One of Arsene Wenger's favourite instructions to his young Arsenal team is that they should always play with what he calls the handbrake off. They certainly did just that yesterday night but, in Wigan Athletic, they unexpectedly found themselves careering into an immovable object.
Two goals in the space of 60 seconds ultimately decided this game in Wigan's favour, with Arsenal punished for a reckless and often kamikaze approach. Yet with the two teams sharing almost 50 shots during the 90 minutes, it was a match which could, in all truth, have ended with just about any scoreline.
The final outcome has huge implications for both the top and bottom of the Premier League table. Wigan, who had been in the relegation zone from December until last week's win over Manchester United, have opened a five point cushion over Bolton in 18th. The race for the two remaining Champions League places is also now wide open, with Tottenham and Newcastle able to move within two points of Arsenal in third should they win their game in hand, reported The Daily Telegraph.