Wigan vs. Arsenal Live Stream: Players Who Must Step Up for Gunners Victory

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVDecember 22, 2012

READING, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17:  Theo Walcott  of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Arsenal at Madejski Stadium on December 17, 2012 in Reading, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Wins haven't come easy for Arsenal this season, but this one should be relatively so as they travel to Wigan Saturday morning. However, certain Gunners players will have to step up for that win to come as easily as it should.

Arsenal sits very much alive in contention for a Champions League spot in fifth place, having won seven games, drawn six and lost four. 

Meanwhile, Wigan is threatening relegation as they're third-to-last in the standings.

Let's take a look at Arsenal players who must play top-form football in order to secure the Gunners' road victory Saturday.


Santi Cazorla

With the departure of Robin van Persie this past summer, many Arsenal players were expected to pick up the goal-scoring slack and one of them was Santi Cazorla. 

So far this season, he's done so with seven goals. He's also added four assists.

Against a Wigan team with a minus-14 goal differential, goals should be at a premium for an Arsenal squad that has found a way to get balls into the netting at an impressive rate this season.

Arsenal's top goal scorer will have to lead by example in this one.


Theo Walcott

Things aren't too merry between Theo Walcott and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger this holiday season, but the two sides still have a chance to work things out. It wouldn't hurt for Walcott to get back in fine form in lopsided EPL matches like these, where he can truly show his talents to his skipper.

Wigan is susceptible at the wing position due to their weak outside defense, and this is the area where Walcott thrives. 

It could be a major statement game for Walcott, or just another game where he refuses to show his top form. 


Olivier Giroud

Arsenal are still waiting for Olivier Giroud to show on the pitch why he was pegged as a major replacement at striker for RvP. 

Though he's netted four goals this season, he's been far from impressive and tends to be non-existent unless if the ball is being crossed. And while he's been solid in that part of his game, it hasn't been dominant enough to warrant an every-game starting spot.

If Giroud wants to be the starter at striker match-in and match-out, he'll have to prove that either his heading game is dominant enough to warrant it, or that he can show massive improvement scoring goals with his feet.

If he doesn't, his career at Arsenal could wind up as that of just another bench player.