Arsenal will be aiming to consolidate their position in the top three of the Premier League on Monday evening when they take on a Wigan side that are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table, as punters could be attracted by Wigan’s long odds of 11/1.
Arsene Wenger’s men are currently five points above their local rivals Tottenham – who sit in 4th position after a poor run of form – and with Harry Redknapp’s men in FA Cup action this weekend, Arsenal could extend this gap to eight points on Monday.
It wasn’t too long ago that Arsenal’s Champions League hopes looked unlikely of course, but a fantastic run of form – which has seen them win all but one of their last ten Premier League games – has put the Gunners in a fantastic position with a few games to go.
A massive part of Arsenal’s improved form has been the consistent goal threat of Robin Van Persie of course, while Theo Walcott has been on top of his game since the two goals against Tottenham back in February.
As for Wigan, they produced one of the shocks of the season when they defeated Manchester United last time out and they will be aiming to surprise a few people again on Monday evening.
Going into this weekend, Wigan are two points clear of the relegation zone, but they know that there is plenty of hard work to come. The game at the Emirates is the toughest game in their run-in too, so they know they are up against it.
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Roberto Martinez’s men always seem to perform at their best against the big teams though and especially with their backs against the wall in terms of their battle for survival. They must now not waste the win over United and make sure it is the platform for a positive run.
When these two teams met earlier in the season, it ended in a comfortable 4-0 victory for Arsenal and they are definitely favourites on Monday evening with their strong home form and fantastic quality going forward.
The Latics can never be written off though and they will give it their all from 8pm on Monday evening.