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Wigan Athletic
Can defending FA Cup champions Wigan Athletic upset Arsenal to reach the final?Reuters

Wigan Athletic and Arsenal go head-to-head in the FA Cup semi-final at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5:07pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV 1, ITV 1 HD and UTV. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Defending champions Wigan pulled off a giant killing act by defeating Manchester City 2-1 in the quarterfinals at the Etihad last month. Jordi Gomez opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Martin Demichelis fouled Marc-Antoine Fortune inside the box.

James Perch doubled the away side's advantage early in the second half and Samir Nasri pulled one back for the hosts. The Latics managed to nullify City's attacking threat to seal their third visit to Wembley in two seasons.

Wigan come into this game on the back of a 1-0 defeat at the DW Stadium against Millwall in the Championship courtesy of a goal from Carlos Edwards. They sit fifth in the table with 67 points from 41 matches and are hopeful of returning to the Premier League next season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal come into this game on the back of a four-match winless streak in the league. They were stunned 3-0 by Everton at the Goodison Park last weekend, casting doubts on their quest of finishing among the top four.

The Gunners are currently fourth in the league table with 64 points from 33 matches, one point above fifth-placed Everton, having a game in hand.

However, Arsene Wenger's side managed to overcome the Toffees in the FA Cup quarterfinal at the Emirates with a 4-1 scoreline. Mesut Ozil gave the north Londoners the lead early in the first half only to see Romelu Lukaku restore parity in the 32nd minute.

Olivier Giroud
Since his brace against Everton in the FA Cup, Olivier Giroud has only scored once in all competitions for Arsenal.Reuters

Gareth Barry brought down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain inside the penalty area and Mikel Arteta converted the resultant spot-kick in the 68th minute. Substitute Olivier Giroud then struck a brace to put the game beyond the away side's reach.

Arsenal have gone the last eight seasons without winning silverware and the FA Cup seems to be their genuine chance of ending the drought this year. However, Wigan look to have a confident bunch of players and defeating City has certainly proved that.

Uwe Rosler will be keen on winning a trophy in his first season in charge as the Latics' boss and are one positive result from securing another visit to Wembley this year.

What Managers Say

Uwe Rosler: "The club has been to Wembley quite a lot recently but, in general, for Wigan Athletic to reach a semi-final is special and I'm sure our supporters will realise that it's a great opportunity to visit the capital and the home of football. I think we will need strong support to carry us through difficult periods in the game."

Arsene Wenger: "The FA Cup is also an opportunity to regenerate the team. We want to respect Wigan and as well put in the effort that will be needed to beat them. We respect every opponent and you don't get in the semi-final by invitation, you get there because you have made results. They won at Man City so that shows they have the quality."

Team Form

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger is hoping for Arsenal's trophy drought to end this season.Reuters

Wigan Athletic

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W D L L
  • Last Result: Wigan Athletic 0-1 Millwall


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L D D L W
  • Last Result: Everton 3-0 Arsenal

Team News

Wigan Athletic

  • Injured: Martyn Waghorn (ineligible), Rob Kiernan (ineligible), Chris McCann (knee), Ben Watson (leg), Roger Espinoza (hernia)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Al-Habsi; Boyce, Barnett, Caldwell, Crainey; Perch, Gomez, Collison, McEachran, Mcmanaman; Fortune


  • Injured: Theo Walcott (knee), Jack Wilshere (foot), Abou Diaby (knee), Laurent Koscielny (calf), Mesut Ozil (hamstring)
  • Doubtful: Tomas Rosicky (thigh), Kieran Gibbs (ankle), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin)
  • Suspended: Mathieu Flamini

Probable Lineup: Fabianski; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal; Arteta, Ramsey; Gnabry, Cazorla, Podolski; Giroud