Wigan stun Arsenal

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Updated: April 17, 2012

 

Wigan Athletic added to last week’s surprise victory over Premier League leaders Manchester United by beating third-place Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

Two early goals turned out to be enough for Roberto Martinez’s side to pull off an even more unexpected success which significantly improves their chances of avoiding relegation.

The Latics are now five points clear of third-bottom Bolton Wanderers, who have two games in hand, in a five-team tussle to avoid the drop.

The result was a blow to Arsene Wenger’s Gunners’ hopes of holding off the challenges of Tottenham and Newcastle and qualify for the Champions League in third place.

Had they won they would have been eight points clear of both rivals, who now each have a game in hand with which to lessen a five-point gap.