Arsenal midfielder and vice-captain, Mikel Arteta, insists that Arsenal will have to be at their best to beat Wigan Athletic when the two sides meet tonight at the Emirates Stadium.

Both teams are in dire need of a win as the Gunners are fighting for a Champions League spot and Wigan are fighting for their own survival in the Premier League.

Arsenal are currently in fifth place behind fierce-rivals Tottenham, but they know a win would take them back above Spurs and into fourth.

As for Wigan, they know that only a win is good enough - otherwise relegation is confirmed.

The two sides met around this time last year and it was Wigan that actually came away with the three points after they beat the Gunners 2-1 at the Emirates.

The Latics are also on a high currently after surprising Manchester City in the FA Cup final at the weekend after a late Ben Watson winner saw them lift up the trophy at Wembley.

Arteta believes Wigan will be riding the crest of a wave after their trophy success - and he feels they will be fighting for their lives on Tuesday night.

"You never know what the reaction is going to be," Arteta told Arsenal Player. "You're not used to winning so you don't know what the reaction is going to be because you can't really compare with the past and the way they reacted.

"They will play for their lives. For them it's massive to stay in the Premier League. I'm sure they will give everything they've got. I don't know how much they've got in the tank but whatever they've got, they are going to give it. They are a dangerous team as they showed here last year when they played against us."


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