Our captain was the inspiration when we needed it the most against a resilient Wigan Athletic side that frustrated Arsenal for 83 minutes. William Gallas headed in a goal after a driving run from midfield and cut in front of Titus Bramble to steer home a Sagna cross at the near post. Coach Arsene Wenger was forced to rearrange his side due to the suspension of Cesc Fabregas, and injuries to fellow midfield players Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini, while Gilberto Silva was suffering fatigue. Teenage Englishman Theo Walcott began up front alongside Emmanuel Adebayor, while inexperienced pair Lassana Diarra and Denilson paired up in the centre of the park.
Tomas Rosicky completed the win two minutes after Gallas’ goal to move Arsenal three points clear of second-placed Manchester United. United lost to Bolton on a quick & clever goal by former Arsenal striker Nickolas Anelka. But there was bad news for Wenger 10 minutes from time, as Walcott was taken off on a stretcher after a tackle from Heskey. Hope he recovers soon. GO GUNNERS GO!