Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Preview: Wigan v Arsenal - Burying the Wigan hatchet

Tonight sees Arsenal traveling to the DW stadium, where they take on Wigan Athletic on the back of an emphatic home victory over Chelsea. Despite the convincing nature of the Gunners victory, there still remains unanswered questions on their ability to go the distance with the likes of the trophy-laden Manchester Utd. And rightfully so one could argue, since despite their current league position of 2nd, we have already seen the similar inconsistencies to their previous campaign, with the surprising home defeats to West Brom, Newcastle and Spurs.

Tonight's match provides the Gunners with an opportunity to bury the hatchet which effectively killed off their 2009/2010 title challenge. The Gunners lost this fixture last year 3-2, and they will recall with painful memory the fact that with 10 minutes of the 90 left, the Arsenal were cruising 2 nil, and some how they contrived to concede 3 goals to surrender the 3 points which would at the time have taken them to within 3 points of the eventual champions Chelsea.

Fabianski (often referred to as Flapianski) particularly will feel the need to banish the memory of his league debut for Arsenal at the DW, as he gifted Titus Bramble the equaliser when he dropped what appeared to be a routine corner.

Eight months have passed, and the Pole has established himself as the #1 in the poles. By all accounts he has dealt with the psychological damage of the previous encounter at the DW, but he still has some convincing to do before the Arsenal faithful start singing his name from the rooftops!

We never know what to expect from this Wigan side, but then neither do we know what to expect from the Gunners? The one thing I do expect from this fixture is goals, if the Gunners can win by 5 they will go top on goal difference ... right now all I am hoping for is the 3 points!

Come on you Gooners, bury the hatchet!

No comments: