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Arsenal   2 - 0   Wigan

Nicklas Bendtner scores for Arsenal against Wigan Athletic

Arsenal 2-0 Wigan

By Paul Fletcher

Arsenal cruised through to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup with an easy victory over a disappointing Wigan.

Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela wasted good chances before Antolin Alcaraz inadvertently guided a corner into his own net to gift the Gunners the lead.

The tie was put beyond the Latics midway through the second half when Bendtner poked home from close range.

Vela wasted further chances to extend the score, while substitute Samir Nasri had a shot cleared off the line.

Wigan, the lowest scorers in the Premier League with 11 goals, had defeated League One and Championship opposition to reach the last eight of the Carling Cup but rarely troubled Arsenal.

The Latics had scored only once in their previous five visits to the Emirates and another miserable evening in north London for Roberto Martinez's team saw forward Victor Moses stretchered off in the first half.

Wenger downplays favourites tag

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made nine changes from the team that defeated Aston Villa 4-2 on Saturday - including the early return from injury of Emmanuel Eboue - and for long periods of the first half his team were slightly disjointed and disappointing in front of goal.

Danish forward Bendtner drifted away from his marker in the opening minutes but failed to make contact with a floating Robin van Persie free-kick.

Van Persie, who was making his first start since 28 August, produced two sensational first-half backheels that sliced open the Wigan defence and created chances for Vela but the Mexican could not provide a finish.

In the first instance, he clipped his shot beyond goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi but it drifted disappointingly wide and when through for the second time he stumbled at the crucial moment as he tried to control the ball.

The striker was having a particularly frustrating evening - as were the hardy faithful who braved freezing temperatures to watch the match - and in addition to wasting the opportunities Van Persie gifted him, he also sent a glancing header off target and had a shot deflected wide.

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Arsenal, who last won the League Cup in 1993, had two decent handball appeals turned down in the opening half, the first against Maynor Figueroa and the second by James McArthur.

But if the Latics were fortunate with either of those decisions, their luck deserted them shortly before the break as skipper Alcaraz deflected Theo Walcott's corner beyond Al Habsi.

Paraguayan Alcaraz almost made up for his error when he forced a save from Wojciech Szczesny with a header shortly after Arsenal's opener but Wigan looked like a team desperately short of attacking options.

Moses, who saw one strike hit the side netting, was the only player in the Latics starting XI who had scored more than once this season but he was forced off through injury after 39 minutes and replaced by Charles N'Zogbia, the club's joint top scorer this campaign with four goals.

Martinez praises Wigan's hard work

N'Zogbia added a new dimension to the Latics play with his direct running but it was Arsenal who remained in the ascendancy.

Vela played a key role in the decisive second goal with a low ball across the face of goal that Bendtner stabbed home.

But the Mexican's otherwise poor evening continued as he shot weakly at goal from a tight angle after Walcott had picked him out and he later failed to beat Al Habsi after a cracking through ball from Jack Wilshere.

Walcott missed by inches with a controlled strike across goal, Figueroa was fortunate to survive another handball appeal and Alcaraz cleared Nasri's effort off the line as Arsenal pushed in vain for a third goal.


You can watch highlights of this match on the Football League show on Wednesday at 2325 GMT online and on BBC One. The programme will then be on iPlayer and highlights will be on this website.

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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 2-0 Wigan FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Alcaraz (og) 42
  • Bendtner 67

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    Wigan

    Substitutes

    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 59,525
    ARSENAL
    WIGAN

    Possession

    • Arsenal 49%
    • Wigan 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Arsenal 5
    • Wigan 1

