Premier League: Arsenal v Wigan and Reading v Man City

Live text commentary as Wigan are relegated after defeat at Arsenal while managerless Manchester City win at Reading.

15 May 2013 Last updated at 05:17 GMT

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    Time for me to call it a night after an evening which has been memorable for Roberto Martinez, but for all the wrong reasons.

    On Saturday, it was congratulations to Martinez and Wigan after they won at Wembley. Tonight, it is commiserations to the Latics and their Spanish boss. They join Reading and QPR in having their relegation to the Championship confirmed, while Arsenal's emphatic win means they are favourites to pip Tottenham to fourth place and the promised land that is the Champions League. Thanks for keeping me company, and make sure you join Mike Henson for the Europa League final on Wednesday. Cheerio for now.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 4-1 Wigan

    "I would be absolutely shocked if Roberto Martinez starts next season at Wigan, as sad as that would be for the Wigan fans. He's been great for them."

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    So Wigan are no longer the only team never to have been relegated from the top tier of English football. Instead, they have become the first team to have won the FA Cup and gone down in the same season. Ouch.

    But maybe their relegation is better news for Arsenal fans, who were no doubt green with envy after seeing the Latics win a trophy at Wembley on Saturday. The Gunners did not win a single piece of silverware during the Latics' eight-season spell in the Premier League, which started in 2005, so will their return to the Championship signal a change of luck for Arsene Wenger's men?


    Alex Larder: Gutted to see Wigan go down - they were so entertaining! Hope they don't fall further like the unfortunate Wolves.

    James Ellis: Why do the media love Wigan? They have been almost completely rubbish for eight years, they deserve to go down. Will not be missed.

    Dale Wright: Re Crobs (2212): Really? So Swansea, Brighton, and Watford got torn apart did they? Pretty football seems to work in the Championship.

  5. 2218: 
    Wenger on Mancini

    Here's the Premier League's longest serving manager, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, talking about the latest top-flight manager to get the boot, Manchester City's Roberto Mancini: "It came as a surprise to me, you want people to have time.

    "He knows the club and the players well and how to prepare for next season, so always for me it's difficult to accept."

  6. 2214: 
    The battle for fourth

    More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on his side having to beat Newcastle at St James' Park on the final day of the season to be sure of finishing fourth: "It's a big hurdle, but we're up for it, we can only give our best, we want to be focused."

    Would you have settled for being in this position in February when you were eight points behind Tottenham? "Of course."


    Crobs: Wigan are such a nice team to watch and play lovely football - that's why they will get torn apart in the Championship next season.

    Chris Phillips: How many other clubs in the Championship can offer European football? Wigan should be able to attract talent and bounce back.

    Graham Jack Thirkill: Sad to see Wigan go down. But it was a matter of 'when' and not 'if'.

  8. 2212: 
    The battle for fourth

    So, we know who the Premier League champions are, and we know which three teams are going down. We also know who will finish second and that, barring some sort of massive mathematic miracle, Chelsea will make the top four. That means, other than a scrap for minor positions further down the table, the only matter to be decided on the final day of the season will be for the fourth and final Champions League spot.

    Arsenal have the tougher task on paper, away at Newcastle, but they are a point ahead of their fierce north London rivals Tottenham, who host Sunderland. Who are you backing?

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    Arsenal 4-1 Wigan

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, whose side have Champions League qualification in their own hands after thumping Wigan: "First of all I'm happy we won the game, after 20 minutes we became too conservative and let Wigan back into the game.

    "We had problems keeping the ball. But when they got tired after the Cup final, we got a good win as it was becoming difficult for them."

    On his side's final-day trip to Newcastle and their hopes of a top-four finish: "It's always been in our hands, we've got another big game on Sunday and we'll give it all again."


    Hugh in York: I'm sorry, but all this 'attractive Wigan' talk is from people who don't watch their games. They've won nine games all season and scored only four more goals than Sunderland! It's a media myth that they're really good going forward.

