• English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 12:45pm
  • DW Stadium
  • Attendance: 21,754
  • Arteta, pen 60

live commentary

90+4 mins: FULL TIME! It's a third straight Premier League win for Arsenal who leapfrog Spurs and Chelsea to go third (for now) thanks to Arteta's penalty, while Wigan stay in the bottom three over Christmas for the third successive year. Thanks for following and for all your texts, a full report will follow.

90+3 mins: Wide from McArthur! A cross comes in from the left and he ushers it across goal with a soft volley but it drops wide of Szczesny's far post!

90+2 mins: Arsenal sub - Koscielny comes on for Cazorla.

90+1 mins: Two big handball shouts in a minute from Wigan as shots are charged down in the box, neither of them given! The first one from Gomez which hit Gibbs looked nailed on!

90 mins: Wigan are doing all the pressing in the final minutes - and there's four of 'em added on at the DW Stadium.

88 mins: Figueroa crosses and picks out McArthur on the edge of the box but his header's way off target. Wigan make another change, the hard-working Maloney making way for Gomez.

Billy Bob Bruce jr, London: "Looks like james from woking wont be winning his bet. walcott to score next, 2 nil arsenal"

87 mins: Maloney picks up a soft booking for using his arm to lever Coquelin off the ball.

84 mins: Wigan win a corner on the left, it's headed on and McManaman tries to get it back in from the right, it hits Sagna and then clocks the Wigan man's hand before going out for a goalkick.

81 mins: Arsenal sit back for a few minutes and soak up the pressure. Stam crosses from the right along the six-yard box looking for Kone but Mertesacker cuts it out just infront of the keeper. The corner's headed away first time to Figueroa, he has a crack from distance but it's always rising.

James, Woking: "have £500 on a draw come on di santo meh"

78 mins: Second change for the Gunners as Coquelin comes on for Podolski who has had an anonymous afternoon.

77 mins: First change for Wigan, McManaman on for Di Santo.

David, Barnsley: "thought the gunners would miss the best striker in prem today in giroud however showing no sign of weakness, podolski to score next!"

75 mins: Wenger makes his first change, Ramsey replacing Oxlade-Chamberlain.

73 mins: Chance for Wigan! McArthur tees up Jones 22 yards out and he rattles it just past the right post! Szczesny was rooted to the spot.

Jean, Kirkby: "Come on Wigan you are not out of this yet !!!"

71 mins: The Gunners win a corner on the left, it's cleared, put back in by Gibbs but Al-Habsi punches clear.

68 mins: Oh dear - turns out that Di Santo was sent to the sidelines because he was wearing an earring, and had to take it out. The modern footballer, eh?

David, Barnsley: "NA na NA na Na na NA NA NA NA........GIROUDDDDDD!!"

66 mins: This is bizarre. Di Santo is sent to the sidelines by the ref, almost as if he's got a blood injury and needs it tending to. There's no injury, but he's kept on the sidelines - and Wigan down to ten men - for three minutes. He's bemused, Wigan boss Martinez isn't happy, and he's eventually waved back on. It's as if ref Moss has introduced a sin-bin while Di Santo cools down! Amid all that there's a half chance as Walcott steps over a cross expecting Arteta to convert behind him, but Boyce was there instead to clear.

63 mins: Di Santo clips Gibbs after the ball's gone and then gets a talking to from the ref, more about his constant mouthing off rather than the foul.

60 mins: ARTETA SCORES FROM THE SPOT! He gives Al-Habsi the eyes, sees him make a move and puts it to the right! There's boos around the DW Stadium but I don't think they can complain about the spot-kick.

59 mins: PENALTY TO ARSENAL! Walcott's clipped by Beausejour as he cuts into the right of the box! Arteta steps up...

56 mins: Figueroa cuts out a cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain at the near post after good work and a nice stepover from the Arsenal man to get the ball in. The Gunners are looking more dangerous this half but are still lacking that killer final ball.

Ray, Liverpool: "Wigan need to punish misses like Walcott's."

53 mins: Arsenal win a free-kick which Podolski wastes, curling it into the wall. The ball pings around in the box but Arsenal can't get a shot in.

Carl, Shropshire: "What is it about trying to side foot the ball in. Why don't they just hit it?!!!"

50 mins: Great chance spurned by Walcott! Cazorla beats the offside trap down the right and pulls back to Walcott who sidefoots straight at Al-Habsi from ten yards!

48 mins: Great run from Maloney down the left leaving Sagna for dead, but Mertesacker puts in a decent challenge at full stretch, enough to put the Wigan man off as he fires over as he runs out of shooting space.

