PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Wigan v Arsenal – as it happens from the DW Stadium
14:17 GMT, 22 December 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Wigan host Arsenal at the DW Stadium to start the weekend's action. The Gunners will aim for a third straight league victory when they travel north to an injury hit Latics side that have taken just one point from their last four games.
Wigan 0 Arsenal 1
Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, Maloney, McArthur, McCarthy, Jones, Di Santo, Kone.
Subs: Pollitt, Caldwell, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Fyvie, Golobart.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott.
Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Coquelin, Ramsey, Arshavin, Gervinho.
Goal: Arteta 60 (pen)
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)
73mins: Another chance for the home side as David Jones hits a rasping first-time left-foot shot inches wide of the goal. Szczesny was stranded.
70mins: Figueroa tries his luck from range but his effort takes a deflection and Szczesny makes the save.
Kone then has a chance as he cuts in from the left but again the Polish keeper is up to the task. Better from Wigan.
68mins: It turns out Di Santo was asked to remove an earring, hence his brief stay on the touchline. It certainly appeared as if it was news to him.
66mins: Di Santo is still on the touchline despite the fact there seems to be nothing wrong with him. He looks bemused before finally being allowed on. It was as if he decided to send him to the sin bin rather than book him!
64mins: Arsenal win a free kick after Di Santo's late challenge on Kieran Gibbs. Bafflement ensues as the WIgan player is told to leave the field for an unknown reason. He stands on the touchline while the fourth official tries to explain the situation.
In front: Mikel Arteta scores from the penalty spot for Arsenal (above) before celebrating
Theo Walcott is bundled over by Jean Beausejour inside the area and the referee points to the spot. Arteta steps up and sends AL Habsi the wrong way.
58 mins: PENALTY TO ARSENAL!
53mins: Arsenal have certainly been much better so far in this half. Wigan can barely get the ball out of their own half.
51mins: Arsenal win a free kick in a promising position 25 yards from goal but Podolski crashes the ball into the wall with his left foot.
49mins: Chance! It's Oxlade-Chamberlain again who receives the ball on the right from Cazorla and this time he picks out Walcott who is in space but Al Habsi makes a fine one-handed save. Walcott may well feel that he should have done better though.
48mins: Maloney also does well at the other end but opts to hit the byline rather then cross and Per Mertesacker is on hand to force the Scot to run the ball out of play.
47mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain makes a determined start to the half with a delightful dummy to reach the byline but he couldn't quite pick out a team-mate in the box.
46mins: Here we go again…
1.35pm: Wigan had the edge in the first half but there was little to get excited about to be honest. Arsenal need to improve to get the win that would take them up to third.
HALF TIME: WIGAN 0 ARSENAL 0
46mins: Two minutes added on
45mins: Maloney gets his revenge on Wilshere, chopping him down in the Arsenal half. No booking for him though.
43mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain races up the right wing but Maynor Figueroa does very well to stop the England international at the byline.
Flying in: Santi Cazorla challenges Ronnie Stam as Arsenal take on Wigan
40mins: Wilshere is the first player to go in the book for a challenge on Maloney. The fans want a red and the Wigan players surround the referee but to be honest, in my eyes, it was a good challenge. Wilshere won the ball and didn't lead with both feet. It was a robust but fair challenge for me.
39mins: Arsenal win a corner and Walcott's ball is headed back across goal by Arteta but none of the visiting players can get it under control and Wigan clear.
37mins: The home fans are not happy after Kone is flagged offside on the left touchline. Maloney does well to find the Ivorian who looks to be inches offside but few would have complained had the advantage been given to the forward.
33mins: Cazorla looks the only danger for Arsenal at the moment and he produces more trickery to find Walcott on the edge of the box but he is closed down before he can get the shot away.
31mins: Ronnie Stam gets into a good position on the right wing but his final ball lets home down. That's quickly becoming the story of Wigan's half.
28mins: And indeed, Wigan remain on top at the DW Stadium while Arsenal look devoid of ideas. Martinez's side could do with adding a cutting edge however and indeed, getting their noses in front before Wenger delivers his team talk at the interval.
25mins: It's an obvious and rather pointless saying but Wigan really do need to make the most of such opportunities against Arsenal. The Gunners don't look to be in great shape and could well be there for the taking.
23mins: Chance! Aruna Kone bursts clear on the left and drags his shot across goal when he looked set to put Wigan in front.