    Ron from London: Wigan are five points from safety after 37 games and have conceded an astonishing 75 goals - thoroughly deserved to go down.

    Daz in north Wales: Sorry for Wigan, but I can see them struggling next year as well. The Championship is a difficult enough league without the burden of Europa League...

    Juliette Ferrington, BBC Sport reporter

    Not sure Wigan were one of the three worst teams in the Premier League, but it was good fun while it lasted with some great memories.


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium: "All over here. Reading fans give their players a standing ovation at the final whistle of their final home game of the season as their Premier League adventure moves closer to an end."


    Joshua King: As a Birmingham City fan my heart goes out to Wigan supporters. Cup win and down is a bitter pill. Just try and enjoy Europa nights.

    Kevin Windsor: Very honest interview from Martinez. Not wishing to make excuses but offering defensive injuries as a reason for relegation.

    Alex Lea: This 'Wigan don't start playing until April' lark is nonsense - they were 13th in November. Midseason doldrums doomed them.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 4-1 Wigan

    "Wigan haven't defended correctly as a team. You can't leave it until the last two months of a season with a mountain to climb, something like coming round the Emirates needing to win here. I know it sounds a bit harsh. They're a great side and a great club, but they've been beaten tonight and they've gone down. You can't say they didn't deserve it - the league table doesn't tell lies."

    Listen to reaction to Wigan's relegation on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

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    Arsenal 4-1 Wigan

    More from Wigan boss Roberto Martinez after his side became the first team to be relegated and win the FA Cup in the same season: "The FA Cup gave us a bit of hope of finishing the season on a high. It gave us a difference sense of confidence.

    "It's great to win the FA Cup. It's an achievement that will live forever. The relegation is something we can rectify. There have been many great things over the last few years.

    "The club is on a fantastic financial footing. We are stronger than ever. It's important we make our fans really proud. They supported us like they always do.

    "It's a difficult time. It's a time to look forward to the future."

    Juliette Ferrington, BBC Sport reporter

    It was going to be tough, but Wigan will always be FA Cup winners. Eight years in the Premier League with such a small budget is one heck of an achievement.

    When you look at the injuries Wigan have had - Alcaraz, Ramis, Caldwell, Al Habsi, Watson, Beausejour and Figueroa - it makes it even harder.

  17. 2157: 
    Arsenal 4-1 Wigan

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, after his side were relegated following their defeat at Arsenal: "I never expected this. I know we were in a difficult position, but the players are an incredible bunch and they don't deserve this.

    "It's a tough day for the football club. We had an incredible eight years in the Premier League and we need to build for the future.

    "You look at the stats and they tell you we conceded far too many goals. Going forward we were magnificent but the number of injuries we've had in the back line is something I've never seen before.

    "You keep making chances at the back and you suffer. We gave points away and that's why we are where we are."

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 4-1 Wigan

    "Any good side builds from the back and keeps clean sheets. You can't be in a position where you have to score three or four goals a game. Maybe Martinez has suffered this season because he is an attacking manager who likes his team to play attacking football. Going forward they are outstanding. But defensively, ultimately, has been the real problem."

    Listen to reaction to Wigan's relegation on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

    Reading 0-2 Man City

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium: "Edin Dzeko's late goal ends any hope of a Reading leveller and prompts a chorus of Blue Moon from the City fans as the home support pour out of the Madejski Stadium. With just a trip to West Ham to come, Reading's Premier League adventure here is over."


    Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann: Four words - we are staying up!


    Brian Mudvayne: I wonder how Wigan will juggle the Europa League and Championship? Kind of sucks to see them relegated...

    Edward Still: Can we stop this Wigan love-in? They're the third worst team in the league and deserve to go down. Get over it!

    Matthew Harris: As consolation prizes go, the FA Cup's not a bad one.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 4-1 Wigan

    "Would Wigan begrudge Martinez wanting to move on? They've played some fantastic football, he kept them in the top flight for so long and he won them the FA Cup. Surely Martinez wants to manage at the highest level?"

