Arsenal head to Wigan following a fantastic week, that started with a stamp of authority over Reading in A 5-2 win. Contract extensions for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs was also good news. How differently a week can change things in football.
Wigan have been poor in recent weeks, with no win in the last five. Last week they were rolled over by high flying Norwich, 2-1. Last season Arsenal were a scalp that Wigan took on an amazing run to survival as they won 2-1 at the Emirates.
Here's the players to watch today.
Ali Al Habsi
The Omani shot stopper could have a challenging game today. In big games, he usually performs, know to be Wigan's rock at the back. He may want to make up for his recent dip in form.
The Spanish midfielder will attempt to bring some sort of flow into the Wigan midfield. He has an ability to add an attacking flair as well the steel needed to play in a Wigan side. For a team that needs a lift, his set pieces could be essential.
A hat-trick on Monday night against Reading, Santi Carzola will look to exploit a Wigan back line that has been known to be vulnerable. He could be suited to midfield battle that could form at the DW, making him a player to watch out for again for Arsenal.
Height will be a major factor today at the DW. Games against Wigan can be both technical and 'doggered'. Giroud has the traits to cope with this, his large stature makes him potent in the air. While he has some neat footwork in his locker.961704