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Wigan shatter Arsenal's hopes

2010-04-18 16:47

London - Arsenal squandered a golden opportunity to get back in the Premier League title race as Wigan scored three times in the last 10 minutes to clinch a remarkable 3-2 win at the DW Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from Theo Walcott and Mikael Silvestre had given Arsene Wenger's side a 2-0 lead by the 48th minute, but Ben Watson reduced the deficit in the 80th minute to spark a stunning meltdown from the Gunners.

A horrific mistake by Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski gifted Wigan an equaliser in the 89th minute as the Pole dropped a corner onto Titus Bramble for the defender to head home.

Then in stoppage time, winger Charles N'Zogbia cut across the edge of the Arsenal penalty area and curled a superb shot past Fabianski to shatter Wenger's men.

The defeat - Arsenal's third in a row - leaves the north London club six points behind leaders Chelsea with only three games to play and effectively ends their title bid.

Wigan's fightback means Roberto Martinez's team are now seven points away from the relegation zone and virtually guaranteed to stay up.

Later on Sunday, already-relegated Portsmouth host Aston Villa, who retain an outside chance of winning a place in the Champions League via a top-four finish.

AFP

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  • Georgie Best - 2010-04-18 17:17

    Yaaaaaaaaaayooooooooooooooooooooh!!!"Arsenal start a Premier League match with more than two English players for the first time in over five years." and lost again, BUT: there's the twist we were talking about, ahahah Nash the Gunner, Ricky Bobby, Rico the Gunner, Fabregas & the lot, remember this 4/4/2010 7:50 AM @Georgie yes you're right, there will be one more twist... When Arsenal tops Man U and pushes them into third on the log :P -------- PS: don't count your chickens................

  • lehlohonolo - 2010-04-18 18:43

    It is quite clear that Arsene Wenger has completely lost the plot,maybe it is high time that a new coach with new ideas is brought in save our beloved team.I bet my last Zim dollar that this current team will never win anything with the way they playing,Diaby is useless,he is too slow,and gives away the ball far too often,Rosicky less said about him the better,and then u have Arsene's favourite player Eboue,he falls all over the field,and he is just plain useless.If Arsene doesn't bring in new players next season,I am afraid ,it will be another trophiless season.

  • marco - 2010-04-18 19:37

    It doesn't matter what supporters in other parts of the world outside England say about the incompetence and utter inability of Arsene Wenger, its the many hardline season ticket holder supporters who fills the Emirates stadium each time they play there that keeps that fool in his manager's job.Wenger goes on to say how the club's only important goal is winning the Premiership and the Champions League.How the hell can he, Wenger, wins either of them if they can't even win the Carling Cup or FA Cup which is the lowest competition in regards to importance.Everytime Fabianski is in goal Arsenal loses he is such useless f£"*ing piece of K@k that guy.Six years and counting and still no trophy the longer they keep Wenger as their manager the longer this trophyless drought will continue.Sacked the FOOL named Arsene Wenger

  • Man U - 2010-04-19 07:21

    @Georgie Best: Well said pal!!!!! People were very quick to write Utd off including some Liverfool supporters! Never write Utd off...GGMU! Well played Wigan, hope you stay in the EPL come next season!

  • Newton Heath - 2010-04-19 08:52

    It was widely broadcasted the Arsenal had the easier run in to win the EPL. No games are easy in this league as it has been proven time and time again. That's why plenty of Football lovers watch the EPL. On any given day no team in this league can be written off.

  • Dr Phil - 2010-04-19 09:02

    I will re-iterate what I said previously - this season EPL has more ups and downs, twists and drama than a cheap porno movie; alfred hitchcock thriller and 6 pm soapy all put together. I have grown my nails in anticipation and have already bitten them down. @ Soccer Fan et al - let this be a reminder to you all - there is no such thing as an easy run-in to a championship race. Easier on paper perhaps but I'd rather play a club sitting mid-table than one fighting for relegation towards then end of the season. The next 3 things will all be exciting - GGMU

  • AL @ Nash - 2010-04-19 09:16

    Still laughing dude!!!!!

  • Ricky Bobby - 2010-04-19 11:44

    this philosophy of not paying for players is bul**** - anyway Barca also had 6 trophyless seasons before picking themselves up - gluck next season - wenger please bring in quality and sell bendtnet, eboue and riscky - they do fo*ol - NICE TO SEE YOU GUYS KNOW ME LOL

  • Kube$ - 2010-04-19 14:05

    I agree with all of you except Dr Phil, dude you just bore me, my expert opionion is you dont know Footi, go watch badmington or synchronised swimming. As for the Gunners, fcken disgraceful. Wenger is probably, as we speak, walking around hospitals looking at newly born babies who will be potential soccer players, so he can coach and mentor them and then they leave to clubs who actually want fcken trophies. I hope Cesc doont leave to Barca, fck this man, sounds like we gonna end up like LIVERFOOL. I am gutted. As for Manu, well done, i hope those charlies who were lambasting SCHOLES for signing a new contract eat their words, they must feel like tosses now.....

  • Big K - 2010-04-20 09:50

    Ha Ha, wers all those gunners that said we finishing 3rd!!?? enjoy 3rd spot boys, its urs!! Some poor decisions by Wenger though!!! GGMU`

  • Dr Phil - 2010-04-20 13:46

    @Kub$e, I may not know a lot about football but I know enough to categorically state that the Gunners will be going trophyless for yet another season. And I strongly suspect that all of the dust clouds hovering around England at the moment is because you guys decided to clean out your trophy cabinet! Maybe next year...if Cesc and Robbie decide to stay on...

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