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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wigan Relegated, Arsenal Win Means Champions League Race Down to the Wire



Roberto Martinez’s FA Cup winning side Wigan Athletic will be playing Championship football next season after the Latics were beaten 4-1 away to Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Both teams went into the match with contrasting interests, Arsenal chasing Champions League football and Wigan trying to avoid the drop. To achieve this, they both needed nothing less than a win.

It was the Gunners however who would end the night on a more optimistic state as a brace from German Lucas Podolski and a goal each from Three Lions duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlin gave them a win and left Wigan players and supporters heartbroken.

Wigan went into the match still fresh from conquering Manchester City in the FA Cup final in Wembley and maintained the starting lineup that eclipsed the former Premier League champions. They however fell behind with just 11 minutes on the clock, Podolski heading home a Santi Carzola corner. Shaun Maloney struck a sublime freekick to draw the Latics level just before the interval but Wenger’s men netted thrice in the second half to end Wigan’s eight-year stint in top-flight football.

They join Reading and Queens Park Rangers who both dropped to Championship football. Cardiff City, Hull City and either Watford or Crystal Palace will join the English top flight next season.

Arsenal nicked in a win they desperately needed on the night to keep their Champions League hopes alive. The Gunners moved into 4th place, a point above Tottenham and two behind Chelsea with the last round of matches slated for Sunday.

Tottenham and Arsenal will have fairly easy games with Spurs hosting Paulo Di Canio’s Sunderland who just about evaded the drop while Wenger’s men travel to St. James’ Park for their clash with Newcastle. Europa League finalists Chelsea need only a point to guarantee them Champions League football but they’ll face a tricky tie against Everton in David Moyes’ last game in charge of the Toffees.  

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