Wigan Athletic 0 Arsenal 1 – Arteta penalty lifts Gunners to third

Arsenal thrashed Reading 5-2 on Monday night although it was a solitary goal that helped the Gunners to third in the Premier League table on Saturday, something which will ease some of the pressure on Arsene Wenger’s shoulders.

Wigan Athletic 0 Arsenal 1 – Arteta penalty lifts Gunners to third

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December 22nd, 2012

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There was little between Arsenal and Wigan, with the home side creating lots of chances but it was the visitors that walked away with all three points after Theo Walcott was fouled in the area and up stepped Mikel Arteta to score in the 60th minute.

It was highly debatable as to whether there was much contact as Walcott went tumbling in the penalty area although it will matter little and Arsenal temporarily hold third place until Chelsea and Tottenham play their matches later this weekend.

Jean Beausejour was the culprit for Wigan and the Chilean winger was also profligate with possession in attack, spurning the chance to create goal scoring chances for Aruna Kone who had an excellent opportunity to put his side in front during the first half.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was superb for Arsenal and could have fired his team into an early lead but for Al Habsi’s save at the near post, while Santi Cazorla once again impressed for the Gunners in midfield.

Wigan remain in the bottom three of the relegation zone, while Arsenal have something of a break after their Boxing Day match against West Ham was postponed.

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