Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2014

FILE - In this Saturday, May 11, 2013 file photo, Wigan Athletic players including their captain Emmerson Boyce, centre right, celebrate after their 1-0 win over Manchester City in their English FA Cup final soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London. Wigan Athletic hadn’t won a piece of major silverware in its 81-year history until last May, when it pulled off one of the great FA Cup upsets by beating big-spending Manchester City in the final. Now, despite dropping out of the Premier League at the end of last season, it is on course to retain the famous trophy against all the odds. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)
Jon Super

Arsenal will be looking to regain some momentum for their rapidly deteriorating season when they face defending champions Wigan in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

The Gunners have gone from title contenders to a doubt for the Premier League top four in a matter of weeks, with last weekend's 3-0 loss to Everton their latest ignominy.

A win over Championship side Wigan to qualify for their first FA Cup final since 2005, when they won their last piece of silverware on penalties against Manchester United, would be a major fillip for the Gunners.

Meanwhile, a loss to Uwe Rosler's promotion-hunting side would signal the low point of a poor finish to the season and may increase calls for Arsene Wenger's departure from the Emirates.

Here's where to catch the action. 


When: Saturday, April 12, at 5:07 p.m. BST/ 12:07 p.m. ET

Where: Wembley Stadium, London

TV Info: Live on ITV (U.K.) / Fox Sports 2 (U.S.)

Live Stream: ITV Player (U.K. only) Fox Soccer (U.S. Only)


Arsene's Last Chance?

Matt Dunham

Arsenal have been pretty woeful of late, never more so than in their loss to Everton last weekend when Wenger seemed to be at a loss for what to do as he was outmanoeuvred by former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez.

In the league, Arsenal have won only once in their last six games, and have been humiliated by Everton and even more so in their 6-0 loss to Chelsea.

Things looked so different just a couple of months ago. At the beginning of February they were top of the league, per the Premier League 

They now sit in fourth, 10 points off the leaders Liverpool and just one point ahead of Martinez's fifth-placed Everton side, who have a game in hand.

With their Champions League qualification in jeopardy, some are asking whether Wenger may be on his way out, including ESPN's Iain Macintosh:

However, the Frenchman may be offered a reprieve if he can win the FA Cup and claim the Gunners' first trophy in nine years.

While Arsenal beat Wigan twice in the Premier League last season, the Latics have a habit of upsetting the odds against Wenger's side.

Battling against top-flight relegation, they managed to defeat Arsenal in April of 2010 and 2012, per ESPN FC.

A loss here for Arsenal would surely cause an upsurge in calls for Wenger to stand down from the club he has ruled since 1996.

And those calls are potentially valid. Arsenal are in terrible form, have not won a trophy for nearly a decade and Wenger seems to be running out of ideas.

A win on Saturday is essential for Wenger's future in North London. 


Looking for the Double

Jon Super

Back-to-back FA Cup wins for Wigan would truly be a turn-up for the books. But it is difficult to write off Rosler's side in this competition.

They won it last year by defeating Manchester City 1-0 through Ben Watson's stoppage-time winner. 

And, amazingly, they downed the Sky Blues again in this year's quarter-finals with a 2-1 away victory.

They have also seen off Premier League opponents on two other occasions in this season's FA Cup with wins over Cardiff and Crystal Palace. 

And Rosler says his side have nothing to lose on Saturday, as reported by ESPN he said:

We're going to Wembley and we're meeting a top team in the Premier League.

We are the massive underdog but we have presented ourselves so far in a very, very good way.

We've made our supporters proud and we're going to Wembley; we can't lose, we only can win.

And certainly former manager Paul Jewel has faith in this Wigan side:

If Wigan can get past Arsenal on Saturday they will face either Hull City or Sheffield United in the final, and despite their Championship status a second crown in as many years would not be out of the question by any means.