Latics are back at Wembley this weekend attempting to pull off another season defining result, but Arsenal will be a tough team to face at this stage of the season, especially with Arsene Wenger chasing a pot to appease the Gooners who are starting to ask difficult questions of the clubs manager.
Looking back down the years at previous meetings between the Latics and Arsenal it is fair to say that, in the 20 games between the two clubs, we don’t have the best of records.
Latics 3 wins, Arsenal 15, draws 2
But, I know you shouldn’t start a sentence with but, but it is a big BUT, when it mattered we pulled out the stops to gain our three victories. Who can forget the Carling Cup semi-final 1st leg at the DW Stadium in 2006, Paul Scharner’s debut for the Latics, he scored the only goal of the game to set us up nicely for the return leg and a trip to the final.
Or being 2-0 down at home in April 2010, looking all set for relegation, that is until we managed three goals in the final ten minutes, two of which came in the last minute of the game. Charles N’Zogbia’s last gasp winner that day was a magnificent goal and worthy to win any match.
The best victory over Arsenal though came towards the end of last season. Faced with a daunting run-in to get ourselves out of the quagmire the Latics turned on the style, we went to the Emirates on Monday 16th April 2012 and put in a truly fantastic performance, firstly Di Santo and then Gomez had us 2-0 up after just eight minutes, although Arsenal pulled a goal back we had control of the game and a solid team performance brought the three points back up to the North West on a truly memorable night, more of the same today please lads.
Unfortunately we lost our last meeting when the Gunners beat us 4-1 at the Emirates back in May 2013 to relegate us from the Premier League, that was only the second time in our history that we had suffered relegation and boy did it hurt. We owe them one for that.
Last Six Meetings
14 May 2013 – Premier League – Arsenal 4 Latics 1
22 Dec 2012 – Premier League – Latics 0 Arsenal 1
16 Apr 2012 – Premier League – Arsenal 1 Latics 2
03 Dec 2011 – Premier League – Latics 0 Arsenal 4
22 Jan 2011 – Premier League – Arsenal 3 Latics 0
29 Dec 2010 – Premier League – Latics 2 Arsenal 2
Last Time Out
Arsenal 4 Latics 1
Goal scorers –
Arsenal: Podoloski (2), Walcott, Ramsey
Referee – Mike Dean
Attendance – 60,068
Arsenal – Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Rosicky (Oxlade-Chamberlain 78), Arteta (Vermaelen 90), Ramsey, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski (Wilshere 90)
Subs – Fabianski, Jenkinson, Monreal, Gervinho
Latics – Robles, Koné, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Maloney (Henriquez 85), Gomez (Watson 64), McManaman (Di Santo57), McArthur, Boyce, Espinoza, Scharner.
Subs – Al Habsi, Caldwell, Fyvie, Golobart.