Arsenal kept their Champions League fate in their own hands after thumping Wigan Athletic at the Emirates Stadium 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Both sides went into the game knowing only a win would be good enough as they were fighting for Champions League football and survival, and it was Arsenal that came out on top.
Both of the teams came into the game on a high-note as the Gunners were unbeaten in eight whilst Wigan have been celebrating their FA Cup victory at the weekend after beating Manchester City in the final 1-0.
The Gunners started the game in the drivers seat and they took the lead after 11 minutes after Lukas Podolski converted a Santi Cazorla corner.
The Spaniard’s corner missed every body and it was Podolski who met the ball and he headed home past Joel to give the Gunners a crucial lead.
English forward Theo Walcott thought he doubled Arsenal's lead but his delightful chip was ruled out for offside.
Like on many occasions, Arsenal took the early lead but then took their foot off the pedal. They were restricted by Wigan to long-range shots and after the goal; they didn't create any more chances in the first-half.
With the game coming to the interval, referee Mike Dean awarded Wigan a soft free-kick just outside the box which Shaun Maloney thumped home to bring the sides level.
With a goal right on half-time, Wigan were boosted and started the second-half very well as Arouna Kone broke through the back-four, but saw his shot saved superbly by Wojciech Szczesny who stayed big to deny the striker.
James McCarthy then put the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was ruled out as the midfield-man was standing in an offside position.
It then began to look like Wigan were running out of ideas but after Theo Walcott missed a glorious chance to make it 2-1 and Santi Cazorla then missed a great chance to put Arsenal back in the lead, it looked as though Wigan would weather the storm.
It wasn’t to be, however, as the Spanish midfielder picked up the ball on the wing before producing a superb low-cross that met Walcott, who bundled the second assist and he still had more in his locker.
Soon after the second, there was a third as Lukas Podolski doubled his tally for the night.
It was Cazorla once again who won an aerial battle which then put the German forward through one-on-one with Wigan goalkeeper, Joel and the forward comfortably lobbed the keeper on the half-volley.
If it wasn't over at 3-1, it was definitely over at 4-1 and after Cazorla once again produced a great pass, it was Aaron Ramsey who delightfully finished off the move with a top-corner finish.
4-1 was how the game ended and it was a result that relegated Wigan to the Championship and saw Arsenal's Champions League hopes stay in their own hands.
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