46 mins: The Gunners get the second half started with no changes to report, Wigan playing left to right now.

Baz, London: "Wigan looking very lively. I am going to say 1-1. I hope though the Gooners can win and pick up some more momentum."

45+2 mins: That's half time! A reasonably entertaining first 45 at a saturated DW Stadium. Kone blew the chance of the half when one-on-one with Szczesny, putting his finish woefully wide. Keep your thoughts coming via the box on the right, and join me for the second half from 1350.

45 mins: There's two minutes added on as Maloney hacks down Wilshere - it's a great personal battle between the two - but the ref keeps his cards in his pocket. Wilshere will feel hard done by as he also got a nasty stamp on his ankle earlier in the half, but to his credit he's not complaining.

44 mins: Superb sliding tackle by Figueroa at full stretch to deny Oxlade-Chamberlain on the edge of the box.

41 mins: Wilshere's first in the book - and it's a ridiculous decision. It's a hefty challenge on Maloney from the side but Wilshere gets the ball, Maloney's not hurt and doesn't even appeal for a free-kick, yet ref Moss brings out the card while surrounded by Wigan players. I thought this was football, not a bleedin' tickling contest.

39 mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a corner for the Gunners down the right. The big men make their way up, Walcott takes and finds Arteta who can't control and Wigan clear their lines.

36 mins: Appeals for handball when Gibbs cuts out Stam's cross from the right but ref Moss is having none of it.

35 mins: First chance for Walcott as the ball drops to him on his left peg but his snapshot is blocked in the box. We've got a very open game in the rain with decent chances for both sides - especially that woeful miss by Kone when he was one-on-one.

32 mins: Di Santo gets to the line down the left, then comes back infield and delivers a teasing ball across the box but it's a few yards in front of his team-mates.

29 mins: McArthur finds Stam down the right with a lovely ball but his cross along the line is easy for an unchallenged Szczesny.

27 mins: Beausejour gives away a free-kick on the right for a foul on Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arteta curls it in to the back post but the ball's headed clear just ahead of Vermaelen.

24 mins: Gahhhh! That deserved a better fate. WHAT a stunning ball with the outside of the boot from the centre circle by Di Santo to set Kone free through the middle, leaving Mertesacker in his wake. He bears down on Szczesny and look to slot it inside the right post but puts it three yards wide!

20 mins: Beausejour curls in a high ball in from the left but it's over-hit and Szczesny calmy waves it past his back stick.

18 mins: Maloney needs to go off to get some goo put on a cut after an accidental clash of heads with Sagna.

17 mins: Podolski gets his first glimpse of goal but the ball bobbles a little just as he strikes it on the run, hoofing way into the stand from the edge of the area.

14 mins: Promising Wigan attack but Kone's final ball into the box asks too much of Di Santo and Szczesny gathers on the slide.

Not Chris, Weymouth: "im going to go crazy and say CLEAN SHEET ARSENAL!"

12 mins: Rampaging run by Kone through midfield, he should then slip it to his right where Stam's unmarked but he strikes it himself from 30 yards, a deflection and the soggy pitch taking all the sting out of it - Szczesny gathers with ease.

11 mins: Cazorla's flick sets Arteta free through the middle, he feeds Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right of the box who strikes to the near post, Al-Habsi beating it round the upright for a corner! It's like a cheap Christmas cake though - fruitless.

8 mins: The flag's up against Kone after his makes his run too early looking for a ball over the top.

7 mins: Di Santo does well to keep a lost cause in by the right corner flag, but this time his ball in is nowehere near a blue and white shirt and Arsenal bring it away.

5 mins: Positive start by the Latics too, three crosses being put into the Arsenal box including a tasty one from Di Santo looking for Kone but it's cleared just ahead of him.

3 mins: Walcott floats the corner in but McCarthy emphatically clear.

2 mins: Arsenal are out the traps quick-smart and win a corner on the right after good work by Sagna.

0 mins: The Latics get us under way playing right to left on a soggy but perfectly playable pitch, Arsenal in their usual red and white.

Ian, Eastbourne: "Afternoon Ross. For once can see an ARSENAL win. Think 2 -1. Still does not help as its papering over the cracks."

1235: Keep your predictions coming. I know it's seasonal, but you are allowed to text in if you're NOT called Chris y'know. We'll be ready to rock'n'roll at a soggy DW Stadium in 10 minutes.

