Sunday, December 7, 2008

Arsenal 1-0 Wigan : One Goal Not Enough??

Emmanuel Adebayor poked home the only goal of the game as Arsenal triumped over a spirited Wigan Athletic at the Emirates Stadium.

Steve Bruce's side started brightly as they pressured the ball and were able to control the tempo with Wilson Palacios proving a constant menace to the Arsenal backline.

However, despite their pedestrian opening, the Gunners took the lead in the 16th minute as Wigan failed to clear a corner and Cesc Fabregas looped the ball back into the box where Emmanuel Adebayor reacted quickest to beat Chris Kirkland.

The hosts continued to frustrate though and the Latics tried to capitalise on the uneasy atmosphere with Emile Heskey going perilously close with a header from Henri Camara's cross.

The game burst into life in the second period with both sides attacking at every opportunity. Initially it was the Gunners taking the upper hand as they tried to put the game beyond doubt, Adebayor and Denilson both striking the woodwork.

Wigan introduced Amr Zaki after the hour mark and he had an immediate impact as he twisted on the edge of the box and forced a fine save from Almunia. However, the Spanish stopper saved his best for the resulting corner as the ball dropped to Mario Melchiot who struck from point-blank range and Almunia somehow stuck out an arm to block.

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