Premier League — 15 May 2013

Roberto Martinez could leave Wigan now that Wigan have been relegatedWigan Athletic have been relegated to the Championship, after a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal last night.

The Gunners took the lead on 11 minutes. The Wigan defence missed Santi Cazorla’s corner and German international Lukas Podolski headed home.

Despite the home side’s dominance, the visitors equalised just before the break. Scottish international midfielder Shaun Maloney went down easily under a challenge from Mikel Arteta just outside the penalty area.

The mercurial playmaker stepped-up himself and curled a superb free-kick into the corner of the net, after Wojciech Szczesny got a hand to the ball.

The Polish keeper was called upon early in the second half to stop Arouna Kone from putting the Latics ahead in the game.

James McCarthy also had a goal disallowed for offside soon afterwards. However, the home side regained the initiative on 63 minutes. Cazorla found space down the wing and produced a superb cross and Theo Walcott was on hand to lift the ball over Joel in the Wigan goal.

In the 68th minute, the Gunners made the game safe with a third goal. Cazorla headed the ball through to Podolski, who was played onside by Paul Scharner and the German striker lifted the ball beyond Joel.

Aaron Ramsey fired home the fourth goal on 71 minutes, after latching onto to Cazorla’s superb through ball and bursting through the Wigan defence.

The victory moved Arsenal above rivals Tottenham into fourth place in the Premier League table, with just one game remaining, which is away at Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Wigan have been relegated to the Championship. Their last game of the season is a home clash with Aston Villa.

The other game of the night saw Manchester City win 2-0 at already-relegated Reading. The game was the first for the team without Roberto Mancini. Sergio Aguero scored the opening goal, before substitute Edin Dzeko doubled the Citizens lead late in the game.

Will Roberto Martinez stay at Wigan this summer?


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