Arteta spot-kick sinks Wigan

Mikel Arteta's second half penalty was enough to hoist Arsenal into the top four with a battling 1-0 victory at stubborn Wigan.

Last Updated: 23/12/12 at 08:10 Post Comment

Mikel Arteta secures the spoils at a soggy DW Stadium from the spot

Mikel Arteta secures the spoils at a soggy DW Stadium from the spot

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

It was tough luck on the Latics who would have dragged themselves out of the drop zone with a win and their survival concerns will weigh heavily over the Christmas table after suffering a sixth league defeat in eight matches.

Meanwhile, the festive cheer continues for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and his merry men as they came away from the DW Stadium with a third successive league triumph for the first time in nine months.

The lively Arouna Kone and Shaun Maloney pushed forward for some late consolation and a desperate penalty shout in injury time with the ball crashing off the arm of Kieran Gibbs provided some late drama, but it was the north Londoners who held on.

Wigan may have started the match languishing at the wrong end of the table, but they more than played their part in a largely lively and open contest in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

Roberto Martinez's tenacious men had Ali Al Habsi's strong hands to thank to keep out their visitors as the keeper shut out stinging shots from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski in the first 10 minutes.

Hunting their first win in a month, few would have expected too many Wigan fireworks going forward but Kone had the perfect opportunity midway through the first half.

The dashing Ivorian was sent clear through the static Gunners defence and with the sluggish centre-half Per Mertesacker left gasping, the striker was unable to compose himself and dragged the ball wide.

Although the festive entertainment fizzed out towards the interval, Oxlade-Chamberlain's bag of tricks and pace on the right wing immediately after the break looked ominous.

The England winger's hooked pass to Theo Walcott deserved greater reward, as the striker's weak shot from six yards will not have done his push for a regular central role up front too many favours.

Just two minutes later, though, Walcott's lively artistry with Santi Cazorla broke the deadlock.

Jean Beausejour clumsily tackled Walcott from behind and despite the wolf whistles from the home faithful, there was little protest from the players and Arteta calmly slotted in from 12 yards.

All would have been swiftly forgotten a minute later as Beausejour charged down the left and with his colleagues screaming for a telling cross, the Chilean midfielder curled the ball narrowly over.

Conceding on the hour kicked life into the hosts and keeper Wojciech Szczesny had to be alert to keep out Maynor Figueroa and a low drive from the increasingly menacing Kone.

Arsenal have a history of cruising to 1-0 wins but Wenger will not have enjoyed the last few minutes of this encounter.

Wigan poured forward into the box and the French boss will have been hugely relieved to see the referee refusing to point to the spot after Jordi Gomez fired in a shot at Gibbs.

And with the last kick of the game, James McArthur narrowly missed out on an equaliser with a drilled effort to leave Wenger producing a rare smile as his side climbed to third in the Premier League.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Monday, 22 December 2014
20:00
Stoke 0-2 Chelsea Report
Sunday, 21 December 2014
16:00
Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal Report
13:30
Newcastle 0-1 S'land Report
Saturday, 20 December 2014
15:00
A Villa 1-1 Man Utd Report
Hull City 0-1 Swansea Report
QPR 3-2 W Brom Report
So'ton 3-0 Everton Report
Tottenham 2-1 Burnley Report
West Ham 2-0 Leicester Report
12:45
Man City 3-0 C Palace Report

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property