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Wigan downs another big name in English league

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

LONDON - Wigan Athletic added to last week's surprise victory over Premier League leaders Manchester United by beating third-place Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium last night.

Two early goals turned out to be enough for Roberto Martinez's side to pull off an even more unexpected success which significantly improves their chances of avoiding relegation.

The Latics are now five points clear of third-bottom Bolton Wanderers, who have two games in hand, in a five-team tussle to avoid the drop.

The result was a blow to Arsene Wenger's Gunners' hopes of holding off the challenges of Tottenham and Newcastle and qualify for the Champions League in third place.

Had they won they would have been eight points clear of both rivals, who now each have a game in hand with which to lessen a five-point gap.

Franco Di Santo put the visitors up early was the scorer after Jordi Gomez had put him one on one with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The Pole got a touch to the Argentine's shot but the ball looped up and Di Santo was able to find the net before defenders could intervene.

It took Wigan all of a minute and a half to make it 2-0, with Gomez the scorer this time.

Victor Moses turned Sagna and delivered a cross from the left that James McArthur could not convert at the near post but Szczesny was unable to grab the ball and Gomez was there in a flash to poke home.

The home fans were shocked into silence and Arsenal made a change straight away with Mikel Arteta, seemingly having injured a foot taking a free-kick, replaced by Aaron Ramsey in the ninth minute.

Al-Habsi was soon required to make another acrobatic save to keep out a header bound for the top corner, with Benayoun again the man denied when he met Rosicky's cross.

However the Oman international didn't even move when Vermaelen powered a header past him in the 21st minute, with the Belgian leaping unchallenged to meet Rosicky's delivery from the right.

Wigan made it to half-time with their lead intact and soaked up pressure straight after the restart but Victor Moses' pace and strength saw him get the better of Sagna again.





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