By Giuseppe Muro
Wigan have already made one trip to Emirates Stadium this season, when they went down 2-0 in the Carling Cup in November.
But can Roberto Martinez’s side improve on that result in the Premier League on Saturday? We spoke to Paul Kendrick of the Wigan Observer to get a Wigan perspective on the weekend’s game.
On one hand, you could look at all these games unbeaten and say they are in good form. But, unfortunately, there have been too many draws and not enough victories. The win against Wolves was one of the few they have had in the last couple of months. It’s a massive game this weekend and Emirates Stadium is not the ideal place to go when you’re trying to get back to winning ways.
BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL
Most Wigan fans were realistic enough to accept that this season was probably going to be a struggle with a lot of fresh players coming in and a lot of players going out. Wigan fans have never expected a top-half finish and it has been a struggle this season. On the positive side, Wigan have been able to stay up and show enough fight to stay in the Premier League.
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
They generally tend to play away like they do at home by keeping possession, creating chances and trying to play as much football as possible. Sometimes it obviously doesn’t work but on the off-chance everything comes together, as they showed at Tottenham, they are capable of getting a result.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
It’s not just the away matches, they are struggling for home goals as well. I think there is a reliance on Hugo Rodallega at the moment. The general thinking is that if he doesn’t score then you are looking around to see who will. Franco di Santo came back last weekend after injury and that is a massive plus because he has barely played since joining from Chelsea in the summer. Goals are a concern.
Roberto Martinez will set up as he did in the Carling Cup and as he did at DW Stadium. It’s a strict 4-5-1 formation and he tends not to deviate from that. You won’t see Wigan parking the bus in front of the goal, they will try and play their football like they did in the home game and hopefully they will get the rub of the green like they did last month at the DW Stadium and maybe steal a point again.