Despite their lowly league position and their struggles so far this season, Arsene Wenger is respectful of the Wigan side Arsenal will face on Saturday.
The last two visits to the DW Stadium have proved frustrating for the Gunners, casually letting slip a two goal to lose 3-2 in 2009-10 and letting 10 man Wigan equalise last season.
Speaking at his pre-game press conference, Arsene said, “They are not formalities. They came back twice in games against us I think, where they showed spirit and quality.
“Wigan are a good team, they are a dangerous side. I think last year was a bit special but overall they had good players. They look like they are coming back with a bit more confidence now and it will be a tough game.”
And the manager wants his team to continue their progress which has been slightly halted in the last week. Playing down talk of Arsenal’s title chances, Wenger said, “The overall view is that after bad start we are in contention to fight for the Champions League places.”
Three points tomorrow would certainly help the momentum going again.