    Listen to reaction to Wigan's relegation on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  23. 2150: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 0-2 Man City
  24. 2149: 
    Arsenal 4-1 Wigan

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on his side's win over Wigan that relegates the Latics and sends the Gunners fourth and in control of Champions League qualification with one game to go: "It was vital to get the win tonight to stay in the driving seat, winning 4-1 at home there's no better way for the fans.

    "We were a little nervy at first but the manager told us to relax and play our own game, we showed what we're about in the second half and took care of what needed to be done. [On his goal] I've been waiting a while for it, we've got one game left and hopefully I can get another one then. We know what we've got to do against Newcastle, we've got to win to qualify for the Champions League."


    Tom Haworth: If Wigan can keep Martinez, and key players like Maloney, they have a real chance of coming straight back up.

    George MacMillan: Sorry to see Wigan go down, but they started to play too late in the season.

    Chris Deeley: Real shame to see Wigan go down. If they could play properly for the whole season they'd be European contenders.

  26. 2145: 
    GOAL- Reading 0-2 Man City - Edin Dzeko (88 mins)

    Terrible defending from Reading, and it is ruthlessly punished by City. The Royals give the ball straight to David Silva on the edge of the area and he responds by sliding the most precise of precision passes to Edin Dzeko, who takes a touch and coolly beats Alex McCarthy. They don't have a manager but second-spot is most definitely secure for City now.

  27. 2144: 
    Reading 0-1 Man City

    It's now end to end stuff at the Mad Stad, where both teams have seemingly saved up all the excitement for the final few minutes. Reading's spell of pressure has come to an end and now it is City's turn to attack, with Alex McCarthy tipping yet another long-range effort from Yaya Toure over his crossbar. About five minutes of the 90 left to play.

    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Tears for Wigan. The Premier League is a heartless place. Not enough wins early on. Poor results against relegation rivals. A lot of clubs will chase McManaman, McCarthy, McArthur...

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 4-1 Wigan

    "Wigan have got some really good players. Can they hold onto them? How brave will their chairman Dave Whelan be? Can he hold onto enough of those players to give them a good chance of coming straight back up next season?"

    Listen to reaction to Wigan's relegation on BBC Radio 5 live right now.


    Will in Kent: What's all this playing the right way nonsense? The right way is the way that gets results, and Wigan haven't been good enough all season! About time they have been found out.

    Chris in Gloucestershire: I'm afraid Wigan's goose was cooked when they lost to Swansea, really.

    Ed from Preston: So long, and thanks for all the pies.

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    Arsenal 4-1 Wigan
    Wigan players show their disappointment

    Wigan are down, and out. The Latics players went over to thank their fans but have made a hasty retreat to leave Arsenal to complete their lap of honour which is a tradition after the last home game of the season.

    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Madejski StadiumReading 0-1 Man City

    "Manchester City are the team under pressure as we go into the last 10 minutes of the game with Reading corners piling up at the moment."

    Listen to Reading v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 4-1 Wigan

    "It's difficult not to feel sorry for Wigan. They are a fantastic club, aren't they? Everyone likes Roberto Martinez's philosophy of the game and how humble he is. But if you don't accumulate enough points it doesn't matter what cups you win, if you don't pick up enough points you go down..."

    Listen to reaction to Wigan's relegation on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

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    Arsenal 4-1 Wigan

    Tears from Wigan keeper Joel Robles, as he goes to commiserate with the Latics fans at the final whistle. Tears from those Latics fans too. They are down.

  35. 2135: 
    CLOSE!- Reading 0-1 Man City

    Er, when I said Reading-City is petering out, I actually meant that Reading are about to force a spell of intense pressure that sees Carlos Tevez clear an Adrian Mariappa header off the line. About 15 minutes left for the Royals to nick an equaliser.

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    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 4-1 Wigan

    Wigan are relegated.

