Wigan are at Wembley again, last year’s surprise winners could upset the odds again today with a victory over Arsenal, and a place in the final would give the Latics a chance of becoming only the sixth team in history to retain the FA Cup.
Arsenal have all but blown their chances of a first Premier League title in almost a decade and after exiting the Champions League last month, the FA Cup is the last chance of silverware for Arsene Wenger as pressure begins to mount on the Frenchman.
Uwe Rosler has guided Wigan into a Championship play-offs spot since arriving to take over from Owen Coyle in December. The German also masterminded a 2-1 victory against his old club Manchester City in the last round meaning Arsenal must be aware of the threat Wigan seem to possess in this particular competition.
Arsenal coasted past Everton in the quarter finals to reach Wembley, but a 3-0 defeat to the hands of Martinez’s men at the weekend leaves the Gunners needing a huge improvement if they are to make the Premier League pedigree count this afternoon.
Arsenal must wait on midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) and defender Kieran Gibbs (ankle) as the trio face late fitness tests before being cleared to feature.
Wigan will be without their FA Cup final hero Ben Watson who is a long term absentee with a broken leg.
Aside from that the Latics have more or less a full squad to choose from and Uwe Rosler faces a difficult decision choosing between Scott Carson and Ali Al-Habsi to start in goal.
With little else to play for this season Arsenal will be expected to show their class and progress to the final, but Wigan have a proved they have the potential to cause an upset and must not be written off for this tie.
WIGAN: Carson, Perch, Boyce, Ramis, Crainey, McArthur, McEachran, McManaman, Beausejour, Gomez, Fortune
Subs: Al Habsi, Barnett, Caldwell, Maloney, Espinoza, Collison, Powell