Wigan's eight-season tenure in the Premier League came to an end as they were hammered at Arsenal, who moved back into the Champions League places.

Lukas Podolski headed the Gunners in front early on before Shaun Maloney's free-kick levelled the game.

Realistically Wigan had to win to keep their survival hopes alive.

But Theo Walcott's low strike, a lobbed second from Podolski and Aaron Ramsey's angled strike ensured Wigan will be playing in the Championship next term.

Martinez and Wigan

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez played for Wigan as a midfielder 229 times between 1995 and 2001 when they were a Football League side. He has taken control of 174 games since being appointed manager in 2009

He won the Third Division (now League Two) title Auto Windscreens Shield as a player with the Latics, and the FA Cup as manager

Arsenal are now fourth - a point ahead of Tottenham with one game to go and the Gunners know a win at Newcastle on Sunday will guarantee a place in next season's Champions League.

Wigan's defeat also means that Sunderland and Aston Villa can now also rest easy heading into the final weekend.

All the pre-match debate was about how well Wigan could recover from their historic FA Cup win over Manchester City just three days earlier, but manager Roberto Martinez picked the same starting line-up at the Emirates Stadium.

It was clear in the early stages that there were some weary legs and Arsenal were keen to capitalise, creating a chance for Santi Cazorla, who headed wide from Walcott's cross wide.

It seemed more mental fatigue than physical tiredness that gifted Arsenal the opener.

Podolski easily outmuscled James McArthur in the area and as the rest of the Latics defence stood still, the Germany international had a free header to turn in Cazorla's floating corner.

Wigan's eight years at the top

Jason Roberts and Paul Jewell
Final position Points

* With one game remaining

2005-06

10th

51

2006-07

17th

38

2007-08

14th

40

2008-09

11th

45

2009-10

16th

36

2010-11

16th

42

2011-12

15th

43

2012-13 *

18th

35 *

The Gunners were posing the biggest threat as they whizzed the ball around in Wigan's half with Kieran Gibbs almost getting on the end of a misplaced Bacary Sagna shot.

"Believe" has been Wigan's mantra in recent weeks and despite Arsenal's pressure, the visitors kept trying to hit on the counter-attack.

Maloney went down under what seemed like little pressure from Mikel Arteta and referee Mike Dean gave the Latics a chance as the referee pointed for a free-kick just outside the area.

The forward then managed to get the ball up and over the wall to beat Wojciech Szczesny despite the Gunners keeper getting a hand to the ball.

Wigan seemed to have cast aside their earlier stiffness and after the break only a good save from Szczesny denied Arouna Kone at close range.

If Martinez's side needed a reminder of Arsenal's threat, it came when Walcott played a ball across the face of goal for Cazorla and Latics keeper Joel Robles was forced into a double save before Tomas Rosicky's skidding shot went wide.

Arsenal regained the lead through Walcott after a superb low cross from Cazorla was turned home by the England forward despite Robles getting something on the ball.

The floodgates then opened as Wigan's weariness returned.

Paul Scharner played Podolski onside to allow the German forward in to lob over Robles before Ramsey fired in from a tight angle to complete the win that turned Wigan's tears of joy from Saturday into tears of anguish.

And in failing to keep their hopes of staying up alive, Wigan became the first team to win the FA Cup and suffer relegation from the top flight in the same season.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 03 Sagna
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 28 Gibbs
  • 07 Rosicky (Wilshere - 78' )
  • 08 Arteta (Vermaelen - 90' )
  • 14 Walcott
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 09 Podolski (Oxlade-Chamberlain - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Fabianski
  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 17 Monreal
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 10 Wilshere
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 27 Gervinho

Wigan

  • 01 Robles
  • 03 Alcaraz Booked
  • 17 Boyce
  • 04 McCarthy
  • 10 Maloney Booked (Henriquez - 85' )
  • 14 Gomez (Watson - 64' )
  • 15 McManaman (Di Santo - 57' )
  • 16 McArthur
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 33 Scharner
  • 02 Kone

Substitutes

  • 26 Al Habsi
  • 05 Caldwell
  • 25 Golobart
  • 08 Watson
  • 20 Fyvie
  • 09 Di Santo
  • 11 Henriquez
Ref: Dean
Att: 60,068

Match Stats

Shots

19 10

On target

12 5

Corners

7 4

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:47 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:07

Franco Di Santo takes a outswinging corner.

90:00 +0:05 Substitution

Substitution Thomas Vermaelen on for Mikel Arteta.

89:03

Short corner taken by James McArthur.

86:31

The official flags Emmerson Boyce offside. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

84:57

Theo Walcott takes a shot.

84:19

Corner taken by Santi Cazorla, save made by Joel Robles.

