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.
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.