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Monday's hammering of Reading continued Arsenal's recovery, which has seen them climb back up the table following back-to-back wins, including the victory over West Brom. All is not perfect for Arsenal but they are in a significantly better position than when the defeat by Swansea City saw them slump down to mid-table. Arsene Wenger can therefore be confident of building extra momentum when visiting an out-of-form Wigan, who have been sucked into the relegation zone after three defeats and a draw in their last four outings. Arsenal will also be boosted by the midweek announcement of new contracts with Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson.
• The Latics have conceded seven goals to defenders in the Premier League this season; more than any other side.
• Thomas Vermaelen has scored in each of his three Premier League appearances against Wigan, netting four in total across those matches.
Wigan's injury problems continue to mount, particularly in defence, where Adrian Lopez is now ruled out with a hamstring injury, and could be out for as manu as 10 weeks. Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis, and Antolin Alcaraz are all doubts having missed out in recent weeks, so Wigan's three man backline could feature midfielder David Jones yet again. Shaun Maloney is pushing for inclusion after climbing off the bench to notch against the Canaries: Jordi Gomez could make way, while Franco Di Santo could return to the XI at the expense of Mauro Boselli.
A Al-Habsi • E Boyce, M Figueroa, D Jones • R Stam, J McArthur, J McCarthy, J Beausejour • S Maloney, A Konè, F Di Santo
Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal have no new injury worries heading into their trip to Wigan following the Monday night victory at Reading. With no Boxing Day fixture to worry about, rest and rotation looks less of an issue for the Gunners and given their performance at Reading last Monday, an unchanged side seems on the cards, with Theo Walcott favourite to continue in the lone frontman role, leaving Olivier Giroud benched once again.
W Szczesny • B Sagna, P Mertesacker, T Vermaelen, K Gibbs • J Wilshere, M Arteta • A Oxlade-Chamberlain, S Cazorla, L Podolski • T Walcott