Wenger looking to continue strong run

Arsene Wenger is expecting an open game when Arsenal host relegation-threatened Wigan at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday._67395092_wenger1_getty

Both sides need to take maximum points, with Arsenal challenging for a UEFA Champions League place and Wigan needing victory to keep their survival hopes alive.

And the Frenchman is confident Arsenal can continue their strong end-of-season run with victory over the FA Cup winners.

“It’s a very important game for both sides, so you expect huge commitment from both teams,” Wenger said.

“We’re playing at home and we want to take advantage of our remarkable run. We have been hugely consistent and we are in a position where our destiny depends on us and we want to finish the job.

“It’s an important game but that’s what you want to play for. Two months ago we had no chance to be where we are today, we have to be happy.

“Our destiny was not in our hands but we have done very well, so let’s now finish the job, continue to play like we have and take the points.”

The 63-year-old is anticipating a strong challenge against Wigan and paid praise to manager Roberto Martinez.

“Martinez has a positive philosophy, above all what you want is someone who tries to play good football and that’s a good basis to move forward,” he added.

“Both teams have to go for it, it’s very difficult to know what will happen. It should be an open game, I think Wigan will be faithful to their shape which is based on solid defensive work and quick counter-attacking.

“They have had a contrasting week, they were on a low when they lost to Swansea at home which was a massive game for them.

“But you could see on Saturday they have great quality when they played a remarkable game against Manchester City. We want to be at our best in a game of massive importance for us.”