Why Arsenal are big winners from Swansea's win over Wigan

Swansea's 3-2 win at Wigan on Tuesday night has plenty of repercussions for the teams at the bottom, but it might also give Arsenal an edge in their remaining two fixtures.

If you saw almost any other side in Wigan's current predicament, there would be an assumption they were relegated already, but given Roberto Martinez's knack of pulling his team back from the brink, there is still hope at the DW of another remarkable escape.

The 3-2 loss to Swansea did however hurt them considerably, and with the FA Cup final coming this weekend, there is a real chance Wigan could find themselves four points adrift before they play again as this weekend the three teams on 38 points, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Norwich City, all have winnable fixtures,

Newcastle travel to QPR, Norwich host West Brom, and Sunderland hope Southampton. That last match will likely be the one Wigan fans will keep their eyes on; as whoever loses there will be the team they hope to overtake in their last two fixtures.

However if those three sides did win, Wigan would have to make up four points in two matches, and even with their history, their chance of survival would be very slim.

Along with the other sides at the bottom Arsenal might be the great beneficiaries of this, as with their last two games coming against Wigan and Newcastle United, having the relegation battle more or less settled before those matches would give them a welcome edge in what will be nervy fixtures regardless of the result between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea and Stamford Bridge.

Wigan will still put up a fight, but Arsenal will surely prove too strong for them at home, and with Martinez's team forced to go for a win in that game, Arsenal might have plenty of space to attack themselves. The last game at Newcastle, even with the Magpies in terrible form, looked a potential banana skin as well, but if Newcastle are safe by then, Arsenal should have an easier time at St James' Park.

Add in Arsenal's own imperious recent form, and it looks very likely they will win their last two games, which would mean that only a Spurs win tonight, followed by Chelsea and Spurs also winning their final matches, can keep them out of the top four.

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