Manager Roberto Martinez is hoping for a much-needed lift against Arsenal on Saturday as Wigan battle an ongoing injury crisis from a familiar position in the Barclays Premier League table.

Striving to avoid relegation has been almost an annual occurrence for the Latics but last season's strong finish from what looked at one stage a hopeless position left them optimistic this campaign could be different. And they had stayed away from the bottom three until dropping into it last week amid a run of only one point from four games.

There have certainly been extenuating circumstances, most notably their lengthy injury list - Wigan could be without eight players, including four central defenders, for Saturday's clash with Arsenal. Martinez said: "When you're coping with seven or eight players missing, very important players and four of them playing in the same position, that's quite unique."

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