WIGAN (Sporting Alert) — After blazing five goals past Reading on Monday night, Arsenal FC will look to build on that victory in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game at DW Stadium against Wigan.
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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Venue: DW Stadium
Date: Saturday, 22 December
Live TV: ESPN and ESPN3.com
Arsenal defeated Reading 5-2 in a seven goal thriller in its last outing, which prompted the club’s manager Arsene Wenger to say his team is finally back on track to fight for the title this season.
Wenger is will have a major decision to make on Saturday when it comes to selecting his man to play in the center forward position.
Theo Walcott was impressive against Reading and could get the nod once again over Olivier Giroud, who started on the bench at Reading.
Attacking midfield playmaker Santi Cazorla will be another key figure in the Arsenal line and he’s looking forward to building on his hat-trick from his last game, as well as his first festive football stint.
“I do think it [a winter break] is beneficial because you are able to disconnect mentally, psychologically,” Cazorla said on Arsenal.com.
“There are times when you become saturated with games, you are unclear about things, and the break that happens in Spain makes you more relaxed mentally.
“But I think that the Premier League overall is already tough with regards to the number of matches that you have to play in a row, so I do not think the month of December is very different from the rest of the months.”
Wigan, in the meantime, will have to face the Gunners without the services of several players, who continue to be on the long-term injury list.
Defender Adrian Lopez is out after picking up a hamstring injury that could sideline him for up to 10 weeks, while midfielder James McCarthy has an ankle injury and is doubtful.
Wigan vs Arsenal FC Teams
Wigan: Al Habsi, Pollitt, Beausejour, Caldwell, Boyce, McArthur, Kone, Boselli, Gomez, Jones, McManaman, Fyvie, Stam, Di Santo, Golobart, Redmond, Maloney, Figueroa.
Arsenal FC: Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta, Walcott, Mannone, Ramsey, Gervinho, Rosicky, Koscielny, Coquelin, Jenkinson, Arshavin.