Wigan star sets his priorities: Arsenal match over missus in labour

James McArthur’s wife is preparing to have their child tonight, but the Wigan man has different plans.

The Arsenal and Bayern Munich clash is set to be one of those must-see footballing events of the year.

The two European heavyweights are set to go tooth and nail at the Emirates stadium tonight, providing ferocious attacking verve as fans and pundits alike await with much-anticipation.

Bayern go into the game on the back of 13 straight Bundesliga victories, and warmed up with a 4-0 thrashing of Freiburg on Saturday. Their domestic form has been nothing short of magnificent – racking up a Bundesliga record breaking 46 games unbeaten.

The hosts, Arsenal, on the other had have stuttered slightly over the past couple of weeks. Reported problems off the field were then heaped on the field as a result of a recent 5-1 thrashing at Anfield. Fortunately for the Gunners, their home form has remained solid and a 0-0 draw with Man Utd was followed by last weekend’s much-needed 2-1 FA Cup victory over Liverpool.

Much of the build-up has been about Guardiola’s recent clashes against Arsenal, and if tonight turns out half as good as those, then we fans are in for a footballing treat.

For one footballer however, it seems that his night is going to spent in a hospital as he awaits another special moment in his life – well, this one is special only on a personal note.

Wigan Athletic midfielder James McArthur is set become a father tonight as his ‘Missus’ is getting induced. The Scottish international, 26, is a keen admirer of the Gunners and played a huge part in Wigan’s entertaining pass and move style under Roberto Martinez which famously won them the FA Cup last season.

Surely he is going to miss out on tonight’s big footballing event? Well, if his recent tweet is anything to by, then perhaps not.

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