Arsenal 4 – 0 Wigan
Firstly, major apologies for the lack of Match Day Prview and Match Day Live this weekend… With three of my closest friends holding important events on Friday and Saturday, it was virtually impossible to get any access to the net and as a result, missed out on our usual match day discussions… I did however manage to make it down to the game – for what was a great day out at the Emirates…
Time for a match report! Okay, let’s start off with the team that started today:
Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Song – Diaby
Eboue – Cesc – Eduardo
Rosicky and Bendtner were on the bench along with the usual suspects Ramsey, Wilshere, Gibbs, Silvestre and substitute goal keeper Szczesny.
We continued with our 4-3-3 formation, which we look like we’re adapting too well. There was a good feeling around the ground pre-game, with the only disappointment being the lack of Wigan fans… with only a couple of hundred turning up and the result showed why the support didn’t come from the away team.
You could tell from the kick off that we were determined to put on a show, and we started on fire. Cesc playing in Clichy behind their right back and if their defender hadn’t cut it out, it would have been 1-0 to the home team. You could sense a goal was coming soon and the continual fouling by Wigan allowed us to have several free kicks around the edge of the area. Van Persie came very very close and he really is due a free kick soon. We were definitely the better team and really dominated the proceedings… Eboue nearly had the ball in the back of the net but hand balled in the process to earn himself a yellow card.
Wigan were very physical and the persistent fouls on Cesc, the sandwich of Van Persie, an elbow on Gallas just three highlights into the 18 or 19 fouls they had throughout the game.
The first goal came through a set piece – something that we’re getting much better at this season, as Van Persie curled an excellent corner into the box and who was there? None other than our new Summer signing Thomas Vermaelen. What a signing. He rose beyond his size suggests above two Wigan players to glance the ball into the net. Excellent stuff.
Shortly after, some excellent play from Van Persie saw Eboue in one on one with the keeper, and it was agonizingly close to 2-0. But the half ended with a spell of pressure from Wigan as they tried to get an equaliser before half time. Our play was a little bit sketchy defensively, and a few corners and goal mouth scrambles did have me a little worried.
But we were always creating chances and we went straight down the other end and some brilliant play from Eduardo showed Van Persie in but saved by the keeper. A crazy moment later saw Van Persie and Eduardo both free in the box, both onside and both unmarked. Van Persie was the man in possession and it seemed easy to score than to miss. But with his back to goal, Van Persie elected to shoot on the swivel and instead of a quick pass to Eduardo to finish, the ball