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Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal took on Wigan in the Premier League on Monday and our Talking Heads for this game were Tim Peters, Stephen Hughes and Tim Stillman of Vital Arsenal.

Read on for their post-match comments and recap what they said before the game.

Tim Peters

You can't take anything for granted in this league. Wigan's excellent form was well-documented but I didn't expect them to play that well at Emirates Stadium. They were constantly dangerous on the break and could easily have scored more than their two goals - in fact Victor Moses missed the best chance of the second half. By that time Arsenal were throwing everything at the visitors but, if anything, they created more in the first half when Al-Habsi showed excellent reflexes to deny Benayoun. Arsenal missed Arteta after he went off while Song struggled to pick out his trademark passes to Van Persie and Gervinho and Walcott were kept relatively quiet. Hats off to Wigan - they got their tactics spot-on. Now Arsenal have to bounce back against Chelsea so let's hope that Barcelona first leg takes plenty out of the Blues.

What looks to be one of the season's easier games on paper has been transformed into anything but after Wigan's recent run in the Premier League. The 1-0 win over Manchester United was a statement of intent that they will fight until the very last minute and Arsenal must be careful to avoid a potential slip-up. But when all is said and done, Arsène Wenger's side really should have too much quality for Wigan. They have looked imperious at Emirates Stadium for quite some time now and I don't expect that to change before the season's end. No side in this divsion will provide an easy game by any stretch but if Arsenal play as we know they can, this really should be their 10th win in 11 matches. Robin van Persie ended his "drought" in style against Wolves and I'm tipping him for at least a brace in this one.

Stephen Hughes

So much for the "good warning". We knew Wigan were no slouches but they still managed to catch Arsenal cold twice in the first 10 minutes. Arsenal started really brightly but Arteta's injury was a huge turning point and, as Arsène Wenger said after the match, the time it took to get him off the pitch and get Ramsey on cost us dearly. I thought the scores should have been level at the break - Al-Habsi made a couple of terrific saves from Benayoun - but too many Arsenal players were below-par in the second half and, if we're honest, Wigan could have scored a third on the break. A bad night at the office but Arsenal's destiny remains in their own hands - and I fancy us to beat Chelsea this weekend.

Arsène Wenger says Arsenal have had a "good warning" about Wigan and that should fend off any chance of complacency on Monday night. Roberto Martinez has worked wonders there when you consider the resources at his disposal and the fact that he loses players every summer - Tom Cleverley and Charles N'Zogbia being the latest examples. Ultimately though, however well Wigan are playing, they should be no match for Arsenal if Wenger's side are at their best. I expect Gervinho and Rosicky to start this one with Benayoun and Ramsey back on the bench, while Kieran Gibbs would be my preferred choice at left back if he is passed fit. Arsenal could be eight points clear of Spurs when the final whistle goes - so let's make it happen.

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The only thing that surprises me in football is that people are so constantly surprised by its capability to surprise! There were some signs in the second half against Wolves that our focus had dropped and I think it's very difficult to keep resetting focus. It has to be 100 per cent at all times. That sloppiness spilled over into the first 10 minutes last night and we paid the ultimate price. The Arteta injury was a huge turning point. When Wigan broke for the first goal, he was our deepest midfielder and he couldn't even walk. We weren't switched on enough to plug in for him and stem the counter-attack. We were reeling from that and down to 10 when the second went in and we gave ourselves too much to do.

Wigan reorganised at the break and looked formidable at the back, and we couldn't pick our way through them. When that happens, the smaller things come into it. You have to be able to hound your opposition into errors. But when I think back to the aerial duels, the tackles and the 50:50s, Wigan won most of them. When an Arsenal player had the ball, they had three players on him. We didn't match that level and that's why Wigan deserved to win the game. The pressing game wasn't actioned to the right standards. Having dropped points now at home to Wolves and Wigan and away at QPR, Blackburn and Bolton, I think there has to be a reassessment of the intensity with which we take on these opponents.

I always smirk when it comes to March or April and people start to project predicted results and points hauls for themselves and their challengers. At this stage of the season, any good betting agency will tell you that the predicted results curve gets thrown into chaos. Teams fighting for their lives begin to produce results. Mid-table sides either switch off and relax completely, or else flourish with the pressure off. Wigan have looked dead and buried by March for around three seasons now, but they always seem to put a run together against expectations. Their build-up play has been there all season, but they've found a cutting edge in recent weeks, which makes them very dangerous opponents. Other results went their way this weekend, but what effect that will have on them is hard to know. It's another of those little factors that makes this stage of the season so unpredictable. Sometimes results of your peers can motivate and inspire, sometimes they can apply pressure and inhibit.

Still, Arsenal should have enough so long as they respect the game. Maintain the high pressing game for the whole evening, keep concentration at the back and take our chances when they come. If we get these things right, then a win should be forthcoming. Third would be a big achievement given our start to the season, but we should know better than anyone how things can turn around completely in four to five weeks, having worked so hard to produce a turnaround ourselves.

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17 Apr 2012