Lukas Podolski, Arsenal
Arsenal Update : Arsenal 4-1 Wigan
Arsenal's goals were scored by Podolski (11', 68'), Walcott (63') and Ramsey (71') and Wigan's goalscorer was Maloney (45').
Wigan become the first club in Premier League history to win the FA Cup yet get relegated in the same season.
Arsenal moved up over the Spurs into fourth place in the Champions League battle. Watch Arsenal clash with Newcastle next!
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After winning the FA Cup, bottom of the table Wigan Athletic clashed with mighty Arsenal in an attempt to avoid relegation tonight rather than on the last weekend of the season,
Arsenal went into today's clash with Wigan Athletic having not played for 10 days - but desperately in need of a victory to earn their 16th successive Champions League campaign.
There is a fierce fight going on to achieve top four placement in the Premiership. Arsenal are back in fourth place behind Man United, Man City, and FC Chelsea.
Man United, Man City and Chelsea have already secured Champions League football for the 2013-14 season.
Wigan did not even come close to winning against Arsenal - and they will be relagated.
Wigan earned a recent shocking victory over second place Manchester City in the FA Cup final due to Ben Watson's end-time header.
“Yes, we are both in the same situation,” said Arsène Wenger ahead of Tuesday’s winner-takes-all game with Wigan at Emirates Stadium according to an interview of the veteran Arsenal manager on the club's official website, arsenal.com. “But it’s not down to us to decide who goes down. At the end of the day, it's the number of points which decides that. The number of points rewards the consistency of the team throughout the season.”
“Yes, we are specialists at this time of year,” said Wenger. “But what is more important is that we are on a remarkable run. We have a good spirit, a good understanding within the squad, so let’s just continue to play. The best thing to do is focus on our game.
“Congratulations to them for what they have achieved in the cup but we want to finish the job in the Premier League and win our game.
“You look at yourself and they look at themselves. We will not send them down if we beat them, it is the whole season that sends you down. When they look back they will look more at the Swansea game.
“I feel Wigan have a bit repeated every year, they always recover in the period where everybody says they are finished. Of course they just get out every time in recent years but when you play with that fire every year it can be dangerous.”
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky; Walcott, Podolski, Cazorla
Wigan: Joel, Alcaraz, Boyce, Scharner, Espinoza, McCarthy, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, McArthur, Kone
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