Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Arsène Wenger and his side face Wigan Athletic at Emirates Stadium on Monday so, to find out more, we also asked local journalist Paul Kendrick for his analysis.

Stewart Robson

"As has often been the case under Roberto Martinez, Wigan are producing their best form towards the end of the season. In recent weeks Wigan have played with a back three of Antolin Alcaraz, Gary Caldwell and Maynor Figueroa. This has suited them well because it has given them better solidity when balls are crossed into the box and their lack of pace is less likely to be exposed. It also means that they can play out from the back using Figueroa, the left-sided centre half, to step into midfield to create an overload.

"The front three against both Chelsea and Man United were Victor Moses on the right, Franco Di Santo through the middle and Shaun Maloney on the left. They all have contrasting attributes. Di Santo is good in the air and will link up play but doesn’t threaten the back of defenders enough, while Maloney has good technical ability when manipulating the ball to create space for himself. However, the biggest threat to Arsenal could be Moses, because like Junior Hoilett of Blackburn, he has the pace when running with the ball to turn defence into attack very quickly."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"To be honest Wigan's performances since the end of January have probably been up there with anybody in the league. Sir Alex Ferguson said on Wednesday night that they were probably playing the best football in the Premier League and it has really given them a shot in the arm to try and get out of trouble. A lot of people thought they were dead and buried at the turn of the year but I think they have only lost two of their last 10. Looking at their last five games you would say at least three of them are winnable so they have a very real chance of staying up.

"As you saw on Wednesday against Manchester United, it would have been easy for most teams to shut up shop. But Wigan took it to them and really played them off the park. Although Arsenal will be a very tough game away it will be very much the same. The players will back themselves to come out on top and they all have the confidence and belief in themselves to try and do a job. It will certainly be an open game and should be a good one for the neutrals as well.

"Roberto Martinez changed things around just before Christmas, opting for a 3-4-3 formation rather than a 4-5-1, which has helped the team at both ends really. The extra centre back has helped the likes of Caldwell, Alcaraz and Figueroa, which seems to have given them a bit more reassurance. There were a few errors before Christmas but the three of them have been fantastic ever since.

"Jean Beausejour came in during the January transfer window and he has been playing on the left of midfield, which has given the team a real impetus they didn't really have before. On the right, Emerson Boyce is more of a defensive player so you have that balance.

"James McCarthy and James McArthur in midfield have been absolutely fantastic. Then you have Victor Moses and Shaun Maloney just off Franco Di Santo and they have probably been two of the form players in the league over the last couple of months.

"Maloney in particular has been exceptional. He had a very difficult first few months here but in the last six games he has been fantastic. He is probably the key man on Monday night as far as Wigan's attacking play is concerned.

"I think it would probably be unrealistic to go to the Emirates expecting to win but with the way Wigan are playing at the moment anything if possible. If Arsenal are slightly below their best I can see them getting a point, which most teams would take."

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    13 Apr 2012