Thursday 18 April 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Wigan Athletic boosted their Barclays Premier League survival hopes with three goals in the last 10 minutes to complete a dramatic 3-2 victory over title challengers Arsenal.
"To have, in one season, beaten Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal is something that doesn’t come by accident and I’m extremely proud of the players."
The Latics moved seven points above the drop zone, having played a game more than two teams below them, with the sensational comeback in the final stages at the DW Stadium.
The visitors, who needed a victory to move within three points of league leaders Chelsea, went 2-0 up through a neat Theo Walcott finish and a Mikael Silvestre header either side of half-time.
Arsene Wenger’s side looked to be comfortably on course for victory, but a Ben Watson goal on 80 minutes gave the hosts hope and a mistake from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski presented Titus Bramble an opportunity to level for the hosts with a header on 89 minutes.
An enthralling finish followed and Charles N’Zogbia won the contest for Roberto Martinez’s side four minutes into stoppage time with a brilliant curling strike from outside the box.
“I think finally we got the rewards that the performance deserved," said Wigan manager Roberto Martinez. Not many teams come back from 2-0 down against Arsenal and the reason is the effort and belief that the players showed today and that’s extremely pleasing.”
The Latics had picked up just two wins from their previous 14 matches, but the club did earn impressive wins over Liverpool and Chelsea as they stayed in the Barclays Premier League for the fifth consecutive season.
Martinez added: “Moments like this are vital for our football club. Moments like this are the reason we are involved in football and moments like this are for our Wigan fans. To have, in one season, beaten Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal is something that doesn’t come by accident and I’m extremely proud of the players.”
The victory proved to be a vital boost for Wigan as they ultimately secured their top-flight status by finishing 16th, six points above the drop zone.
Arsenal picked up four points from their remaining three matches but their previous form had been good enough to help them qualify for the UEFA Champions League by finishing in third place.