Wigan Athletic 0 Arsenal 4

Arsenal emerged emphatic winners at the DW Stadium, with four unanswered goals, as Mikel Arteta, Thomas Vermaelen, Gervinho and Robin Van Persie strikes ensured that the Gunners’ unbeaten Premiership sequence remained intact. Given the mid-week Carling Cup blip, and notwithsatnding last week end’s draw with the Cottagers, the manner of the victory will not only please Arsene Wenger, but also send a strong message to to rest of the Premiership. In the recent past, Wigan have made a fight of things in this fixtutre, but in the present, they were no match for a rampant Arsenal side for whom confidence has returned at just the right time. There are eight fixtures for the Gunners to navigate in December. Four goals and a clean sheet sees Arsenal in no mood to let their good form slacken off in the festive season.

There is a difference between the team at the start of the season and now and and we can still improve. Robin van Persie was exceptional, especially in a collective way.” – Arsene Wenger

Powerful

Yet Wigan made a decent start, as the Gunners took thier time to adapt to what could have been another tricky northern test. But two goals just shy of the half hour mark were to blow Wigan away. Firstly Arteta’s swerving effort from distance – his third Arsenal goal of the season – proving to be too good for Ali Al-Habsi, who let the ball slip through his hands. Only a minute had elapsed, when the Oman ‘keeper was once again fishing the ball out of his net again, as Vermaelen’s powerful header went in off the post. For consecutive Premiership fixtures the Belgian scored, and here it was to establish a two goal cushion for the Gunners.

Strong penalty claims

Wigan, who had earlier seen Conor Sammon and Victor Moses test the Gunners defence, briefly attempted to mount a second hafl revival, but in this mood, Wenger’s side were never going to relinquish their advantage. Aaron Ramsey was enjoying his afternoon and had strong claims for a penalty turned down after being felled by Steven Gohouri. You always sensed that there was more to come from the Gunners. Gervinho is finding the demands of the Premiership to his liking, and after proving to be a menace to the home side all afternoon, he finally got his rewards. Al-Habsi was only able to push away Van Persie’s shot, with the Ivorian the grateful recipient of the Wigan keeper’s generosity just past the hour mark.

Delighted

Everyone accepts that there is much more than just goals to Van Persie’s game, and his captaincy and link up play have proved crucial to the side’s confidence. The Holland striker had threatened to add to his tally, and typically he was not to be denied his fourteenth Premiership goal twelve minutes before the end. Theo Walcott is another player blossoming, and rising to the challenge. The England striker’s pace and know how crafted Arsenal’s fourth of the afternoon, with the reipient, the delighted Van Persie finding the target to round off a thoroughly satisfying afternoon for Wenger’s side.