Arsenal 1-0 Wigan Highlights
Emmanuel Adebayor’s first-half strike handed a below-par Arsenal victory, ending Wigan’s five-game unbeaten run.
Wigan came close to opening the scoring when Wilson Palacios’ deflected shot was smartly saved by Manuel Almunia.
Instead, Adebayor broke the deadlock when he slotted home a low effort after collecting a pass from Cesc Fabregas.
Adebayor almost doubled the lead but Chris Kirkland tipped his shot onto the post and Denilson also saw his drive cannon back off the woodwork.
The two sides met in the Carling Cup last month, when Arsenal’s youngsters ran out 3-0 winners against a near full-strength Wigan team.
But Arsenal’s seniors struggled to find anything like the fluency of their apprentices, while the visitors might feel that they were a little unlucky to come away with nothing.
Wigan enjoyed early success with a robust and disciplined approach – although Palacios took things too far when he challenged Samir Nasri from behind and ended the Frenchman’s match as a result.
Before that, Palacios might have put his side ahead when he struck a shot from the edge of the box but Almunia saved well.
Arsenal looked sluggish and were lacking fight but they went ahead when Fabregas’ pass found its way through to Adebayor and he scored with a low shot to Kirkland’s right.
Adebayor was inches away from doubling Arsenal’s lead when his shot was helped onto the post by Kirkland.
LAST SEASON’S CORRESPONDING GAME
Arsenal 2-0 Wigan Athletic
24 November 2007 – Ref: Peter Walton
Arsenal scorers: Gallas 83, Rosicky 85