Arsenal 1-0 Wigan Athletic: Match Analysis

Wigan Athletic's Titus Bramble (right) and Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor battle for the ball.

Emmanuel Adebayor’s (16 mins) strike in the first half ensured Arsenal finally overcame a determined Wigan side however there was controversy as Eboue was sarcastically applauded off by Gunner’s fans.

There was not much to separate the sides in the first ten minutes however Arsenal took it up a gear and got the goal but not without a bit of luck. A Van Persie cross was cleared out but only as far as Cesc Fabregas whose ball fortunately found it’s way through to Adebayor through both Song’s and Bramble’s legs. The Togolese hitman made sure in front of goal by slotting the ball past the on rushing Chris Kirkland.

The Gunners started to play some nice football but didn’t have the dynamism to get a clear chance. Full credit for Wigan for getting back into the match however and ended the half stronger though Adebayor hit the post from outside the area, which was tipped on to the woodwork by Kirkland.

Wigan Pressure

The Latics looked to pressure Arsenal aggressively and never allowed Arsenal to play, Nasri feeling the end of such tactic and was substituted by Eboue. Wigan were getting most joy from the high ball to Heskey and through set pieces delivered by Ryan Taylor but couldn’t get a clear sight on goal. Djourou and Toure had a strong game against the England target man while Song patrolled the midfield well.

The second half was more open and Heskey had a chance early on but his tame header straight to Almunia. Van Persie then had a couple of good chances one went agonisingly wide of Kirkland’s post. Both chances the Dutchman dropped into the hole while the Wigan defenders remained static. Denilson then hit the post while a couple of chances fell from Van Persie’s well struck corner kicks. Arsenal’s increased long ball tactic a danger.

Wigan however were still in it and looked to make Arsenal rue their missed chances and Melchiot nearly did that but his shot was brilliantly saved by Almunia. The Latics piled on the pressure but could not find a way passed the Gunners defence who overall looked stronger but for a few indecision at the edge of the box and the ball rebounding off players.

Eboue gave the ball away three times in quick succession and the home fans quick to pick up and let their emotions show. The Ivorian really showing a lack of confidence and was taken off in an emotional state, heading down the tunnel. The Arsenal fans were disappointing and should feel ashamed publicly booing a player. Arsenal hang on but their performance still needing work.

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3 thoughts on “Arsenal 1-0 Wigan Athletic: Match Analysis

  1. In the Wigan match programme Wenger claims that Arsenal had another good Carling Cup campaign. It shows the lack of ambition that Arsenal currently has.

    I left the game 10 minutes before the end I was so bored. I agree that the booing is not helpful, but there is a lot of frustration amongst the fans these days and Eboue acted as a lightning rod for the rest of the team. Even Clichy seems to have lost his confidence and that is an indicator of the team’s spirit (or lack of).

    Beating ManU, Chelsea and Liverpool home and away will only bring 18 points in a season….

  2. Pascal your a dick
    Maybe one of the contributing factors to the teams lack of morale is the shite support they have.
    The Emirates only piped up to boo off eboue. It was the only time the crowd was really notieceable. The players must see the support given to teams like Derby last year who lost every game bar 1 and compare it to the spoilt brats at the Emirates and wonder.
    If you left the game 10 minutes before the end then you dont deserve to be an Arsenal fan. You can;t expect Wengerball every week and Arsenal to win by a cricket score. Your the kind who will moan each week regardless of the result.
    Although Arsenal werent great we won and didnt play too well – wait a second, isnt that the same criticism directed at Arsenal over the last two seasons, not winning ugly?

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