Arsenal 3 v Wigan Athletic 0

How big a miss has Robin Van Persie been to Arsenal in the recent past ? In his blistering hat trick against Wigan at the Emirates on Saturday lay the answer – a huge miss – and what is in no doubt is that a fit and firing on all cylinders Van Perise will be crucial to the Gunners silverware ambitions this season. ” Arsenal were winning things for fun,” he said of the Gunners ‘success when he arrived in north London seven years ago, but having only tasted FA Cup success in 2005, the Holland striker and the rest of his team mates and manager are very keen to make up for lost time.

Van Persie reflects on treble strike


Wigan were reduced to ten men when Gary Caldwell was shown a red card for impeding Cesc Fabregas in the area. Van Persie took the spot kick, but blasted high over the bar. It mattered not. The Gunners number 10 had opened the scoring midway through the first half with a powerful drive, latched onto a Fabregas pass to volley in his second just before the hour mark and got his hat trick four minutes from time when Theo Walcott held up the ball for the assist. The fans applauded and even the watching David Beckham and son Romeo, who was wearing an Arsenal scarf, clapped at the quality on view.

The fact the the Gunners overwhelmingly superior football did not yield any further goals was due to Wigan ‘keeper Ali Al Habsi. The Oman stopper was in excellent form, denying Samir Nasri , Fabregas and Van Persie in particular.

Wave after wave

A neat exchange involving Nasri and Alex Song found Van Persie who broke the deadlock with a powerful left footed drive. Only 580 Wigan fans were present inside the Emirates Stadium and they knew what was coming. Wave of wave of red shirts saw Bacary Sagna on the right and Gael Clichy on the left in constant support of the attack as Wigan put up a huge defensive line of blue.


Van Persie doubled his and Arsenal’s tally with a superb volley. Fabregas had been dictating affairs from midfield and he picked out Van Persie with the perfect ball to be volleyed in past Al Habsi.

Inch perfect

The penalty aside, Van Persie was not going to be denied the match ball and his first Gunners treble was only moments away. Fabregas found Walcott with another inch perfect ball. The Arsenal 14 thought about shooting himself, but his angle was narrowing with the last Wigan defender. Van Persie was up alongside Walcott and from a tight angle, the hat trick was completed from the right foot as Arsenal posted back to back 3-0 Premiership wins and also clean sheets.


Van Persie has now netted eight times and afterwards, Arsene Wenger was full of praise for his marksman, describing him as ” outstanding.” with Fabregas also getting the managers nod of approval. Both are an integral part of this young Arsenal side and both are desperate to ensure that silverware soon arrives in the red half of north London.