Arsenal Score an Unconvincing but Crucial Win over Wigan

Martin BentleyCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2008

Emmanuel Adebayor scored the only goal as Arsenal claimed a gritty and uninspiring win over Wigan Athletic at the Emirates.

The winning goal came on 16 minutes, as Cesc Fabregas put a ball in, and Alex Song caused confusion in the Wigan defense, allowing Adebayor to sneak in and put a low shot past Chris Kirkland. The goal proved to be enough, despite Arsenal wasting numerous chances and suffering a nervy final 15 minutes as Wigan continued to threaten an equaliser.

The other big story of the game saw Samir Nasri go off injured, replaced by Emmanuel Eboue, who turned in yet another turgid performance and was booed off by the home fans when he was substituted at the end of the game. It will be very surprising if Eboue remains at the Emirates beyond January.

The theory surrounding Arsenal before the start of the season was that they could not win ugly—it was either sexy football in a win or it was a defeat. It may have been 90 minutes of unwatchable football, but Arsenal got three points out of it, and that may prove vital to their title hopes.