Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

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 Saturday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Adrian Clarke and Andrew Mangan from Arseblog.

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

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

If you want evidence that Arsenal have turned the proverbial corner, we saw it at Wigan on Saturday. Roberto Martinez's team have made life difficult for the Gunners on their own patch in recent years but after a strong start they were completely outclassed. The triumvirate of Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Gervinho looks capable of creating countless chances against any opposition and with Aaron Ramsey getting forward to support them there are more options inside the box these days. Arsenal's defence was rock-solid and Wigan never looked like getting back into the game this time - and that shows how far Wenger's men have come.

We've had some horror shows at Wigan in the last few years and hopefully the players will be reminded of that before they leave the dressing room at the DW Stadium on Saturday. Victor Moses has the kind of pace that could trouble any defence but Arsenal look far less suspect at the back these days with Koscielny and Vermaelen in top form and Song excelling just in front of them. Arteta's sensible covering in midfield gives the likes of Gervinho and Walcott the platform to run at opponents and create openings for Van Persie. Arsenal don't need to conserve energy because their final Champions League group game is irrelevant so if they click this weekend I can't see anything but a comfortable away win.

Adrian Clarke

This was as comprehensive a victory as the scoreline suggests. While Wigan offered virtually no resistance or quality, Arsenal should still take the plaudits for a seriously professional display. I was particularly impressed by the way the side popped the ball around to one another in triangles all over the park, leaving the home team chasing shadows. Robin van Persie led the line brilliantly and it was great to see plenty of willing runners from midfield getting forward to support him too. The conditions were windy, wet and cold but the resilient Gunners played as if it was a warm summer’s day. There will be stiffer tests to come but this was a job very well done

Dramatic late goals conceded have cost Arsenal five safe-looking points from their last two visits to Wigan but I really don’t expect it to be another frustrating day for the Gunners. Roberto Martinez’s men will be buoyed by their victory at the Stadium of Light last week but I just don’t feel they have the sufficient quality or bite to trouble us this time around. With the memories of recent encounters fresh in the players’ minds I expect a professional display from Arsenal at the DW and there could be goals. It’s impossible not to fancy Robin van Persie to score but I also have a feeling Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey might get in on the act too. I hope it’s not the kiss of death but I’m expecting a comfortable win for Arsenal.


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Although we were 2-0 up at half-time, I have to say I was mindful of previous games against Wigan and I was looking for evidence that the team were too. This time we didn't let Wigan back into it which, perhaps, shows lessons have been learned. I think the second-half performance was super-professional, adding another two goals killed the game, and we thoroughly deserved the three points. Overall it was a solid display from back to front, a clean sheet, and four goals with only one by Van Persie which shows that our reliance on him is somewhat overstated. It was the perfect response to the Fulham game and it sets us up nicely for some trickier Premier League opponents in the weeks ahead.

If the result against Fulham was something of a disappointment, it's a measure of how far we've come in the last six to eight weeks. Our form has been excellent but sooner or later all the effort was going to catch up with us. There was an element of bad luck to it but after the start to the season there's not much margin for error. That's why Wigan is a very important game. I know we've had a difficult time there for the last couple of seasons but with most of the 'first team' not in midweek action in the Carling Cup I think we'll be ready and recharged for this one. With all due respect to Wigan this is a game any team with ambitions of a top-four finish (at least) should expect to win. That's not to say we just have to turn up, we all know that's not the case, but the experience and character in the squad now means we should see a professional, hard-working performance from Arsenal and if that's the case I think we'll take three points. Our momentum has been slightly halted in the last seven days, it's time to get going again.

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5 Dec 2011