Wigan Athletic are not a very good team. Arsenal, despite a horrible run to start the season, kind of are. It comes, therefore, as no surprise that Arsenal gave the poor Latics something of a thumping at the DW Stadium. In fact, the only real shocker about this match was that Robin van Persie only scored one goal.
Arsenal quickly snuffed out a bright start from Wigan, but it took nearly half an hour for the visitors to really make a mark. Fortunately for the Gunners, when they got going, they did so emphatically, with Mikel Arteta getting them on the scoresheet with a long-range effort that Ali Al-Hasbi really should have saved before Thomas Vermaelen made it 2-0 with a header from a corner.
Gervinho would take advantage of a spilled shot by Al-Habsi to make it 3-0 in the second half before van Persie, who's been on a ludicros scoring run since the beginning of the year, made it four when a right-footed finish from Theo Walcott's cutback squirmed its way into the back of the net.
It was a convincing win, but with Wigan beginning the season in appalling fashion, that's just what everyone will have been expecting from Arsene Wenger's side, who manage to leapfrog Newcastle United to go fifth following the Magpie's home defeat vs. Chelsea.