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Martinez: Gunners win meaningless if we go down

ROBERTO MARTINEZ has challenged Wigan not to make their famous victories over Manchester United and Arsenal count for nothing by failing to stay in the Premier League.

The Latics beat leaders United last week to build on their win at Liverpool and were unfortunate not to get something from Chelsea following controversial decisions.

However, there was no injustice at the Emirates Stadium last night, as Franco Di Santo fired the visitors ahead on the break after seven minutes, before Jordi Gomez doubled their lead inside 90 seconds. Thomas Vermaelen reduced the deficit with a bullet header on 21 minutes, but the second-half onslaught from the shellshocked Gunners never came as the Latics moved five points clear of the relegation zone with a well-deserved 2-1 win.

It was a fourth victory in five games for Wigan, who have now lost just twice in 11 league matches.

With games against Fulham and Newcastle ahead of their final two matches versus struggling Blackburn and Wolves, Martinez knows his side's fate is now very much in their own hands following an extraordinary turnaround. "I always said we would click as a team at the beginning of February, and we had been playing really well but could not win games, which left us a bit frustrated with draws," he said.

Patient

"But we have been patient and been able to be stubborn with what we wanted to do and get the results.

"However, we can't really enjoy it because moments like this will mean nothing if we don't get enough points to stay up."

The Gunners had won nine of the past 10 league games and could have tightened their grip on third place with another victory.

However, manager boss Arsene Wenger slammed his side's "horrendous" defending and was left frustrated that they could not replace Mikel Arteta quick enough when the midfielder hobbled off with an ankle injury which probably rules him out of Saturday's clash with Chelsea.

"I felt in the first half we had enough chances to come back to 2-2, but in the second half we dropped our level, we lost our team play, our cohesion and tried too much individually. There was not enough petrol left in the tank," he said.


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