WIGAN vs ARSENAL: Confirmed Lineups and Preview

 Reigning Champions Wigan take on Arsenal at Wembley to reach the FA Cup final

By @BETFUZE

Wigan Team

Carson, Perch, Boyce, Ramis, Crainey, McArthur, McEachran, McManaman, Beausejour, Gomez, Fortune

Subs

Al Habsi, Barnett, Caldwell, Maloney, Espinoza, Collison, Powell

Arsenal

Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanogo

Subs

Szczesny, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Kallstrom, Akpom, Eisfeld, Giroud

 

Just over a year ago, Wigan lifted the FA Cup

This is the biggest game of the season for Arsenal, having faltered in their title bid in recent weeks. The gunners have tripped up in the Premier League having spent the most amount of days at the top of the table, but now battle to clutch onto fourth place. Pressure has been turnt up on Arsene Wenger who has failed to a deliver any silverware into the Arsenal trophy cabinet in 16 years. They will not have a much better chance to end this baron run considering the only teams left in the competition are; Wigan, Sheffield United and Hull City. However, despite their superior stature, nerves may creep into the Arsenal dressing room and a budding list of injuries make this fixture far from a foregone conclusion.

“We are the massive underdogbut we have presented ourselves so far in a very, very good way. We’ve made our supporters proud and we’re going to Wembley; we can’t lose, we can only win.” Uwe Rolser (Wigan manager)

Wigan will take great confidence from their 2-1 win over Manchester City in the previous round at the Etihad. The Citizens have only been beaten on their own patch one other time this year, coming in the form of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side. There have been 20 encounters between Wigan and Arsenal during the reign of Arsene Wenger, to which the Frenchman has come out as winner on 15 occasions.

Team news 

Wigan

  • Loanees Jack Collison, Nick Powell, Josh McEachran and Nicky Maynard are all eligible to play
  • James McArthur and Callum McManaman are likely to be restored to the starting XI
  • Rob Kiernan and Martyn Waghorn are cup-tied

Arsenal

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Kieran Gibbs face late fitness tests
  • Mathieu Flamini is suspended
  • Laurent Koscielny and Serge Gnabry miss out with injury

FORM GUIDE (Last 5 games)

Wigan

Wigan 0-1 Millwall
Wigan 1-0 Leeds
Wigan 2-2 Leicester
Bolton 1-1 Wigan
QPR 1-0 Wigan

 

Arsenal

Everton 3-0 Arsenal
Arsenal 1-1 Man City
Arsenal 2-2 Swansea
Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal
Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal

 

HEAD TO HEAD (Last 5 games)

Arsenal 4-1 Wigan
Wigan 0-1 Arsenal
Arsenal 1-2 Wigan
Wigan 0-4 Arsenal
Arsenal 3-0 Wigan

 

Statistics

  • Wigan are unbeaten in their last 12 FA Cup matches
  • The Latics have won their last two matches at the new Wembley, not conceding a goal
  • Arsenal have lost both of their previous matches at the new Wembley by a 2-1 scoreline
  • Thomas Vermaelen has four goals in his last four starts against Wigan

 

 

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