The hosts opened the affair with pluck and had Arsenal penned in early on. The Latics were on the offensive and congested the visitors final third for a solid twenty minutes. Six minutes from the start, Wigan were pressing for the opening goal. A dangerous cross was swatted away but Szczesny but fell kindly for Jordi Gomez. Were it not for a superb block by Santos, the Gunners would be left to chase a very early lead. Shortly after, the Latics' attack petered out and Arsenal asserted dominance. The change of play was telling; the entire Arsenal squad had moved up the pitch and effectively camped there for the rest of the match. Wigan's tactics were curious, when the Gunner's backline had possession, their forwards refrained from the slightest challenge on Arsenal's defense. This allowed Arsenal to defend from the front, and once it developed, the result was in little doubt. With more of the ball Arsenal began chipping away, and the goals would soon arrive. Mikel Arteta found a bit of space and seeing the keeper just off his line, fired a brilliant shot that kissed the keeper's gloves and powered its way into the top left corner of the net. Almost as impressive was an RVP corner, taken hardly a minute later, that was expertly headed home by defender Thomas Vermalen. Two goals in two minutes and with twenty-nine gone, the game was all but over already. Another corner and Walcott nearly capitalized from a scramble in the box. Fluid passing gifted Van Persie with a shot that was also narrowly saved. It was a tale of two very different sides at the break, and I'm sure Wigan were more than grateful for fifteen minutes' respite.
A big win is always a boost, but on the heels of the draw with Fulham and Carling Cup loss to Man City, the rout was important to keep the momentum going. Arsenal are now unbeaten in seven League games and face Everton next. This was a very strong all-around performance from the Gunners. Perhaps the only complaint could be with Aaron Ramsey's finishing. He's unquestionably a valuable midfield asset, but his poor finishing often seems to result from poor decision-making: taking the shot or playing the ball. Gervinho, on the other hand, produced (in my opinion) his finest display in an Arsenal shirt. He was all over the place, plaguing the Wigan defense with his own efforts but also by supplying his teammates. This striker has already greatly improved since moving to North London and we can only hope for more greatness to come. Along the same lines, Van Perie + Walcott = incredible. At times it seems the two are simply scoring for fun! There's a chemistry in this squad thats been missing for many months and this truly is a dangerous Arsenal! Come On You Gunners!!