Saturday, April 17, 2010

Wigan Coach: Arsenal play uniquely

Roberto Martinez coach of Wigan Athletic told his club's official
website that the key to stopping Arsenal will lie in their ability to
frustrate the Gunners free-flowing style of Soccer.

Martinez has already engineered Liverpool and Chelsea's downfall at
the DW Stadium this season, and he's willing to attain a hat-trick of
victories over the elite sides in the Barclays Premier League with a
win against Arsenal tomorrow.

The tactician implored his team to stand out against their opponents
by curtailing their unique style of play, and to put to good use the
little possession the Gunners might afford them: "Arsenal are a team
who like to enjoy a large percentage of possession and that is
something we need to upset," Martinez said.

On our style of play he said: "They've a clear pattern of play and a
style that suits the entire squad, it doesn't matter who plays they all
know what system to work to. We need to stop them from doing that.
"As well as that we need to be effective once we have hold of the
ball. We've shown before that we can handle playing against such
sides, particularly at home, and we are looking forward to it.

"The liverpool and Chelsea wins prove that we are capable of playing
in a manner that can help us get a positive result."

Martinez told his lads that they shouldn't be scared of the Gunners
intimidating profile against weak opposition. Instead they should
employ the experience they've garnered so far to formally put an end
to the Gunners title ambitions: "It is important that we go into the
final four games of the season with the same approach and the same
attitude, making sure that we use the experiences from this season to
get the results we need," he maintained.

The gaffer understands it will take a herculean task to escape the
Gunners unscathed but nevertheless he believes it is possible: "We
have two great home fixtures left against Arsenal and Hull City who
both need points just as much as we do for different reasons," he

"I understand completely the frustrations we had after the Portmouth
game, because of the lack of a result. But we have to understand that
we are in a critical point in the season with 12 points still to play
for, and we need to do that as a club.
"The only way of achieving our aims is by doing it together, something
Wigan Athletic has done right throughout our history," the Wigan boss