5 months ago

You have to say as well the ref was absolutely shocking.
At least 3 times one of their players barged into one of ours and he gave a freekick to wigan – including a fk against sagna that started all the pressure that led to their equaliser.
Although its still up to the players to stand up to pressure better than that, fabianski in particular today, you have to say this sort of refereeing just happens far too often and we always seem to lose out because of it.

ken
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ken
6 years 5 months ago

This is unbeliavable. I am still disturbed, I feeling like calling my boss for a monday off. How? What is the f**k with Diaby. He has been takin things for granted and yes wenger bluffed. Why VP was given only 3mins cannot be comprehended. Had he come off earlier we could have scared the Lactics. It was also wrong to sub Rosicky for Merida, he had kept the entire right side of Wigan busy and Wigan exposed that when he was subbed. As for Fabianski go well boy and try your chance in the championship.I am so sick

fraster
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fraster
6 years 5 months ago

It was a terrible game at 2nd half, after 2-0 we played at our worst…And what on earth could make van Persie with ONE MINUTE TO FINISH??

Arse&Nose
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Arse&Nose
6 years 5 months ago

Diaby was a complete joke. Lazy and couldn’t give a toss when he lost the ball.
Sol Campbell was the only one who was worthy of wearing the shirt today.

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