Gunners Shoot For Third Straight Win

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Arsenal sure has enjoyed visiting the Madejski Stadium this season. After winning an extraordinary League Cup tie 7-5 there earlier this season, the Gunners followed that up with a 5-2 thumping of the Royals at the weekend with Santi Cazorla helping himself to a hat-trick. That win made it two on the bounce for Arsene Wenger’s side after a poor run of results in the Premier League, and eased the pressure on the French manager after the club’s shock defeat by lowly Bradford in the League Cup.

They’re at the same end of the table as Reading, but Wigan is one team Arsenal has had mixed fortunes against in recent times. The Latics have won two and drawn one of the past five games against the east London side, including a 3-2 triumph when they last met in April. A win is something Roberto Martinez’s team desperately needs right now. Sitting in 18th spot, they’ve taken just one point from their last four matches, and their last victory came against Reading on November 24.

Honduras international Roger Espinoza this week signed with Wigan, but he won’t be able to join the club until the end of this month. The Latics are likely to be without young midfield star James McCarthy who suffered an injury in an off-the-ball incident in the 2-1 loss to Norwich at the weekend.

Apart from the victory over Reading, Wigan has won just one other match at DW Stadium this season when they beat West Ham United 2-1 in late October. They’ve conceded a goal in all nine games there this campaign.

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