Arsenal - That's what £27.5 million buys you

Arsenal may have just given Arsene Wenger even more reason to carry on spending last night.

Aside from the fact Arsenal got one step closer to securing Champions League qualification by beating Wigan last night, the way they did it caught the eye.

As ever with the Gunners there was the moment of doubt, in Shaun Maloney's free-kick before half-time which a stronger hand from Wojciech Szczesny may just have kept out.

But in the second half Arsenal were dazzling and had they not eased off after the fourth, you felt they could have pushed the score to six or seven had they really needed to, given the way the Latics were entirely demoralised by that point.

But it was not just the fact they did it, not the way they did it, but who helped them get the win which stood out.

Theo Walcott stepped up as he has so often this season, scoring the crucial second goal when latching onto a ball through the centre to fire home. 

For his battle to be recognised by his manager as a legitimate striking option, it was a timely message to Arsene Wenger ahead of a potential spending spree this summer.

And any spending spree should fill fans with confidence, for the first time in a while, Arsene Wenger looks to be finding his range in the transfer market, via his last four signings - Podolski, Cazorla, Giroud and Monreal.

Just the first two played a role last night against Wigan, but their quality shone through, and justified their expensive price tags.

Lukas Podolski, signed for £11 million from Cologne last summer hit his 10th and 11th Premier League goals of the season, bagging the first and third in the win.

Santi Cazorla, a £16.5 million buy, meanwhile had one of his greatest games in an Arsenal shirt. While his hat-trick against Reading at the end of last year was impressive, the four assists he provided in this demolition of the Latics will be fondly remembered.

The two players gave Arsenal what they needed to put Wigan away, cementing their reputations as match-winners. It would be easy to point the figure and say by doing it against a tired Wigan side does not prove anything, but that would be unfair.

For it would be to ignore the huge stakes of the match, which both Wigan and Arsenal were playing for.

Arsenal, Cazorla, and Podolski have had their ups and downs this season, but when it matters the two signings clicked into gear and showed they were worth every penny.

Now they just have to follow that up by repeating the feat away to Newcastle on Sunday. If they can, then the success of the pair may just be the prelude to Arsene Wenger spending the cash on further big stars this summer.

What did you make of Arsenal's performance last night? How good was Cazorla?

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