The Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has said that the 1-0 win over Wigan athletic was extremely decisive in their aim to finish in the top four this season.
Arsenal have almost lost the opportunity to win the Premier league title for yet another season. Their only hope of glory this season will be to finish in the Champions League qualification positions, which is offered to the top four teams in the Premier league. However, the poor start to the season meant that they found themselves in the 10th position after the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea only a few weeks ago.
Since then, they have been able to climb up the table and have recorded three consecutive victories after the 1-0 match against Wigan in the weekend. Arteta scored the only goal of the game, which came through a penalty after Theo Walcott was fouled in the box in the second half. Arteta admitted after the match that it was one of the tough encounters that they have played so far this season and they could have easily come unstuck. This is because Wigan give them a real match and were extremely unlikely not to take anything away from the match. The Wigan manager Roberto Martinez felt that his side should have had a penalty as well.
“I think they have been unlucky with the result because the way they play is quite ‘offensive. It’s a big win for us, that’s three in a row now. I am really happy with the points. It’s been a tough game and the conditions were really difficult,” said that after the match. This victory has helped Arsenal move into the fourth position ahead of the likes of Tottenham, Everton, and Liverpool. Arsenal are also just two points below the third placed Chelsea.