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    A lot of sympathy for Wigan out there judging from the texts and tweets we are getting. Apart from fans of Aston Villa and Sunderland, obviously. We are into stoppage time at the Emirates Stadium and the Latics are about to be officially relegated.


    Josh: Hate to see Wigan relegated - provide so much entertainment and will be sorely missed! Certainly become many people's second team!

    Faisal Edroos: Sad say for Wigan, but at least you guys capped off the season with a trophy.

    Marc Ciardiello: Can we vote to keep Wigan in the league anyway and send one of the lesser attractive playing teams down?

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    Reading 0-1 Man City

    The game at the Mad Stad has been petering out but City are not quite finished yet. Yaya Toure brings Alex McCarthy into action with a strike from the edge of the box before Micah Richards tries his luck with an acrobatic effort that drifts wide.

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    Arsenal 4-1 Wigan

    Wigan are still trying, still working. They have got no chance of turning this around, though.

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    Somewhere in the south of France, Joey Barton is sitting back and smiling at his computer, waiting for Twitter to react...


    Marseille midfielder Joey Barton: How did this team beat Man City in the Cup final? No wonder Mancini got the bullet. Some awful players on show here...

    Reading 0-1 Man City

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium: "Incredible rain in Reading as the home side bring on super sub Adam Le Fondre. Edin Dzeko is also on for the visitors while both keepers have also been called into action. This game desperately needs another goal as it's gone very, very quiet at the Mad Stad."

    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Madejski StadiumReading 0-1 Man City

    "There is a lull in the game and Reading will always feel there is a chance with just the one goal in it. Manchester City haven't got the lead that their dominance should have warranted."

    Listen to Reading v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  45. 2123: 
    Arsenal 4-1 Wigan

    At the moment, the last day of the season is going to be all about north London and the north east, although what happens to the latter does not really matter. Arsenal will head for Newcastle, knowing a win will guarantee them a top four finish. Tottenham host Sunderland, hoping the Gunners slip up. Both the Magpies and the Black Cats will be safe from relegation.

  46. 2121: 
    Reading 0-1 Man City

    Reading are working hard, as always, and trying to find a way through City's defence. But diagonal balls into the box from deep are about all the Royals have got at present. Last season's champions look comfortable.


    John in Edinburgh: Wigan's high line has just been savagely destroyed...

    Tom: As an Arsenal fan, there's about 18 teams I'd rather send down, but needs must. Sorry Wigan, hope to see you back soon.

    Joe from Cardiff: What's with the Wigan bashing? Classy, attractive team with a dignified manager who tried to play football the right way. A sad loss to the Premier League in my eyes.

  48. 2119: 
    Arsenal 4-1 Wigan

    I was in the press box at Wembley on Saturday to see Wigan's manager, players and fans dancing with glee as they showed off the FA Cup. We are minutes away from seeing some very different scenes at the Emirates Stadium from the Latics players and fans, and boss Roberto Martinez too.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    A relegation battle too far for Martinez, Wigan and Whelan. No real surprise Wigan capitulating. From the highest high to the lowest low.

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    Reading 0-1 Man City
    Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring for Manchester City

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has scored 17 in all competitions this season - a decent return? Yes, but not if you compare it to 2011/12, when the Argentine striker bagged 30.

  51. 2115: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Reading 0-1 Man City

    Man City's turn to attack, and this time they get a shot away. It is Yaya Toure who lets fly from the edge of the area and Alex McCarthy reacts well to tip it to safety.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 4-1 Wigan

    "I really can't see a way back for Wigan now. I really can't. Wigan have given everything tonight - absolutely fantastic. You just wonder in this next 20 minutes whether this is all too much for them, really. I hope Arsenal don't now score five or six. That would be harsh."

    Listen to Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.


    Ronnie: The Arsenal goals are a perfect example of why Wigan are where they are. Pathetic, inept defending.

    Paul Denny: Lovely jubbly! Tala Wigan. Long overdue. You can't start playing in April and expect to stay up.

