Arsenal 4-1 Wigan Athletic: Arsenal player ratings

Arsenal condemned Wigan Athletic to relegation and put themselves on the brink of the Champions League with a dominant second half performances at the Emirates.

Nick Harris rates the Arsenal display player by player...

Wojciech Szczesny 7

There might a small question mark over Szczesny’s failure to get across to Shaun Maloney’s free kick in the first half, but the Pole more than made up for it with a superb block to stop Arouna Kone giving Wigan the lead early on in the second, a goal that could have changed the face of the game.

Bacary Sagna 7

It was a solid if unremarkable display from Sagna, who did well to cope with Maloney and the overlapping Roger Espinoza.

Kieran Gibbs 8

Callum McManaman was always going to struggle to reproduce his Wembley heroics, and Gibbs marshalled him well to limit the threat of Wigan’s right flank. Gibbs was also a force going forward, and showed Nacho Monreal there will be a real battle for the left back slot next season.

Laurent Koscielny 8

Another effective display from the Frenchman, who has been superb alongside Per Mertesacker over the last few weeks.

Per Mertesacker 8

The other half of what appears to be Arsenal’s best centre back partnership, Mertesacker has been their best defender all season, and between him and Koscielny they did well to mostly stop Kone getting a sniff of goal.

Mikel Arteta 6

The Spaniard had a quiet game in the centre of midfield, and might have picked up an injury that will see him miss the final day trip to Newcastle.

Aaron Ramsey 8

The Welshman took his goal magnificently, and was frequently a threat bursting forward from midfield. He looked shaky for a brief period when Wigan threatened to take the lead, but came back well to help Arsenal win the game.

Santi Cazorla 10

A virtuoso display from the Spaniard, who set up each and every one of Arsenal’s goals. His inch perfect pass for Walcott to slot home the second was perhaps the pick of the bunch on a day when Cazorla was simply unplayable for long stretches of the match.

Tomas Rosicky 6

A relatively quiet day for the Czech midfielder, who has been so influential in recent weeks.

Theo Walcott 9

Walcott was a constant menace either on his flank or through the centre of Arsenal’s attack, and took his goal well to give Arsenal the lead at a point where real doubt was creeping into their game. His defensive work against Roger Espinoza was also good, an aspect of Walcott’s game that he can sometimes neglect.

Lukas Podolski 8

Though still not playing at his very best, Podolski was much improved on his displays against Manchester United and QPR, and his two goals will give Wenger a tricky decision with Olivier Giroud returning from suspension for next weekend’s match.


Jack Wilshere 6

A solid display from Wilshere, who might be needed to start against Newcastle if Arteta is out.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6

The game was won when Oxlade-Chamberlain came on, but his performance was decent enough.

Thomas Vermaelen N/A

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch