Thirty-seven months ago, Arsenal had dying hopes of becoming 2009/10 English Premier League champions.
Their wish effectively ended on April 18, 2010. On that date, something extraordinary happened: Wigan Athletic staged an amazing comeback to beat the Gunners 3-2 at home.
Theo Walcott had offered his side a half-time boost with a 41st minute opener. Mikael Silvestre doubled the visitors’ advantage early in the second period. Victory looked secured until Ben
Watson – hero of the 2013 FA Cup final against Manchester City – reduced the deficit. Game on. Two minutes from normal time, Titus Bramble equalized by making the most of Lukasz Fabianski’s awful ability from corners.
At that moment, Wigan Athletic felt empowered. They knew every minute of the four added on had to be used wisely. Roared by their ecstatic home supporters, the Latics kept pressing on. Charles N’Zogbia combined pace and skill to put the icing on the cake with the winning goal – an impressive one indeed.
This 3-2 score line cancelled every chance for Arsenal to revive their 2010 English Premier League title hopes. The Gunners entered their fifth year without a single trophy.
Three years on from that stunning incident and Arsene Wenger continue to carry on without silverware. However, Tuesday’s home fixture against Wigan Athletic holds much importance as the hosts eye a top-four finish while the Latics are obliged to win or suffer relegation.
Arsene Wenger will be watching from the touchline, hoping his players overtake Tottenham Hotspur in fourth position at the end of proceedings. As of now, the Gunners count 67 points and are a couple behind Spurs. The former want to re-open their one-point advantage over the latter ahead of the very final round of matches which is set to take place on Sunday, May 19.
Meanwhile, Wigan Athletic could experience a miraculous end to their English Premier League campaign. They are four points away from the safe zone with six points left to gain. After stunning Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup final last weekend, the Latics are eyeing a repeat of what happened in their last visit to the Emirates where Di Santo and Gomez’s early strikes dismantled Arsenal 2-1.
Every minute will be precious on Tuesday night in London. Will Wigan leave it late and do an 'N'Zogbia' to maintain their hopes of Premier League survival? Count on a certain Watson to make that possible!
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