    Victor Chatfield: Ah, I feel really sorry for Wigan and Martinez - they dominate Arsenal and yet they still look like losing and being relegated...

  54. 2113: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 4-1 Wigan - Aaron Ramsey (71 mins)

    Wigan collapse at the back again and this time their goose is cooked. Aaron Ramsey finds an acre of space down the left and heads for goal, cutting inside and firing past Joel Robles. Half of Wigan's team collapse to the ground - they know they are down now. The Championship awaits the FA Cup winners.

  55. 2112: 
    Reading 0-1 Man City

    Not much happening at the Madejski Stadium in comparison. Pavel Pogrebnyak has had a header saved by Joe Hart but that is it in terms of chances.

  56. 2110: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 3-1 Wigan - Lukas Podolski (68 mins)

    Things just got even worse for Wigan. Their defence went walkabout again this time too, with Paul Scharner playing Lukas Podolski onside and allowing him to run clear, lift the ball over Joel Robles and slot home. Wigan have got 20 minutes left to save their season, and their Premier League status.

  57. 2109: 
    Arsenal 2-1 Wigan

    As things stand, Arsenal are fourth... and Wigan are down.


    John Edeh: Theo is on fire!

    Jamie Mulholland: Wigan look doomed again.

    Neil Ralf: Not a chance that will be the last goal in this game...

  59. 2108: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Wigan's Ben Watson for Jordi Gomez

    Ben Watson scored Wigan's Wembley winner on Saturday, now the Latics need a goal of similar gravitas from him today. He has just come on, replacing Jordi Gomez.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 2-1 Wigan

    On Theo Walcott's goal: "Brilliant ball into the box from Cazorla. Walcott got between three Wigan definers, he's brave and he gets his little bit of luck with the finish. And Arsenal are back in front. That is a massive goal because, at the time, Arsenal were under the cosh. Wigan had been the better team in this second half."

    Listen to Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  61. 2105: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 2-1 Wigan - Theo Walcott (63 mins)

    Arsenal have been under the cosh, but they are back in front. It's a superb goal too, mainly thanks to a precision cross by Santi Cazorla, who runs on to Bacary Sagna's pass down the right. Cazorla's low ball into the box is begging to be converted and Theo Walcott does exactly that, helped by Joel Robles' decision to try to deal with it using his feet not his hands, but keeping his cool to bundle the ball home.

  62. 2104: 
    KICK-OFF- Reading 0-1 Man City

    We are back under way at the Mad Stad. No changes at the break from either team, or from the weather - it is still pouring with rain.

  63. 2102: 
    Arsenal 1-1 Wigan

    Half-an-hour left at the Emirates Stadium, and this game is still up for grabs. Theo Walcott bursts clear down the right and into the area. Will he pull it back? No, he goes for goal himself and fires the ball straight into Joel Robles' midriff.

  64. 2101: 
    Arsenal 1-1 Wigan

    Another Wigan free-kick, just time out on the right. Shaun Maloney is behind it again, and Emmerson Boyce rises to meet it at the near post... but he cannot keep his flicked header down and the ball flies over the bar.

  65. 2059: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Wigan's Franco Di Santo for Callum McManaman

    Callum McManaman cannot continue, and he is still receiving treatment near the corner flag. He was called up into the England Under-21 squad today for the European Championship so let's hope it's not a serious injury. Franco Di Santo is on in his place.

  66. 2057: 
    Arsenal 1-1 Wigan

    Wigan are still playing some lovely attacking football, playing incisive passing and firing crosses into the Arsenal box. The only bad news for the Latics is that they are currently down to 10 men - Callum McManaman is off the pitch and getting treatment.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 1-1 Wigan

    "It's gone very, very nervy inside the Emirates, particularly as Wigan have started so well and are passing the ball around..."

    Listen to Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.


    Dan in Mansfield: What's not to like about a Wigan win? Makes the final game against Villa a classic before it even kicks off. Love it.

