Arsenal thump Wigan to go fourth

Arsenal have moved back into fourth place in the Premier League after beating Wigan Athletic 4-1; a result which condemned the FA Cup winners to relegation.

Lukas Podolski’s header gave the hosts the lead on eleven minutes before Shaun Maloney equalised with a superb free kick on the stroke of half-time.

Theo Walcott restored the Gunners lead shortly after the hour mark before Poldoski grabbed his second to give the hosts breathing space.

Aaron Ramsey made it four with his first league goal of the season to round off an impressive display by Arsene Wenger’s men, who have now taken 29 points from the last 33 available in the league.

All four goals were assisted by Santi Cazorla, who rounded off his debut season at the Emirates in style with his man of the match performance.

Arsenal are now one point and one place above Tottenham Hotspur ahead of their trip to Newcastle United next Sunday, where three points will secure Champions League football for next season.

Should Arsenal not win, they will have to hope Sunderland, whose Premier League status was secured by the Gunners last night, can get something from their final day visit to White Hart Lane.

Chelsea are currently in third position, and will be overtaken by Arsenal if they win and Rafa Benitez’s men, who play Benfica in the Europa League final on Wednesday, lose to Everton.

If Chelsea and Everton draw, Arsenal will need to beat Newcastle by two clear goals to take third place, and avoid having to play in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.

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