It took a soft penalty decision awarded to us and a couple turned down for Wigan to get all three points but right now, do we honestly care?
Walcott didn’t dive, he just stumbled over after being gently caught from behind and as for the Wigan claims for handball, well blame the ref for that. Just as we have to when decisions like that go against us!
In fact, Jonathan Moss was dreadful yesterday. He booked Jack Wilshere for after making a wonderful, well-timed and accurate tackle in which he clearly won the ball but allowed Wigan players to commit fouls as and when they chose.
We weren’t at our best yesterday, not by a long way and Wigan contributed to that by closing us down quickly. The pitch didn’t help either but that was the same for both sides and it didn’t stop Wigan getting forward and creating chances. They were allowed too much time and space all too often and had they been able to cross and finish better, the result would have been very different, but they couldn’t and it wasn’t and that’s that!
We had the first chance, Arteta broke away with the ball and found Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. His shot was pushed past the post by Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi. Kone had Wigan’s first chance but his soft shot was straight at Szczesny. He really should have done better.
The same player had another chance soon after. He was played through by Di Santo and as Per Mertesacker struggled to match him for pace, the player took his shot, but fired wide.
Wigan continued to get forward at every chance with Stam and Beausejour but couldn’t make any attack count, mostly because of their lack of composure in the penalty area or the inability to find a team-mate when it mattered.
After the break, Walcott had a couple of good chances after Oxlaide-Chamberlain set him up, but both chances were denied.
Walcott was forced out wide after an over hit cross. He played a one two with Santi Cazorla as he pressed into the penalty area. As he did so, he was caught by Beausejour from behind. Not a bad tackle, just a clumsy one and the referee pointed to the spot.
Arteta stepped up and made no mistake. 1-0
Wigan again threatened through Kone which Szczesny saved, he also denied another chance, this one from Figueroa. David Jones fired a chance just wide from distance and then there was a moment of controversy when a shot was fired in and the ball clearly hit Kieran Gibbs arms.
Wigan continued to try and get the equaliser but we held on to take all three points.
So what did that game tell us?
Walcott isn’t strong enough to play up front on his own?
The defence were all over the place at times and gifted Wigan far too much space and time down both flanks?
Our midfield is in desperate need of an organiser? We need a brute who will the battles both on the ground and in the air and protect the back four.
The positive side to yesterday is that we kept a clean sheet and went home with three points.
I just hope Wenger doesn’t think that three victories on the trot make things alright because it’s not…
Twenty three and maybe we will all start believing it is…..
Just a quick mention about The Emirates deal.
Emirates senior vice-president Boutros Boutros has confirmed that the Dubai-based airline, are planning to impose results-based precautions as part of any new deal.
There are certain clauses, from 2015, that we pay them a percentage less if they don’t perform.
The Champions League is part of the new contract. It’s just to keep them on their toes.
It’s fair to us and fair to them.
Have a good day all…….