Arsenal 4 Wigan 0

I’m far from convinced that Arsenal is going to win any silverware this season or even give a strong fight but this does look good. Arsenal beat Wigan Athletic 4-0 at the Emirates stadium with a display of attacking football. Belgian defender Thomas Vermalen, brought into the fold during the summer, scored 2 goals to lead the Gunners to victory. The former Ajax player rose to head the Gunners into the lead from a corner before curling in his second from the edge of the box.

Emmanuel Eboue’s deflection then made it 3-0 when the match was effectively over and a back-heel finish by Cesc Fabregas in injury time crowned a superb win. This win coupled with the mid-week victory over Standard Leige should set the Gunner back on the winning track.

Update: Well it seems that Arsenal are going to look for a transfer of West Ham United pair, Jack Collison and former Gunners centre-back Matthew Upson. Although the pair are firmly established in the Hammers’ starting 11, Italian coach Gianfranco Zola’s may be forced to sell on the bequest of West Ham’s owners. Reports state that the Hammers will settle a deal in the region of £15 million for the Welshman’s services and that West Ham would demand £10 million for 30-year-old Matthew Upson, rated as England’s third-choice centre-back by national coach Fabio Capello.

4 thoughts on “Arsenal 4 Wigan 0

  1. I like how you called it a deflection from Eboue when it was an obvious handball! Actually, the BBC report on the match has a very nice picture of Eboue’s “deflection”!
    They did play well though – and United beat City in a great match on Sunday morning, which I was very happy to watch live!

  2. They did play well and I think it still is a deflection. What do u have to say about the referee extending the injury time – was it just so that Man U could find a way to sneak in another goal and win?

  3. Hmm – I can understand why Mark Hughes was upset – his team lost! You have to bear in mind that the time added at the end of the match is what is called the bare minimum – it doesn’t mean that it will take exactly 4 minutes, it means that play will continue for at least 4 minutes. That is why Ferguson put Carrick on at the last minute – he wanted to buy more time. Then you have to factor in the time taken for City’s celebration after Bellamy scored that great goal – the referee takes note of each delay in the game, and then add time appropriately. If you watch replays of the game, Hughes was agitated from the moment Bellamy scored. He was pacing up and down the touchline, because, as a former Man United player, he knows that they have a well deserved reputation of scoring at the last possible minute. That great Champions League win a few years ago (Solskaer rules!) only serves to highlight that.
    Back to Eboue – read the article – it was handball!

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