Arsenal v Wigan Athletic: Match Preview

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Arsenal v Wigan Athletic
Premier League
Emirates Stadium
Monday, April 16; 20:00

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Kieran Gibbs and Gervinho are both in contention to start against respective groin and ankle injuries.

Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega will face a fitness test ahead og the trip to the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger lauds Szczesny

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny ion the eve on the visit of Wigan Athletic.

The Gunners can extend their lead over fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur to eight points with victory over Wigan, after nine wins out of ten, spearheaded by the Pole's run of clean sheets.

The 21-year-old has made five shut out sin his last seven games and the French boss believes he could turn out to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

"The talent was always there but he is maturing quickly. I like that he is a good communicator," he said. "You have to adjust, it's important to find a balance.

"I wouldn't like to say publicly what he needs to do, I'd rather tell him myself. Overall he has the basic talent to be a top class keeper. How far he goes will depend on how much he wants to improve."

Latics boss Roberto Martinez, fresh from his side's win over leaders Manchester United last week, says his side can beat anyone.

"We are capable of getting results against anyone," Martinez said.

"We proved that against Manchester United but also against Chelsea and Liverpool. Those games allowed us to break a mental barrier that we had in the past.

"We went to Anfield and won, and in my eyes we beat Chelsea, even if we didn't win the game.

"When we are at our best, and we have to be perfect, we are a competitive side no matter who the opposition is."

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