    Attempts off target

    • Arsenal 8
    • Wigan 1

    Corners

    • Arsenal 5
    • Wigan 5

    Fouls

    • Arsenal 7
    • Wigan 11
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+6:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Caldwell on Theo Walcott. Indirect free kick taken by Theo Walcott.
    • 90:00+5:04 The referee blows for offside against Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:03 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+3:07 Laurent Koscielny concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia. Hendry Thomas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:50 Samir Nasri takes a shot. James McArthur manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:07 Foul by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on Ben Watson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Hendry Thomas.
    • 89:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by James McArthur. Laurent Koscielny takes the indirect free kick.
    • 87:31 Foul by Craig Eastmond on Hendry Thomas, free kick awarded. Hendry Thomas takes the free kick.
    • 86:29 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 84:21 Substitution Nicklas Bendtner leaves the field to be replaced by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
    • 83:30 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Hendry Thomas.
    • 82:01 Substitution Jordi Gomez on for Mauro Boselli.
    • 80:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hendry Thomas on Samir Nasri. Indirect free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.
    • 80:42 Booking Hendry Thomas goes into the book.
    • 78:59 Substitution Callum McManaman on for Ronnie Stam.
    • 78:43 Effort on goal by Theo Walcott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 78:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Charles N'Zogbia. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
    • 76:07 Effort from the edge of the area by Theo Walcott goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 72:56 Charles N'Zogbia handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Theo Walcott takes the free kick.
    • 72:56 Substitution Craig Eastmond on for Robin van Persie.
    • 72:56 Substitution Jack Wilshere goes off and Samir Nasri comes on.
    • 71:47 Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 70:38 Ronnie Stam is caught offside. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 66:02 Assist on the goal came from Carlos Alberto Vela.
    • 66:02 GOAL - Nicklas BendtnerArsenal 2 - 0 Wigan A goal is scored by Nicklas Bendtner from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Wigan.
    • 64:12 Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson to the near post, clearance made by Robin van Persie.
    • 61:18 Corner taken by Theo Walcott played to the near post, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.
    • 55:55 Corner taken by Theo Walcott played to the near post, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.
    • 54:49 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson played to the near post, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 52:25 Header from close range by Nicklas Bendtner misses to the right of the goal.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:07 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+3:16 Ben Watson takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Johan Djourou.
    • 43:53 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 43:30 Short corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line.
    • 42:48 Corner taken by Ben Watson, Antolin Alcaraz takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 41:29 The assist for the goal came from Theo Walcott.
    • 41:29 GOAL - Antolin AlcarazArsenal 1 - 0 Wigan Antolin Alcaraz heads into his own net. Arsenal 1-0 Wigan.
    • 40:34 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Theo Walcott.
    • 39:36 Headed effort from close range by Carlos Alberto Vela goes wide left of the target.
    • 38:27 Substitution Victor Moses leaves the field to be replaced by Charles N'Zogbia.
    • 34:57 Maynor Figueroa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Robin van Persie takes the indirect free kick.
    • 34:57 Booking Maynor Figueroa receives a caution.
    • 32:20 Victor Moses gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Emmanuel Eboue takes the free kick.
    • 30:40 Unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by Victor Moses results in a free kick. Emmanuel Eboue restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:31 Hendry Thomas challenges Theo Walcott unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.
    • 28:00 Emmanuel Eboue gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses. Antolin Alcaraz takes the free kick.
    • 26:13 Effort from inside the area by Carlos Alberto Vela misses to the right of the goal.
    • 20:03 Corner from the left by-line taken by Theo Walcott, Laurent Koscielny has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 19:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Robin van Persie. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:40 Foul by James McArthur on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 15:32 Victor Moses is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.
    • 13:50 Handball by Hendry Thomas. Free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.
    • 10:11 Hendry Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neves Denilson. Neves Denilson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Victor Moses gets a block in.
    • 9:16 Carlos Alberto Vela gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses. Ali Al Habsi takes the indirect free kick.
    • 9:16 Booking Carlos Alberto Vela receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 8:02 Victor Moses produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 7:04 The official flags James McArthur offside. Emmanuel Eboue takes the free kick.
    • 4:16 Emmanuel Eboue challenges Victor Moses unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
    • 1:13 Nicklas Bendtner produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 0:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by James McArthur. Robin van Persie restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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