Arsenal’s youngsters produced a mesmerising display against a strong Wigan outfit who boasted nearly the same team as in the Premiership. Simpson scored two and Vela a magical lob for the third over Kirkland when sliding for the ball.
Lucasz Fabianski (7): Made a great save to deny Zaki by tipping the ball on to the crossbar and was calmand commanding throughout.
Gavin Hoyte (6): Wasn’t much threatened in the first half and got forward decently. The second half provided a much sterner test against De Ridder.
Alex Song (7): Was strong in defense and took the ball out well.
Johann Djourou (8): Was the rock of the defense; tackle well, covered for others and composed on the ball.
Kieran Gibbs (6): Was out of position early in the half as he attacked vigourously but got better defensively in the second. Great pace and stamina.
Jack Wilshere (8)*: Ran the show in the first half, linking up play coming in from the right and provided the goal for the first.
Mark Randall (6): Gave the ball away far too much but saying that did play some good ones and tackled decently.
Aaron Ramsey (7): Gave the ball away in the first half but was better in the second where he played deeper. Made some strong runs and had a great free kick saved.
Fran Merida (7): Some nice touches and link up but looked to come in at all timesexposing Gibbs.
Jay Simpson (8): Direct, strong and fast, the ninetenn year old was lively and scored two goals.
Carlos Vela (8): Started brilliantly, faded and exploded back to life in the second. Scored a magical goal however injury forced him off.
Bischoff, Fonte, Lansbury: Couldn’t make enough impact.
Not used: Mannone, Coquelin, Ogogo, Frimpong
|Arsenal||Team Statistics||Wigan Athletic|
|1||1st Half Goals||0|
|8||Shots on Target||6|
|4||Shots off Target||4|