WIGAN (Sporting Alert) — Theo Walcott starts up front once again for Arsenal in this afternoon’s Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan at the DW Stadium.

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Venue: DW Stadium
Date: Saturday, 22 December
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In fact, Arsenal named an unchanged team from the side that thrashed Reading 5-2 on Monday night.

On Arsrnal.com, the club also confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere all start as well.

A victory for Arsenal would see the Gunners moving up to third, at least until Tottenham and Chelsea play their games.

Gervinho, Laurent Koscielny and Andrey Arshavin are all amongst the substitutes.

For Wigan, David Jones and Franco Di Santo both return to replace Mauro Boselli who was dropped to the bench, and the injured Adrian Lopez who is out with a hamstring problem he picked up in Norwich.

Also coming in is Shaun Maloney and he replaces Jordi Gomez, who was also dropped to the bench.

Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Kone, McCarthy, Jones, Di Santo, Maloney, McArthur, Boyce, Beausejour, Stam, Figueroa.
Subs: Pollitt, Caldwell, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Fyvie, Golobart

Arsenal FC: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott.
Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Coquelin, Ramsey, Arshavin, Gervinho.

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