Arsenal vs. Wigan: Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Premier League: Arsenal 4-1 Wigan
14 May 2014
Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: Mike Dean
11' Podolski; 45' Maloney; 63' Walcott; 68' Podolski; 71' Ramsey
Arsenal XI: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Rosicky, Arteta; Walcott, Ramsey, Cazorla; Podolski
Wigan XI: Joel; Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner; McArthur, McCarthy, Gomez, Espinoza; McManaman, Kone, Maloney
Eight minutes was all it took to turn ecstasy into misery for Wigan Athletic, who just three days after winning the FA Cup at Wembley were relegated to The Championship after losing 4-1 to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
Theo Walcott broke a 1-1 deadlock just three minutes after the hour-mark with a brave finish on Santi Cazorla’s cross from the right, and in the 65th minute Cazorla again played provider as Lukas Podolski broke in alone on Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles before chipping the Spaniard for a 3-1 Gunners lead. Then, in the 71st, Aaron Ramsey roofed a powerful effort inside Robles’ near post to put the finishing touches on a convincing Arsenal win.
For most of an hour, however, Wigan gave as good as they got.
Podolski opened the scoring after only 11 minutes with a stooping header on Cazorla’s corner, but shortly after conceding Wigan went on the front-foot and had numerous chances to score before Shaun Maloney equalized with a free kick in first-half stoppage time.
The two sides went back down the tunnel level at a goal apiece, but after the restart there was only one side that showed the urgency worthy of the three points on this night.
Wigan, you feel, just didn’t have enough left in the tank at the end. The emotional roller coaster of the past few months that culminated with Saturday’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup Final caught up with them midway through the second half, and with the defeat they become the first side to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are now fourth in the Premier League and control their own destiny in regards to Champions League football next season.
They’ll be away to Newcastle on Sunday while Tottenham Hotspur, a point behind them, will host Sunderland.
That's it for me, folks. Don't forget to join us for the Europa League final tomorrow (coverage starts at 1:45pm ET; 6:45pm BST) and enjoy the final round of matches at the weekend.
FULL TIME: Arsenal 4-1 Wigan. Gunners looking good for a Champions League spot while Wigan, crowned FA Cup champions just three days ago, are relegated.
90+1' Arteta replaced by Arsenal club captain Vermaelen.
90' It hasn't been a contest since Ramsey made it 4-1. Wigan simply ran out of gas after Walcott scored the go-ahead goal. They'll be missed in the Premier League.
85' Maloney replaced by Henriquez. Maloney is one player you expect will stay in the Premier League going into next season.
How about Santi Cazorla today? He's made everything happen for Arsenal in a Man of the Match performance.
The Aaron Ramsey goal that put Arsenal 4-1 up.
78' Wilshere replaces Rosicky for Arsenal. Huge applause, and well-deserved. Meanwhile Podolski makes way for Oxlade-Chamberlain. Walcott will finish the match up top.
Wigan will be the first side ever to win the FA Cup and go down in the same season. Once more the joy and despair of football.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 14, 2013
...And in the space of three days.
The Podolski chip that made it 3-1 Arsenal.
75' A quarter-hour to play and Wigan trail by three. They will almost certainly become the first side to win the FA Cup and be relegated the same season.
Walcott's go-ahead goal for Arsenal.
71' GOAL Arsenal. Ramsey. And you've got to think that's it for Wigan.
Cazorla, who had already set up a pair of goals, put Podolski through with a one-timed headed pass, and the Germany international calmly chipped Joel for his second, and Arsenal's third, of the evening.
68' GOAL ARSENAL!!! Podolski chips Robles and the hosts lead 3-1!
Robles has rather let his side down on both Arsenal goals.
Cazorla played a cross into dangerous space, but Wigan 'keeper Joel Robles came at it only half-heartedly and Walcott was able to apply the finish. Not taking anything away from Walcott, though. That was a brave attempt and it paid off big time.
63' GOAL ARSENAL!!! Walcott puts the hosts back in front!
Jack Wilshere stripping off and warming up. Just how much can that ankle take?
If Wigan played all season the way they have in the past 2 seasons at this stage they'd be a force!— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 14, 2013
That's the fascinating (pesky) thing about them, though. They can look world-beaters one day and relegation fodder the next.
61' Walcott gets in behind Scharner and attempts a shot from out wide that is saved easily by Joel. Podolski not happy his teammate didn't play the ball back to him.
I'm not seeing the urgency I thought I'd see from Arsenal, here. Full credit to Wigan, but this is a match Arsenal should be winning if they consider themselves a Champions League side.
58' McManaman has picked up a knock and is replaced by Di Santo.
57' Yellow card to Maloney for time wasting.
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