84:19 Substitution

Substitution Angelo Henriquez replaces Shaun Maloney.

83:06

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Joel Robles makes a save.

82:06

Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Emmerson Boyce.

80:39

Shot from long distance by Franco Di Santo goes wide of the left-hand upright.

79:46

The assistant referee flags for offside against James McArthur. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.

77:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Antolin Alcaraz. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.

77:20 Substitution

Substitution Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Lukas Podolski.

77:20 Substitution

Substitution Tomas Rosicky goes off and Jack Wilshere comes on.

75:52

Unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick. James McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

74:15

Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line played to the near post, Franco Di Santo has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

72:05

Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy. Ben Watson restarts play with the free kick.

70:24

Assist on the goal came from Santi Cazorla.

70:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal 4 - 1 Wigan Aaron Ramsey finds the back of the net with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 4-1 Wigan.

69:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Rosicky on James McCarthy. James McCarthy takes the direct free kick.

67:27

Assist by Santi Cazorla.

67:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Lukas Podolski - Arsenal 3 - 1 Wigan Lukas Podolski grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-1 Wigan.

66:53

Theo Walcott fouled by Roger Espinoza, the ref awards a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

64:43

Inswinging corner taken by Santi Cazorla, clearance by Franco Di Santo.

63:47 Substitution

Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Ben Watson coming on for Jordi Gomez.

62:19

Assist by Santi Cazorla.

62:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Theo Walcott - Arsenal 2 - 1 Wigan Theo Walcott scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Wigan.

61:22

Franco Di Santo concedes a free kick for a foul on Laurent Koscielny. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

59:54

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Joel Robles.

58:29

Laurent Koscielny gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo. The ball is delivered by Shaun Maloney, Emmerson Boyce produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

57:39

Lukas Podolski takes a shot. Joel Robles makes a save.

56:32

Indirect free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.

56:32 Substitution

Substitution Franco Di Santo replaces Callum McManaman.

56:32

Arouna Kone is caught offside.

55:28

Clearance by Bacary Sagna.

55:28 Booking

Booking Booking for Shaun Maloney.

55:04

Corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line,

54:30

Foul by Aaron Ramsey on James McCarthy, free kick awarded. James McCarthy takes the free kick.

53:27

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

51:59

Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.

51:59 Booking

Booking Antolin Alcaraz receives a yellow card.

51:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Tomas Rosicky.

49:55

Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Blocked by Per Mertesacker. The official flags James McCarthy offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick. Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Save by Joel Robles. Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Scharner. Shot by Tomas Rosicky from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

49:04

Shaun Maloney has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

48:31

Unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Aaron Ramsey results in a free kick. Paul Scharner takes the direct free kick.

47:12

Arouna Kone takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

46:08

The referee blows for offside against Theo Walcott. Joel Robles takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:34 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Shaun Maloney - Arsenal 1 - 1 Wigan Shaun Maloney grabs a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Wigan.

43:54

Unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick.

42:54

Arouna Kone is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

41:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Callum McManaman. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

39:13

The official flags Theo Walcott offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joel Robles.

38:00

Santi Cazorla takes the inswinging corner, Close range shot by Laurent Koscielny misses to the left of the goal.

34:11

Foul by Lukas Podolski on James McArthur, free kick awarded. Emmerson Boyce restarts play with the free kick.

33:15

Unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick. Shaun Maloney takes the direct free kick. Arouna Kone has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

29:09

Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by James McArthur results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Santi Cazorla.

28:45

Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.

27:46

Long distance shot from Tomas Rosicky misses to the left of the target.

24:41

Mikel Arteta challenges Shaun Maloney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jordi Gomez has an effort direct from the free kick.

21:07

Mikel Arteta fouled by Arouna Kone, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

18:38

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Emmerson Boyce. Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Antolin Alcaraz gets a block in. Headed effort from inside the area by Lukas Podolski misses to the right of the goal.

18:02

Foul by Shaun Maloney on Santi Cazorla, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

17:27

Long distance shot from Bacary Sagna misses to the left of the net.

13:49

Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.

13:15

Theo Walcott takes the outswinging corner, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.

12:42

Callum McManaman concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.

11:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Paul Scharner. Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

10:19

Santi Cazorla provided the assist for the goal.

10:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Lukas Podolski - Arsenal 1 - 0 Wigan Lukas Podolski finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Arsenal 1-0 Wigan.

9:52

Corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line,

7:15

James McArthur fouled by Aaron Ramsey, the ref awards a free kick. James McArthur restarts play with the free kick.

6:24

Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Santi Cazorla misses to the right of the target.

3:32

Aaron Ramsey fouled by James McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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