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GIF: Shaun Maloney’s 25 free kick…Wigan’s last moment of hope

by Rob Dore | May 14, 2013

After the way Wigan performed at Wembley on Saturday,to win the FA Cup, the Latics fans were right to feel a least a glimmer of optimism ahead of tonight’s game away to Arsenal.

Shaun Maloney’s well executed free-kick right before half-time cancelled out Lucas Podolski’s 11th minute opener and looked to have rattled a less than convincing Arsenal side. The survival dream was still alive. One rousing half-time team-talk from Roberto Martinez could do keep the relegation battle going in to the last weekend of the season. Giving us neutral fans a reason to watch Soccer Saturday.

Then Arsenal ruined it all with three quick-fire goals in the second-half. Goals from Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey either side of a second goal for Podolski sealed the result and Wigan’s fate.

History will view their 1-0 FA Cup win over Manchester City with far greater significance than this relegation. It won’t stop it from stinging though.

Arsenal go back ahead of Tottenham in their North-London battle for the final Champions League spot. A win away to a now safe Sunderland will complete Spurs’ collapse and maintain Arsenal’s dominance over their local rivals. But only just.

For now enjoy this animated GIF of the last time Wigan’s hopes of survival remained alive.

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