Live: Arsenal 4 Wigan 1

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It's all over and after eight years in the top-flight, WIgan are relegated. A sad moment for them but a very happy one for Arsenal, who know a win against Newcastle on Sunday will secure a top-four finish.

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Arteta is replaced by Vermaelen, to allow the club captain to be on the field for the end of Arsenal's last home game of the season.

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Not to be, and Arsenal counter with pace. Cazorla goes in search of a goal he really deserves, but some good defending from Alcaraz denies him.

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Di Santo wins a corner to give Wigan a chance for a late consolation.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain does really well before crossing dangerously for Cazorla, but Boyce manages to get to the ball before the Spaniard to clear.

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Cazorla takes the corner. It is headed out only for it to be driven back in, but play is stopped by Mike Dean, who awards the defending side a free-kick.

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Maloney is replaced by Henriquez.

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Arsenal continue to try and extend their lead, with Oxlade-Chamberlain's skill earning the hosts another corner.

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Walcott has an effort from the left edge of the box but it is poorly hit and Joel is able to collect.

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Gibbs threatens on the left and wins a corner off the legs of Boyce.

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Di Santo turns from his man and hits a fierce strike at goal. The connection is good but it just finds the wrong side of Szczesny's right post.

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McCarthy slips as he advances towards the Arsenal box. It falls for Watson but he loses out and Arsenal take control of possession.

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Double change for Arsenal now as they are able to take a breather. Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain coming on for Podolski and Rosicky.

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Walcott and Ramsey combine in an advanced position, but the latter's touch lets him down and the ball runs out for a goal kick.

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Corner now for Wigan, as Koscielny deflects Di Santo's cross behind. It is Di Santo who threatens from the corner, but his header goes narrowly over.

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Maloney tries to square the ball but Koscielny collects and calmy distributes it to his midfield.

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It is definitely over for Wigan now who have just run out of steam. It's all too easy for the Gunners as Ramsey runs into the box from the left wing, and continues unchallenged to slot home past Joel.

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Goal - Ramsey seals it!

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Surely that goal means Wigan will be playing Championship football next season. You never know with the Latics, but it seems like this could be it this time.

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A goal from absolutely nothing but it looks like it will mean so much. Alcaraz makes a headed clearance from a ball forward, but Cazorla seizes on the loose ball to nod towards Podolski, who, played onside by Scharner, is able to pick his spot past Joel.

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Watson comes on to replace Gomez

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Goal - Podolski nets his second!

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Arsenal back on the attack with a corner. It is eventually cleared and Wigan try to counter. Kone does well to force his way into the box, but Gibbs and Walcott combine to disposess him and get the ball safe.

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Sagna releases Cazorla on the right, who has all the time to pick out the perfect cross, which he does. Walcott gets in between Boyce and Scharner to get to the ball before Joel and finish. All about the cross from Cazorla there - the pace and placement of it was sublime.

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Goal - Walcott makes it 2-1

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Podolski had beat his marker and would have perhaps been the wiser choice for Walcott there.

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Joel makes the save to deny Walcott after the winger was played through on goal delightfully by Rosicky. The angle was tough on Walcott.

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WIgan have a free-kick in a good crossing position on the right. Maloney delivers and Boyce meets it but his header travels off-target.

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Arsenal come forward but Joel is able to save Podolski's head comfortably from Gibbs' cross.

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As it happens, McManaman is unable to continue and is replaced by Di Santo.

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Maloney is booked for taking too long with the previous corner, as he had hoped McManaman would be able to come back on in time for it.

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Arsenal temporarily clear but the visitors have a throw out on the right win now as McManaman is currently off the field with a knock.

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Espinoza with a low cross from the left forces Koscielny to turn behind for a corner.

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Arsenal move the ball around nicely but when the ball goes loose, Ramsey tries to spectacularly direct it at goal, but it ends up nowhere near.

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Alcaraz is booked for foul on Rosicky.

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Maloney searches for Kone with his cross from the right but it ends up in the hands of Szczesny.

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Thrilling stuff as Wigan see a goal dissallowed at one end before Joel is called upon to make a very good save to deny the hosts counter-attacking to devastating effect. Really open game.

