In a Winter Gunnerland; ..AND WINTER BLUNDERLAND; ARTETA PENALTY SECURES POINTS FROM LATICS

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In a Winter Gunnerland; ..AND WINTER BLUNDERLAND; ARTETA PENALTY SECURES POINTS FROM LATICS


Byline: ANTHONY CLAVANE Twitter: @LUFCPromised sport@sundaymirror.co.uk

WIGAN 0

ARSENAL 1

Arteta 60 (pen)

CRISIS, what crisis? Arsenal continued to ease the pressure on Arsene Wenger with this narrow, hardfought win at a very wet Wigan.

After the dazzle at Reading, came the drive and determination at the DW Stadium.

True, they had a large slice of luck - the Latics should have had two penalties - but their under-fire boss will be pleased by the way his young Guns have bounced back.

What a difference a fortnight makes. After the humiliation of the League Cup exit at Bradford, Wenger was roundly pilloried, with several pundits calling time on the French coach.

But he has a number of reasons to be cheerful - five, in fact, the number of young British players who have just signed new long-term deals at the Emirates. One of them, Theo Walcott, playing through the middle again, has been reinvigorated.

Although he didn't add to his 11 goals scored in all competitions this season, he is clearly revelling in the central attacking role he covets.

Another, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, was in electric form on the right flank, injecting urgency into Arsenal's second-half display.

And the other two starters - Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs - showed the grit that's more needed than the glamour, if the north Londoners are going to get back into the Champions League. Wilshere, however, was bizarrely booked by Jon Moss for a perfectly good tackle on Shaun Maloney.

And Gibbs, like Thomas Vermaelen, looked to have given away a spot-kick after the break - but both were missed by the ref.

Walcott linked up well with Santi Cazorla, who scored a hat-trick in the recent 5-2 rout of Reading.

Following a one-two between the stars, Jean Beausejour brought down Walcott - and up stepped Mikel Arteta to coolly send Ali Al Habsi the wrong way from the spot.

A few minutes earlier, Al Habsi - making his 100th appearance for the club - had kept the home side in the game after the Spaniard had again set Theo up for a golden opportunity.

Wigan had two great chances to score - both of which fell to Arouna Kone.

The globe-trotting striker should have opened the scoring when he was put through by Franco Di Santo's defence-splitting pass.

But he unaccountably failed to hit the target with only Wojciech Szczesny to beat.

Then he brushed past two Arsenal defenders, only to see the visitors' keeper pull off a magnificent save.

Wigan gave it a real go, but ended up suffering an 11th defeat of the season.

Striving to avoid relegation is an annual occurrence and Roberto Martinez's men have slipped into the bottom three after a run of one point from five games.

Playing without several of their key players - including three central defenders - certainly didn't help.

Wenger paid tribute to Wigan's fighting spirit.

"They organised to stop us from playing," he said. "We didn't have the same fluency going forward.

"We won because we wanted it. It was really more about determination than domination.

"The win gives us more belief and confidence. We weren't as fluent and sharp as against Reading, but we had desire.

"Walcott did not get much service, but he was efficient and I believe in his potential in the forward position."

Martinez was bemused by the referee's inept display.

"It was a soft penalty to give them," he said. "And we should have had two penalties.

"There was also an incident where we had Di Santo off the pitch for four minutes for supposedly having an earring. But he didn't have one!

"It's not good to have 10 men on the pitch when we've done nothing wrong."

CLAVANE'S VERDICT

Lucky Arsenal scraped a narrow win, but their young Guns showed the kind of spirit needed to keep them in a Champions League spot. …

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