The Gunners failed to create any real clear-cut chances and their best opportunity came after just 42 seconds when striker Emmanuel Adebayor forced goalkeeper Chris Kirkland into a save low on the edge of his area after racing on to a through-ball.
Wigan defended heroically for a point to aid their cause and although the leaders moved two ahead of Manchester United, having played a match more, they missed an opportunity to increase the pressure on their main rivals.
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