Wigan vs Arsenal- Top 4 Material by VSM
What is it that teams who win the title always get praised for? Not playing at their best and still winning. And that philosophy epitomized what Arsenal did today. We played far from our best, Wigan made sure of that, and we’ve come out of it with three points. Now I’m not saying we are champion’s material, but I think it’s encouraging that we are picking up points whilst not playing to the best of our abilities.
Wigan adopted a style that a lot of teams are starting to have against us, and that is pressing us high up the pitch. They don’t allow our midfield trio any time on the ball, and early on they made sure Cazorla didn’t have any time on the ball. As a result he was quiet and we didn’t create much as a team.
In the second half we did look more up for it, Chamberlain especially showing intent. Ironically, Walcott came in from the right hand side to get the penalty with Arteta slotting home. Which raises up the question of Walcott as a striker. I strongly believe that he’s more effective from the right. He didn’t show sufficient strength do be a lone striker, and at times he looked very isolated. In the situation that we were in today we had to have a striker who held the ball up and waited for support, Giroud being perfect for this role. After playing the ball to Walcott, our midfield had to try and run up to support him, but Walcott is not a target man, and thus he was isolated a lot of the time alone up front. We need the pace that Walcott provides on the wing in my opinion.
The last thing I’m going to talk about is Wilshere’s yellow. It was a committed, one footed tackle which has received a yellow. It’s baffling how the Wigan players were in uproar along with the crowd for a good tackle like that was. Again though it’s fantastic to see the commitment that Wilshere shows on a weekly basis.
All in all, a hard fought win, and for all the crisis that everyone has assumed regarding our club, we’re third right now, and, assuming Chelsea win tomorrow or in the other game they have in hand, we are still in the top 4. Hopefully there to stay.