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Wigan have to beat Arsenal to stay in Premier League

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What a difference a day makes. Wigan were euphoric after beating Manchester City to lift the FA Cup on saturday. Their first major trophy may mean little though if they lose their Premier League status. No side has lifted the famous trophy and been relegated. Brighton came closest in the 1980's when holding Manchester United at Wembley before losing the replay. They were already relegated. Birmingham City beat Arsenal in the League Cup and were relegated the same season three years ago.

With Wigan not playing those at the foot of the table took full advantage. Norwich thumped West Bron 4-0 - only their third league win of 2013. Newcastle held on after keeper,  was sent off at Loftus Road to gain a 2-1 win. Both Norwich and Newcastle have secured 41 points and are safe courtesy of the fact that Wigan and Villa meet on the final day.

That leaves Southampton, who snatched a late draw at Sunderland, Fulham and Villa on 40 points. Villa's goal difference is by far the worst so provided Southampton and Fulham do no worse than Villa on the final day they are safe.

But all these ifs and buts mean nothing now if Wigan can't beat Arsenal at the Emirates on Tuesday night. Even a draw won't be good enough for them to overhaul Sunderland on 39 points, even if Wigan drew on Tuesday and won at Villa. Sunderland have a vastly superior goal difference to Wigan.

It's boom or bust for Latics and they need a repeat of the win they secured this time last year when they rocked The Gunners with early strikes from Franco di Santo and Jordi Gomez in a 2-1 win in April 2012.

They would then have to beat Villa on Saturday and be guaranteed another season in the top flight at the expense of either Sunderland or Villa themselves. The good thing for Wigan is that their destiny is still in their own hands. They win the two games and they stay up.

JB

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