MOTD- Arsenal 4-1 Wigan Athletic

Wigan players moan after going down at the Emirates

Wigan players moan after going down at the Emirates

Wigan Athletic continue their big week as they are relegated from the Premier League with a 4-1 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.  Only three days after The Lactics won their first FA Cup, the side has been relegated to the Championship for the first time since 2005.  The result is also massively important for Arsenal, and the win takes them above Tottenham Hotspur into fourth place, setting the stage for a dramatic final weekend of Premier League football for the season.

A strong start to the match lead to Arsenal almost taking the lead in the sixth minute, but Santi Cazorla headed Theo Walcott’s cross from the right inches wide of the near post.  Arsenal’s strong start continued, with the Gunners playing at an exhilarating tempo.  Arsene Wenger’s side look sure to score, and Lukas Podolski finally gave them the lead in the tenth minute off a corner.  Cazorla chipped the ball into the box, a strange method for a cross, and it bounced right across the box before meeting the unmarked head of Podolski, who headed it past the Wigan defenders guarding the line into the back of the net from six yards out. Continue reading

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MOTD preview- Arsenal v Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic are set to travel to The Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in a highly important match for both sides. Wigan currently sit in eighteenth place in the Premier League, and need at least a draw to maintain their hopes of staying up. Arsenal on the other hand sit at the other end of the table in fifth place, and will be looking to go above Tottenham Hotspur into fourth place with a win, heavily increasing their chances of a top-four finish. Both sides know they desperately need the win, although it is perhaps more important to Wigan, who are on the brink of being relegated. The two sides will also be confident about gaining the three points, as they have both been on excellent form. Arsenal have been unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions, winning seven out of those nine matches and drawing twice. Wigan have only lost twice in their last eleven matches, and come off the back of a stunning 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final to win the FA Cup for the first time.

Although Arsenal have recently had the upper hand in this fixture, winning four of the previous six meetings, Wigan will be looking to pull if an upset as they did the last time they faced Arsenal at the Emirates when the beat The Gunners 2-1. But whether The Lactics can pull off the upset of not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review right here on Football Every Day!

MOTD- Manchester CIty 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Wigan score their dramatic late winner to seal their first FA Cup title ever

Wigan score their dramatic late winner to seal their first FA Cup title ever

Wigan Athletic have stunningly won their first ever FA Cup, with The Lactics earning an outstanding 1-0 win over Manchester City through Ben Watson’s injury time goal. The Lactics were competing in their first ever FA Cup final, and became the first side since 1988 to win the trophy after reaching the final for the first time. Although City were given the chance to win the cup for the second time in three years, they failed to grasp what would have been an important title.

City were the dominant side in the opening minutes, and Yaya Toure almost put Roberto Mancini’s side in front after only four minutes with a fierce dipping volley from the edge of the box that Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles brilliantly pushed wide. Wigan settled into the game though, with Callum McManaman coming close to opening the scoring for Wigan in the eighth minute. Arouna Kone sent McManaman in down the right, and after taking the into space in the right side of the City box, the McMananman cut back onto his left foot and curled an effort just wide of the far post. Continue reading

MOTD preview- Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

Manchester City are set to take on Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final, with City aiming to win the trophy for the second time in three years.  City are in safe second place in the Premier League, and barring a miracle, they will stay there.  Wigan on the other hand are battling hard to stay in the Premier League, and will need a win in their last two matches is they are to stay up. On top of that, David Moyes has left Everton for Manchester United, leaving Wigan manager Roberto Martinez favorite for the job, resulting in Martinez having to bat away questions about the job instead of spending time preparing for the final.  Although City have no such problems, a loss for them would most likely see manager Roberto Mancini’s future put in further doubt as it is rumored City have approached Manuel Pellegrini about replacing Mancini.

It will take an upset for Wigan to claim the title, and although they held Tottenham Hotspur to a draw and beat West Bromwich Albion recently, they have not been on the best of form.  Surprisingly, City have also been on below average form, only winning two times out of their last five matches. But whether City can win the come out of their recent slump in form, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!

MOTD- Wigan Athletic 2-3 Swansea City

Swansea have stolen a valuable three points from a desperate Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium, with Roberto Martinez’s side set to be relegated to the Championship. Wigan almost had a nightmare start when Roger Espinoza gave the ball away to Wayne Routledge with a slack pass back to goalkeeper Joel Robles, but luckily for Espinoza, Routledge could only direct his shot into the side-netting. The Lactics were soon dominating though, and Swansea spent much of the first ten minutes of the match back in their own half. Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm saved Arouna Kone’s long range shot in the eighth minute, before Robles strangely picked up Gary Caldwell’s back-pass in the fifteenth minute. Ashley Williams smashed the resulting indirect free-kick from eight yards out over the bar, giving Wigan a lucky break.

Wigan kept much of the possession, but despite Shaun Malon’s menacing free-kick from twenty-five yards out dipping into the hands of Vorm in the forty-first minute,a largely forgettable first half looked to end 0-0. But, just before the end of the half, Wigan deservedly took the lead with the last kick of the half. Emerson Boyce laid it off to Ben Watson on the right, who beautifully curled a deep cross to the far post, which Vorm punched away. The ball fell to Espinoza on the edge of the box, and the Honduran hit a low first time volley that screamed by the bunch of Swansea players on the goal-line into the back of the net. Continue reading

MOTD- Everton 0-3 Wigan

Wigan get an amazing win over Everton in the FA Cup Sixth Round, scoring three goals in nearly as many minutes.  Wigan started the game brightly, but the first chance went to Everton when Kevin Mirallas played a short corner to Leighton Baines in the fourth minute.  Baines hit a whipping cross into the box to Sylvain Distin but the Frenchman’s header went just wide of the post.  From then on it was all one-way traffic, with Wigan being surprisingly dominant and created many chances.  Wigan’s first big chance came when Shaun Maloney took the ball down the left flank in the eleventh minute, cut it into the middle, and hit a beautiful curling shot that rebounded off the post.  Wigan got another chance in the eighteenth minute, but Arouna Kone’s header went just over the bar from a good position.  Everton did get one good chance in the half, and in the twentieth minute Nikica Jelavic’s low shot from outside the Wigan box forced Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles to get down to his left and push it away.

Wigan finally went ahead in the thirtieth minute when a magnificent corner bent back to the far post, and it found the head of Maynor Figueroa at the back post, and the defender’s thumping header snuck into the back of the net from six yards out.  Amazingly, Wigan got another goal just a minute later and when a horrible Phil Neville back pass was intercepted by Callum McManaman.  McManaman took the ball into the Everton box, and shot it over an oncoming Jan Mucha and into the back of the net.  Wigan didn’t stop there and incredibly scored again, just 202 seconds after Figueroa’s goal.  Kone took the ball down the left flank and cut it back for Jordi Gomez at the edge of the box, and Gomez hit a wicked first time shot that curled past a helpless Mucha and into the bottom left corner.  You could already see the game slowing down, and the rest of the first half was uneventful with Wigan going into the break  3-0 up.

Everton started the second half brightly, but that did not top their fans from loudly booing them.  Their first chance came when Marouane Fellaini struck a shot with the outside of his boot from twenty-five yards out and it hit the post but bounced out.  Everton started to apply pressure and won a few corners, but it just wasn’t their day and Wigan easily cleared all of them.  The last chance of the match was Everton’s best, but Seamus Coleman horribly missed a free header from five yards out after Mucha had parried a well struck Leon Osman volley into his path.  The miss pretty much summed up Everton’s night, and the match ended 3-0.
Man of the Match: Arouna Kone