19mins: Wilshere is limping after a late challenge, hopefully the midfielder will run it off soon.
Tussle: Arsenal's Theo Walcott (right) turns away from Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy
17mins: Visiting fans are in good voice, something that can't always be said about the Emirates. Maloney has received treatment for a cut on his head after an accidental collision with Sagna.
15mins: Arsenal haven't looked particularly fluent so far, Cazorla's skill aside, and Jack Wilshere fails to win a free kick on the edge of his box.
13mins: The game has settled down again after that flurry of activity. Shaun Maloney is looking bright as he looks to help create openings for the home side.
11mins: Al Habsi is called into action again, this time after Lukas Podolksi charges through before letting fly from the edge of the area but the Oman international is on hand to save.
9mins: Brilliant from Cazorla. He flicks the ball through McCarthy's legs to Mikel Arteta who feeds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but his shot from just inside the box is beaten behind by Ali Al Habsi.
8mins: Arsenal have been sloppy so far and Wigan look to be in no mood to let them off the hook.
7mins: Di Santo does well to latch onto a lofted ball, again on the right wing, but his cross is poor and floats over the waiting players in the box.
5mins: James McArthur feeds Franco Di Santo on the right but his cross is easily cut out by Thomas Vermaelen.
Eyes on the ball: Wigan's Jean Beausejour keeps close watch on Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
3mins: Wigan aren't afraid to get at Arsenal from the start and remember, they went 2-0 up early on at the Emirates last season before holding on for a 2-1 win.
2mins: Bacary Sagna wins the first corner of the game which is flighted in by Walcott only to be comfortably clear.
1min: We're off and Arsenal are straight on the attack through Walcott but he loses possession in the Wigan half.
12.40pm: Just minutes away from kick off in Wigan.
12.35pm: Arsenal could do with some reinforcements too and we revealed today that Wenger has his eye on Barcelona's David Villa. Read the full story here.
It's one of those signings that would be brilliant if it comes off but I can't help feel that Villa will opt to remain in Spain. It would however represent something of a shift in policy from Wenger, paying a decent fee, at least for the loan, for an experienced player.
12.30pm: Martinez also wants to bring Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez in on loan. The highly-rated Mexican has been unable to force his way into the first team at Old Trafford.
Meeting of minds: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez greets Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left)
12.20pm: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has already been busy in the transfer market. Honduras international midfielder Roger Espinoza has joined him at the DW Stadium.
'He is a player we have been following closely since June 2010, when he made his debut in the World Cup versus Chile,' said Martinez.
'In that game, he showed tremendous potential and slowly, he has been developing into an exciting footballer over the last three seasons in the MLS and has enjoyed terrific experiences at international level – specifically his role with Honduras in the Olympic games.
'The games versus Spain and Brazil in that tournament showed the winning and strong mentality that he possesses, which will be an important asset to our squad.'
12.15pm: Arsenal will fancy scoring a few this afternoon then and Santi Cazorla will be looking to add to his hat-trick from Monday night. The Spaniard has been a revelation a the Emirates since joining from Malaga for just 12million in the summer.
Cazorla has seven strikes to his name so far, just two behind his biggest total for a season.
12.10pm: Wigan are not exactly in great form themselves, winning one of the their last seven in the Premier League and have kept just two clean sheets this season.
12.05pm: So, Theo Walcott leads the line for Arsenal again today but still hasn't put pen to paper on a new deal. Five of his English team-mates did just that this week but Walcott remains hesitant it seems.
12pm: Here, as promised, is the Wigan line-up:
Al-Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, Jones, McArthur, McCarthy, Maloney, Di Santo, Kone.
Wigan are in the midst of an injury crisis and of eight likely absentees only James McCarthy makes the starting line-up after recovering from an ankle problem, although captain Gary Caldwell (hamstring) is on the bench.
11.50am: I will have the Wigan team news for you shortly but in the meantime, how do you see this one going
Every game is must win for the Gunners at the moment, and this is no different.
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11.45am: Arsenal are unchanged from the side who beat Reading 5-2 on Monday night.
Full team: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski
11.40am: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the opening chapter of this weekend's Premier League action. The DW Stadium plays host to Wigan against Arsenal at 12.45pm.
Saturday opener: Wigan host Arsenal at the DW Stadium to start the weekend's action