In the next few hours, all eyes will focus to Wembley Stadium for the big match between Arsenal and Wigan. The two teams are meeting ahead of FA Cup semi final that is set to kick-off at exactly 17.07 BST. As part of preparations for the crucial fixture, Arsenal seeks to conduct fitness tests to three players. This comes after the players picked different injuries during their past fixtures. For Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he has been suffering from a groin injury alongside fellow midfielder, Tomas Rosicky. Tomas suffered a thigh injury whereas Kieran Gibbs nurses ankle injuries.
Ahead of the Saturday, April 12th clash it will be remembered that Wigan are Cup holders. Last season, Wigan beat Manchester City in an entertaining encounter. The man who scored a deciding goal, Ben Watson will be missing out of Wigan squad on Saturday as he is still nursing injuries on his broken leg. Looking at the goalkeeping position, Latics boss Uwe Rosler has to decide on whom to place there. There are only two options between Scott Carson and Ali Habsi to fill up the position. Now, the big question lies on whether Rosler will emulate Roberto Martinez who won FA Cup last season.
For Uwe Rosler, he took charge of Wigan in December shortly after Owen Coyle’s ill-fated short reign. Still Rosler believes that Martinez did a great and recommendable work during his time at Wigan. In weighing Arsenal’s potential of winning the semi final clash, it seems to hang on the balance. This match follows Arsene Wenger’s defeat last weekend while playing Everton. The Premier League fixture ended 3-0 in favor of Martinez’s Everton thus darkened Arsenal chances of finishing top four. To Rosler, Arsenal’s loss to Everton is nothing to worry about since it should serve as a re-igniting factor ahead of the Saturday FA encounter.
Further, Rosler seemed to be very optimistic as he prepares to face Arsenal at Wembley. His side will work hard to remain on the game alongside giving themselves a perfect chance of getting through to finals. There have been several criticism and motivating statements from Arsenal’s supporters. The first to comment on Arsenal’s chances of winning the Saturday encounter against Wigan is Ray Parlour. You will remember that Parlour served as Gunners’ manager and won nine major honors that included three league titles and four FA Cups.
In his statement, Ray said that Arsenal should at least work hard to win even one trophy as a form of breaking nine-year drought. This weekend, Gunners have a perfect opportunity of seeing themselves through into finals if at all they manage to beat unstoppable Wigan. The ex-England international continued to say that it is better to go for the trophy and finish fifth in the Premier League rather that work hard for top-four slot and miss the Cup. If you did not know, Arsenal has never met Wigan in FA Cup before besides facing off in other leagues 20 times. Out of 20 meetings, Arsenal has managed to win 15 as compared to Wigan’s three.