It will be a very merry Christmas this year. Wigan away is a tough game for any side and Saturday was no different.

Wigan lined up in their new 3-4-1-2 formation, allowing them to flood the midfield and forced us to try and play 4-5-1, with Poldi and the Ox dropping deep to add bodies in the engine room. This stifled our attacking rhythm considerably and the best play came from Wigan throughout.

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(thank you Arsenal.com)

It was apparent very early on in the game that some of our key players were off the pace and oddly the biggest culprit was Theo, with Arteta a close second. Theo was consistently on his heels, running in the wrong direction and generally ineffective. If he is to be a centre forward, he needs a partner, his movement was very poor and on a day when he was a bit isolated he wasn