Chris, Exeter: "If Walcott didnt spend so much time being a 'sick-note' just cos he wants more cash to play,Wengr wdnt have to believe he 'owes' Arsenal. 7 trophyless yrs. Bet Arsenal fans hope Wenger dont drop ANOTHER mirror!"

Chris: "Two good football teams play football on the deck take arsenal 2 1"

Chris, Darlington: "lets see how much wenger spends in january to save his season"

1210: Afternoon all, and welcome to Orange's live coverage from the lunch time Premier League encounter at the DW Stadium. Arsenal will hope another trip 'up nowf' won't end like their last one did - the almighty cock-up at Bradford. A bit of early team news for you and Theo Walcott starts in his preferred role up front as the Gunners remain unchanged from the team that cruised to victory at Reading. I'll bring you live commentary from 1245, but in the mean time use the box on the right to send me your score predictions, bets, Christmas wishes or personal problems.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 12:45pm
  • DW Stadium
  • Attendance: 21,754
  • Arteta, pen 60

match report

Mikel Arteta's second half penalty was enough to hoist Arsenal into the top four with a battling 1-0 victory at stubborn Wigan.

It was tough luck on the Latics who would have dragged themselves out of the drop zone with a win and their survival concerns will weigh heavily over the Christmas table after suffering a sixth league defeat in eight matches.

Meanwhile, the festive cheer continues for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and his merry men as they came away from the DW Stadium with a third successive league triumph for the first time in nine months.

The lively Arouna Kone and Shaun Maloney pushed forward for some late consolation and a desperate penalty shout in injury time with the ball crashing off the arm of Kieran Gibbs provided some late drama, but it was the north Londoners who held on.

Wigan may have started the match languishing at the wrong end of the table, but they more than played their part in a largely lively and open contest in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

Roberto Martinez's tenacious men had Ali Al Habsi's strong hands to thank to keep out their visitors as the keeper shut out stinging shots from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski in the first 10 minutes.

Hunting their first win in a month, few would have expected too many Wigan fireworks going forward but Kone had the perfect opportunity midway through the first half.

The dashing Ivorian was sent clear through the static Gunners defence and with the sluggish centre-half Per Mertesacker left gasping, the striker was unable to compose himself and dragged the ball wide.

Although the festive entertainment fizzed out towards the interval, Oxlade-Chamberlain's bag of tricks and pace on the right wing immediately after the break looked ominous.

The England winger's hooked pass to Theo Walcott deserved greater reward, as the striker's weak shot from six yards will not have done his push for a regular central role up front too many favours.

Just two minutes later, though, Walcott's lively artistry with Santi Cazorla broke the deadlock.

Jean Beausejour clumsily tackled Walcott from behind and despite the wolf whistles from the home faithful, there was little protest from the players and Arteta calmly slotted in from 12 yards.

All would have been swiftly forgotten a minute later as Beausejour charged down the left and with his colleagues screaming for a telling cross, the Chilean midfielder curled the ball narrowly over.

Conceding on the hour kicked life into the hosts and keeper Wojciech Szczesny had to be alert to keep out Maynor Figueroa and a low drive from the increasingly menacing Kone.

Arsenal have a history of cruising to 1-0 wins but Wenger will not have enjoyed the last few minutes of this encounter.

Wigan poured forward into the box and the French boss will have been hugely relieved to see the referee refusing to point to the spot after Jordi Gomez fired in a shot at Gibbs.

And with the last kick of the game, James McArthur narrowly missed out on an equaliser with a drilled effort to leave Wenger producing a rare smile as his side climbed to third in the Premier League.

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team line-up

26Ali Al-Habsi
31Maynor Figueroa
17Emmerson Boyce
4James McCarthy
22Jean Beausejour
6David Jones
16James McArthur
23Ronnie Stam
9Franco Di Santo77
10Shaun Maloney89
2Arouna Koné


25Roman Golobart
20Fraser Fyvie
19Mauro Boselli
15Callum McManaman77
14Jordi Gómez89
12Michael Pollitt
5Gary Caldwell


Jonathan Moss

team line-up

1Wojciech Szczesny
28Kieran Gibbs
4Per Mertesacker
3Bacary Sagna
5Thomas Vermaelen
15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain75
8Mikel Arteta
19Santiago Cazorla92
9Lukas Podolski79
10Jack Wilshere
14Theo Walcott


23Andrey Arshavin
25Carl Jenkinson
16Aaron Ramsey75
22Francis Coquelin79
24Vito Mannone
6Laurent Koscielny92


Jonathan Moss

match stats

possession %5049
shots on target34
shots off target92
tackles won1611