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Maloney turns and leaves Ramsey wrong-footed, but his shot at goal from the edge of the box is wild and doesn't trouble the target.

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Ramsey is penalised fo a foul on Scharner inside the visitors' half.

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Kone goes close after exchanging passes with McManaman inside the Arsenal box, but Szczesny makes a vital save to stop the Latics going in front!

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Arsenal start off well, making some incisive passes in midfield, but the move ends when the flag is raised against Walcott after Rosicky had played a very good through ball.

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All set for the second half, as Wigan kick-off.

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Craig writes: "Unfortunately I had a dream the other day that Arsenal will miss out on CL football by one point :( I say unfortunately as I am a Gooner. Therefore I suspect this will finish 1-1."

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@Gattuex tweets: "Arsenal need the win and will probably get it 3-1 Arsenal"

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@TAndersson94 tweets: "awful decision , mike dean happily ruining arsenals chances of champions league football next season"

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Joel writes: "As a Spurs fan, I'd be just as happy to see it end right here. Wigan deserve to pip the Gooners here though. They've gotten some bad breaks this season, but Martinez has put together a hard-working respectable side. Go Latics!"

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@LiamEmms tweets: "despite the equaliser. Im confident Arsenal will win. 2-1 the Gunners! Come on Arsenal"

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Arsenal have drifted slightly after letting their first-half lead slip just before the break. They remain favourites however, priced at 8/13, while Wigan are 5/1 shots with the draw available at 9/4. Hard to see this game finishing how it is with both sides needing a win. I expect Arsenal to respond well in the early parts of the second half.

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‏@PurpleBugUK tweets: "who is the ref? the one that has never given Arsenal a victory?" - Mike Dean.

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Chris Green writes: "Despite Wigan scoring that equaliser, their hopes of avoiding the drop are fading rapidly, so Wigan need to come out in the second half and produce their best performance of the season so far, and at the same time, score the 2nd goal that they need; otherwise, they are doomed."

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All square at the break. What is your reaction to the first half? Let me know by emailing me ollybell_2@msn.com or tweet me @obell1990

45+2
Arsenal may feel aggreived about the decision to award the free-kick, with Maloney leaning into Arteta, but you cannot take anything away from that effort. Half time.

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Maloney's free-kick is fabulous, dipping and curling its way into the bottom left corner of Szczesny's goal, who could only help it in. Brilliant strike.

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Goal - Maloney equalises!

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Maloney controls the ball expertly inside the Arsenal half and charges towards the box before drawing the foul from Arteta. Maloney standing over this one.

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Cazorla is outraged as Mike Dean waves play on after the challenge from McCarthy. Wigan try to profit but Kone is caught offside.

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Maloney picks out McManaman on the right who has plenty of space to run into the box. He obliges but is crowded out in the end and can't find a way through before fouling in his attempt to regain the ball.

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The hosts have the ball in the net, but Walcott's effort is disallowed as he was played offside.

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Cazorla's corner mirrors that of the one which led to the opener, and it almost results in another goal, but Koscielny can't control the ball as it gets knocked towards him and the chance goes begging.

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Wigan forward again now, and Maloney does well to shrug off the challenges to cut inside, but his shot is blocked and Arsenal break quickly to win a corner.

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Wigan opt for a direct route this time but Kosicelny beats Kone in the air from Boyce's lofted ball forward.

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Wigan combine some good passing before McArthur plays through McManaman on the right to cross but the youngster can only find Koscielny at the near post and the Arsenal stopper deals with the threat.

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Podolski is penalised for foul inside the Wigan half.

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Koscielny charges forward from the back and knocks the ball to Cazorla on the left. The Spaniard delivers a dangerous ball into the box but the Wigan defence get it clear.

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The tempo of the game has slowed down now, which may suit Wigan as they look very vulnerable when Arsenal get going. However, they cannot afford to just limit the damage as they need all three points tonight.

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Arsenal take control again now, but after some passing on the edge of the Wigan box, Ramsey is wasteful with a tame shot that Joel sees wide.

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Gomez hits straight at the wall and Wigan are now forced to start again from their own half, but they do seem to have settled a bit better now.

