3 goals in 8 minutes sent the 2013 FA cup champions to the championship in the 2nd half of their visit to the emirates stadium. Wigan, basking with their FA cup glory 3 days ago against the Citizens of Manchester, came to North London hoping to usurp Arsenal’s Champions League chase and win their relegation war.
I feared for a state of emergency at the emirates if the gunners dont pick up 3 points but they put my fears to rest by going one further than i predicted. Nigeria’s GEJ had declared a state of emergency in 3 states about 30mins before the kick off. There would be none at ashburton groove as the game ended 4-1.
Wigan have craved for themselves a niche of fighting relegation every season and last year they stole 3 points from the emirates and did same to Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle. Facing Wigan at the tail part of the season is like facing Bayern Munich with the form that despathhed Barcelona.
Podolski grabbed a goal within 10mins before Mike Dean awarded a soft free kick for Maloney to beat Szczesny on the stroke of half time. Szcsesny saved arsenal earlier on in the 2nd half from Kone’s shot before the 8 minutes gaols fiesta started: Walcott with his 21st of the season, Podolski with his double for the night and Ramsey for his 1st premeir league goal of the season. (who dies next?)
only one player has featured in all 37 league matches for the gunners: Santi Cazorla. In recent games, resurgent Rosicky has displaced the spanaird from the AMF role to the left wing with Podolski seemingly off form. Santa Santi Cazorla was my MOTM with 4 assists for the night. His corner gave the 1st, his low cross gave Walcot his, his heas-on gave podolski’s flick-on goal and he laid the ball for Ramsey to aplomb.
The team played very well especially in the 2nd half. Sagna and gibbs were on to nullify espinoza and Mcmanaman; Kos was the boss as ever partnered by the gentle german giant, as they snuffed Kone of chances. Ramsey choked McArthur and tackled on as Arteta was Arteta. Szczesny responded well and caused the 3rd goal; Rosicky twisted and Walcot ran and Podolski did his job. For the first time since 2002, more than 3 arsenal players have double figures on goal.
For Wigan, we aren’t City, Gibbs isn’t Clichy and we have Rambo and Kos the boss. The Lactics have survived for 8 seasons and I personally feel sad like wenger that the 9-lives cat has lost his life finally. I feel for Roberto Martinez but they would be in Europe next season thanks to the FA cup in their cabinet. Football is a drama series.
Now we can focus on our last game against Newcastle and maybe surpass Chelsea. Hope Everton give Moyes a sendforth victory over Chelsea and Sunderland pay us back by thrashing the white Hen at the 5th Cage.
I support Benfica tonight but I would follow the week 12 fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League in the evening.
What a night.