Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal: Live Player Ratings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistApril 12, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06:  Santi Cazorla of Arsenal  reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on April 6, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Arsenal defeated Wigan on penalties, 4-2, after the two sides were deadlocked at 1-1 through the first 120 minutes of play.

Both sides saw some players deliver terrific performances on the prestigious pitch at Wembley Stadium.

Continue reading below for full analysis for every player that stepped foot on the pitch in the FA Cup semi-final. 

Arsenal Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Lukasz Fabianski67
Bacary Sagna6.27
Per Mertesacker6.77.5
Thomas Vermaelen6.56.8
Nacho Monreal6.36.5
Mikel Arteta6.56.7
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain77
Aaron Ramsey6.56.5
Santi Cazorla6.76.9
Lukas Podolski6.56
Yaya Sanogo66.5
Kieran GibbsN/A6
Olivier GiroudN/A6.5
Kim KallstromN/A6.5

Half-time Analysis: 

Lukasz Fabianksi: Was tested just once in the first half, and on that occasion, he did not have to do much to collect a shot by Fortune. 

Bacary Sagna: Had a shot fly high over the bar in the 26th minute off of a corner kick. 

Per Mertesacker: Made two key tackles and two effective clearances for the Gunners, while making the most passes with 57. 

Thomas Vermaelen: Despite getting burned by McManaman during one of the few moves forward by Wigan, Vermaelen did have a decent first half. 

Nacho Monreal: As the half progressed, Monreal had more trouble with McManaman's runs down the right wing. 

Mikel Arteta: Arteta attempted seven long balls in the first half, six of which were accurate. 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Was easily the most impressive Arsenal player in attack. His early driving runs down the right wing brought about a few chances for the Gunners. 

Aaron Ramsey: In his first start since December, Ramsey made 35 touches and recorded a pass accuracy of 82 percent. 

Santi CazorlaDid cause some trouble to Wigan with his corner kicks, but none of his crosses forced Wigan into a massive amount of trouble. 

Lukas Podolski: His 41st-minute free-kick attempt flew off to the right and failed to test Carson. Other than that, his involvement in attack was kept to a minimum. 

Yaya Sanogo: The lanky forward still has not scored in his Arsenal career. He did attempt a few shots, but only one caused Carson a bit of trouble. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Fabianski: Other than the penalties he saved, Fabianski did not have to make many saves in the Arsenal net. 

Sagna: Made the most touches of any Arsenal player with 138 from his right-back position. Although he wasn't a menace moving forward, Sagna did play well at the back. 

Mertesacker: After conceding the penalty, Mertesacker made up for his mistake with his headed goal in the 82nd minute. 

Vermaelen: Was the less productive of the two center-backs, but Vermaelen did end up having a decent match with eight effective clearances. 

Monreal: Was taken off in the 63rd minute because of an injury he suffered right before the Wigan penalty was earned. He ended his day with a pass accuracy of 81 percent. 

Arteta: Was very productive in the center of midfield with 75 passes and 90 touches. 

Oxlade-Chamberlain: Made four key passes and sent in three shots, one of which was on target, as he impressed throughout the entire match. 

Ramsey: Was the most active midfielder in the passing department with 78, 85 percent of which he completed. He also had two key passes during the match. 

Cazorla: Made three key passes and had 83 touches on the ball, but his biggest moment of the match came on the last kick as he won the penalty shootout for the Gunners. 

Podolski: Did nothing impressive during his 68 minutes of play on the pitch at Wembley. The German made just 35 touches and fired two shots off target. 

Sanogo: As the match progressed, Sanogo looked to gain more confidence, and it showed by his willingness to shoot.


Kieran Gibbs: Did nothing to alter the result of the match, which on Saturday was a good thing. 

Olivier Giroud: His presence on the pitch gave more confidence to Sanogo, and despite putting just one shot on target, he made two key passes. 

Kim Kallstrom: His biggest contribution came when he scored the second Arsenal penalty. 

Wigan Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Scott Carson6.57.5
James Perch6.57
Emmerson Boyce6.57
Ivan Ramis6.56.8
Stephen Crainey6.37.5
James McArthur66.5
Josh McEachran66
Callum McManaman6.87.3
Jean Beausejour5.56
Jordi Gomez66.8
Marc-Antoine Fortune66
Jack CollisonN/A6
Nick PowellN/A6.4
Gary CaldwellN/A6.3

Half-time Analysis:

Scott Carson: The biggest moment of the half for Carson came in the sixth minute when he denied Sanogo with a save. He also made a confident play late in the half to unsettle Sanogo on a potential attack. 

James Perch: Made an effective clearance and blocked a shot as Arsenal held the majority of possession. 

Emmerson Boyce: Made just 21 touches out of the back three that Wigan set up in. 

Ivan Ramis: The imposing center-back did well as the Latics contained the Arsenal attack to the best of their abilities. 

Stephen Crainey: Had a pass accuracy of 86 percent, while making one key interception. 

James McArthur: Did let Sanogo get past him late in the half, but Carson was there to correct his mistake. 

Josh McEachran: Provided the lone key pass in the Wigan attack during the first 45 minutes, but was ineffective for most of the half. 

Callum McManaman: Was the most productive player in the attack for the Latics. He challenged the Arsenal back four on the right wing on numerous occasions. 

Jean Beausejour: Playing on little sleep after the birth of his child late this week, Beausejour made only 13 touches, the least of any Wigan player. 

Jordi Gomez: Completed 88 percent of 17 passes, but his impact was not felt up front for the most part. 

Marc-Antoine Fortune: Had a go at goal in the 39th minute, but his shot came from a difficult angle, and it barely caused any concern for Fabianski in the Arsenal net. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Carson: The former England No. 1 keeper kept Wigan in the game as fatigue sent in during the second half and extra time. 

Perch: Was very quiet all day, but he did win six aerial duels and block three shots. 

Boyce: After Ramis went off, Boyce was tasked with leading the Wigan back three, and he did that job well with nine effective clearances and two key interceptions. 

Ramis: Was taken off in the 86th minute because of an injury. He made 10 effective clearances during his time on the Wembley pitch. 

Crainey: Made a few strong tackles near the end of the second half as his team's fatigue continued to get worse and as Arsenal got stronger in attack. He also made seven effective clearances. 

McArthur: Made five key tackles and four interceptions in the midfield for the Latics, while completing 84 percent of his passes. 

McEachran: His lackluster showing on the pitch saw him make just 33 touches. 

McManaman: Was magnificent during his 68 minutes on the pitch. He earned the penalty in the 59th minute because his pace was too much for Mertesacker. 

Beausejour: Made just 47 touches and delivered one key pass. 

Gomez: After waiting a few minutes to take his penalty, Gomez coolly converted from the spot to hand Wigan a lead early in the second half. With his team clearly tired in extra time, Gomez was the driving force for the Latics in attack. 

Fortune: The lone contribution to the Wigan cause by Fortune came on a shot from a bad angle late in the first half. Other than that, he was invisible. 


Jack Collison: Made just 26 touches and completed just 79 percent of his 19 passes. 

Nick Powell: Was a spark in the Wigan attack with two chances on goal, but neither of them resulted in anything worth noting. 

Gary Caldwell: Caldwell made four effective clearances in 34 minutes on the pitch in place of Ramis. 


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