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A couple of scares for Arsenal now as Kone almost profits from indecision at the back, but Koscielny makes an excellent clearance before Arteta catches Maloney to give the visitors a free-kick in an excellent shooting position.

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Arsenal look to counter after Wigan fail to make the most of their advanced throw in on the right, but Cazorla's long ball towards Walcott is hopeful and finds a Wigan head.

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Walcott tracks back to help outmuscle Espinoza and win his side a throw in.

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The stats so far show that Arsenal have enjoyed 60% of possession so far, but the fact that 40% of play has been inside Wigan's half tells more about Arsenal dominance so far.

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Cazorla cleverly hits a low cross into the six yard box for Ramsey, who beats his man but the angle is against him and he can only find the side-netting with an outstretched leg.

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Podolski does well to win a header against Boyce, but he is unable to direct his effort and it goes over.

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McArthur loses out to Gibbs, which leads to an Arsenal attack. Cazorla fortuitously finds Sagna, who strikes across goal and Gibbs is there to almost knock the ball in but can't quite reach it.

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Gomez helps orchestrate some good passing in midfield for Wigan.

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The set-piece comes to nothing but Wigan need to get hold of the ball a bit more before Arsenal create another goalscoring opportunity - the hosts have been impressive so far.

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Arsenal with another corner now, but Scharner gets there ahead of Mertesacker to head the ball clear. It only comes back at them though and Espinoza is forced to concede another corner.

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Foul by McManaman on Arteta.

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Walcott helps win a corner with a dangerous cross across the box which can only be scrapped behind. When the ball comes in, Wigan fail to defend the ball and it bounces up for Podolski to simply nod in from six yards. 1-0 to the Gunners!

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Goal - Podolski opens the scoring for Arsenal!

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McCarthy pass for Espinoza on the left is poor and runs out of play before the Honduran can get there.

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Free-kick for Wigan as Ramsey trips McArthur.

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Chance for Arsenal as a good run and cross from Walcott on the right is met by the head of Cazorla, but he directs his effort just wide. Joel was beaten.

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Wigan belatedly enjoy a little possession inside Arsenal's half and McManaman wins a throw for the visitors on the right wing.

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Cazorla tries to play the ball through the Wigan defence to meet the run from Walcott, but Scharner reads it well to intercept.

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Arsenal monopolising possession thus far, not allowing Wigan a chance to settle.

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Arsenal start eagerly, with some sharp passing inside the Wigan half. Walcott has a shot but it is blocked.

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Arsenal get this highly-anticipated clash underway.

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John writes: "very worried Villa fan. We all we need is for Arsenal to avoid defeat here. Please, no repeat of last season. Tonight I'm a gunner. C'mon, Arsenal!!!!! If they lose, I'm going to be a Tottenham and Villa fan next Sunday. This is doing nothing for my schizophrenia."

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‏@JackN17 tweets: "I'm predicting a 9-1 win for Wigan, and this has nothing to do with me being a Spurs fan. Easy away victory."

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The players are out and we are very close to kick-off now. Mike Dean is our referee for this one.

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Plenty of support for both sides, with the result of this game crucial for a fair amount of clubs.

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@DanPeroni tweets: "Come on the Latics! I've been to Wigan once but have a real affinity with the place. Especially as a Spurs fan. #coys"

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Marwar writes: "I think arsenal will win 4 nil. If we get 4th and beat the spuds to champions league qualification it will feel like winning the champions league 10 times over!! Come on u reds !!!!!"

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David writes: "Villa fan.....am at work in Leeds but will be following on live text...have become along with plenty of other Villa fans an Arsenal fan this evening. Hoping that Wigan will have tired legs from Saturday's Wembley encounter and that that game is one too many for them. Score does not matter so long as the Gunners win...for once UP THE ARSENAL."

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@CarlyFletch tweets: "Massive game. Hoping for vintage Arsenal tonight but any win will do. 2-0 I reckon with Walcott & Podolski to score. That'll do!"

