Wigan Athletic (5-4-1): Al-Habsi, Perch, Boyce, Ramis, Barnett, Beausejour, McManaman, McArthur, McEachran, Gomez, Powell
Championship side Wigan Athletic have had a great run in the FA Cup, beating Manchester City in the final last year and knocking them out in the quarter finals this year. Wigan’s last six games in the league will surely add pressure on the side after picking up just two wins, two draws, and two losses. The Wigan manager could change his formation from his 4-5-1 which lost to Millwall into a more defensive 5-4-1 with up to seven changes. Scott Carson, who played in goal on Monda, will probably be replaced by Ali Al-Habsi as James Perch and Ivan Ramis look to join three others defenders in defence, completing the five man back line. Rob Kierman and Jack Collison who played in their previous game will be the ones sacrificed as Rosler names a completely changed midfield. Martyn Waghorn, Shaun Maloney, and James McClean could all be dropped as Callum McManaman, James McArthur, and Jordi Gomez joins fellow starter Joshua McEachran in the middle of the park. Nicky Maynard who only played 45 minutes in their last game could be swapped for Nick Powell, who is on-loan from Manchester United, as he looks to play the lone forward role.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanago
Arsenal go into this match hoping to grab a win with their bids to end a trophy drought hanging in the balance. The Gunner’s last six games has put them into shambles as they only managed to register one win in their last six games. The other five games resulted in three loses and two draws, with the latest being a 3-0 lost against Everton at the weekend. Arsene Wenger will use the same formation he has been using most of the season making around three changes to his side when they face a very motivated Wigan Athletic side. Wolciech Szczesny will most probably be dropped to the bench with Lukasz Fabianski looking to take his place between the sticks. Wenger will keep his defensive line unchanged from their recent loss with Aaron Ramsey coming in to play instead of Mathieu Flamini as he looks to aid Mikel Arteta in tightening up the midfield. The Arsenal manager will field the same attacking trio to play behind lone striker Yaya Sanago as he would probably get the heads up to play ahead of misfiring Olivier Giroud.
@Arsenal good luck in the FA Cup semi final v Wigan. please for the love of god, DON’T BLOW IT. and also try to win remaining games too
— Darren TJ Powell (@darrentjpowell) April 10, 2014
Make no mistake, the pressure on Arsenal to win against Wigan will be immense. Can this team of bottlers come through the tie? Hope so.
— Serial WUManiser (@SerialWUM) April 10, 2014
— Sim Panesar (@Spanster456) April 10, 2014
In the 2009-2010 season, Wigan ended Arsenal’s fight for the Premier League title after coming back from 2-0 down to win the game 3-2 in the last ten minutes of the match. If the game is going to be anywhere near as exciting as this, we should be prepared for some drama.
Santi Cazorla is probably the most dangerous player on the field when the two teams meet as the Spaniard has the ability to dribble around players with his wide array of tricks. He is considered a play maker who has great passing capabilities and also a tendency to create link up plays with his teammates. On the attacking-side, he has the ability to cause problems with his long ranged shooting as well as his set piece taking.
Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal: An Alternative Preview