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‏@stare5que tweets: "yes,two tricky ties for arsenal,but at this stage of the season,could'nt ask for more than having our fate in our own hands"

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Gerry writes: "Long-suffering Spurs fan here over in sunny Florida hoping for some poetic justice as the obnoxious Szczesny lets in the very soft goal that effectively knocks Arsenal out of the Champions League. Martinez has already slayed Mancini can he bring down "Red Whine" Wenger? Wondering how the neutrals feel?"

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Dipayan writes: "Wigan are going to fight as they have throughout the season and make it hard for us. We really need that early goal to get going. Walcott for the first, Koscielny a late second. 2-0 to the Arsenal. COYG!"

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I'm going to go for a 3-1 win for Arsenal tonight, which you can get with at 10/1. For better value, adding Theo Walcott to score first with that scoreline in a scorecast can get you odds of 35/1, but the smart money will just be on the hosts to secure victory.

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Arsena; are the odds-on favourites (2/5) to grab all the points this evening. Wigan are largely unfancied (13/2) while the draw is available at 4/1. Callum McManaman to score first and Arsenal to win 4-0, both priced at 18/1, are among Sky Bet's priceboosts prior to kick off. Visit www.skybet.com to place your bets.

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รพ@Justin_MGilbert tweets: "I think Villa have as much riding on this game as both Wigan and Arsenal. As a Villa fan I'm predicting 2-1 to Arsenal."

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@tiny_columbian tweets: "comfortable win for arsenal I reckon- 5-1 Wigan hopefully will be put off by there FA cup final win! #coyg"

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Dave P writes: "Got to be a win for the gooners tonight to take the champions league race to the final day, can't face a day at work tomorrow with smug spurs fans! 2 1 arsenal."

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Jon writes: "dont ya wish ya striker was Benteke! come on Arsenal sweating on a win for the gooners tonight so my beloved Villa stay up. ill be watching long and hard! 3-0 to the Arsenal!"

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Chris writes: "Went to the FA Cup Final on Saturday to see history being made - easily the best day of my footballing life! Tonight is important, of course, but I wouldn't swap the Cup for staying in the Premier League. We can always bounce back. That said, I do fancy an upset tonight - Arsenal 1 Wigan 3 for me. COME ON YOU LATICS!"

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As for Arsenal, a Champions League place is in their hands with two games to go, but there is no room for complacency and failure to win here tonight may well prove to be disastrous. Confidence is high though, and unlike Wigan, tiredness is not a problem, with it being 10 days since their last outing.

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There is no doubt Wigan will have to produce their absolute best to avoid relegation tonight against an Arsenal side who are unbeaten in eight. They need all three points in what is effectively another cup final for them, following a dramatic 1-0 victory over Man City on Saturday. The visitors will be hoping for a repeat performance from Callum McManaman this evening, who impressed hugely at Wembley.

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Here are the full teams, as promised...

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Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Rosicky, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski. Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Monreal, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho.

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Wigan: Robles, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, McArthur, Boyce, Espinoza, Scharner. Subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Watson, Di Santo, Henriquez, Fyvie, Golobart.

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Team news is in and I can inform you that both sides are unchanged from their last games. Full details coming right up.

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With both clubs desperately needing three points to fulfil their very different ambitions this season, we should be in for a thrilling watch. Send me your thoughts and predictions on the match ahead to ollybell_2@msn.com or tweet @obell1990 and I will publish as many as I can throughout the evening.

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Good evening and welcome to the Emirates Stadium for tonight's all-important Barclays Premier League clash between top-four challengers Arsenal and FA Cup winners / relegation battlers Wigan.

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2 Chelsea 2 4 6
3 Man City 2 4 6
4 Swansea 2 2 6
5 Arsenal 2 1 4
6 Hull City 2 1 4
7 A Villa 2 1 4
8 West Ham 2 1 3
9 Liverpool 2 -1 3
10 Everton 2 0 2
11 S'land 2 0 2
12 West Brom 2 0 2
13 Man Utd 2 -1 1
14 Southampton 2 -1 1
15 Stoke 2 -1 1
16 Leicester 2 -2 1
17 Newcastle 2 -2 1
18 C Palace 2 -3 0
19 Burnley 2 -3 0
20 QPR 2 -5 0

Updated Wed, 27 Aug 2014

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