    Oliver from London: Must have missed the rule change where 'if you lean in to a player then fall over you are entitled to a free-kick'. Not impressed, Mike Dean. Arsenal's record when he's ref is not good.

    Calum: To lose would actually be better than a draw for Arsenal, as crazy as it sounds. They'll want Sunderland to have something to play for final day if they can't win!

    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Madejski StadiumHALF-TIME- Reading 0-1 Man City

    "Manchester City should be more in front. Their play has been free flowing, intricate and slick and at times it has only been Alex McCarthy's brilliance that has kept the score down."

  70. 2054: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 1-1 Wigan

    Arsenal break forward and it is Wigan's turn to wobble. It takes a tremendous double save from Joel Robles to deny Santi Cazorla, before Tomas Rosicky follows up to fizz an angled shot wide. There is an incredible tempo to this game at the moment.

  71. 2052: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Arsenal 1-1 Wigan

    Wigan are suddenly rampant, Arsenal wobbling. The Latics have the ball in the net too, courtesy of James McCarthy, who is first to react to a blocked shot but he was offside when the initial ball was played in.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 1-1 Wigan
    Shaun Maloney celebrates scoring for Wigan

    On Wigan's equaliser just before half-time: "I personally felt there was contact between Arteta and Maloney. And Maloney has every right to go down there - he's superb at free-kicks."

    Listen to Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  73. 2049: 
    HALF-TIME- Reading 0-1 Man City

    Gary Rose reports: "Advantage Manchester City at the break and deservedly so after a dominant first half display. Plenty of delightful one-touch passing from the visitors and it was from such slick movement that they opened the scoring. City should really have more to show for their efforts but at the moment, they are comfortably on course to securing second place in the Premier League tonight."

  74. 2049: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 1-1 Wigan

    Wigan have started this half very strongly and they have just gone very close to taking the lead. Arouna Kone breaks into the box to try to finish off an intricate passing move but Wojciech Szczesny is off his line to throw out a big hand to claw it to safety.


    Barney Kiddle: Now that Newcastle are safe, I'm getting fully behind the Latics.

    Peter Jebsen: Shaun Maloney, you absolute beauty!

    Mike: Just like against Norwich., concession from a farcical free-kick decision. Why just us?

  76. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 1-1 Wigan

    We are back under way at the Emirates Stadium. A draw is not much good to either team. Who is going to win it?

  77. 2046: 
    Reading 0-1 Man City

    It is still bucketing down with rain at the Madejski Stadium, where Reading boss Nigel Adkins looks distinctly unimpressed, not to mention drenched. As things stand, Manchester City are sure of second place. They only need a point for that, to be honest.

    Reading 0-1 Man City

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium: "Sergio Aguero's quite brilliant goal lights up a turgid first half at the Madejski Stadium and spurs the City fans into life who make their point by chanting former manager Mancini's name."

  79. 2043: 
    Reading 0-1 Man City

    That's the first Manchester City goal of the post-Roberto Mancini era. The last goal to be scored before Mancini arrived was by Roque Santa-Cruz in a 4-3 win over Sunderland in December 2009 that was almost surreal in the way that rumours of Mark Hughes' demise swept the ground during the game and he waved a poignant goodbye at the final whistle.

    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Madejski StadiumReading 0-1 Man City

    On Aguero's goal: "It was brilliant play from Manchester City. Beautifully crafted and nothing more than they have deserved for this first half display. It was a move nothing like they created in the FA Cup final but showed the real quality they possesses when they are on their game."

    Listen to Reading v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  81. 2039: 
    GOAL- Reading 0-1 Man City - Sergio Aguero

    City have threatened in fits and starts tonight, much like they have all season in fact, but this is a goal of real quality. Sergio Aguero's initial shot is blocked but he is not to be denied from the resulting corner, with James Milner playing a nicely-worked one-two with David Silva to burst into the area and set up the Argentine to find the bottom corner with a convincing finish. That's his 12th Premier League goal of the season.

  82. 2038: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man City's Gareth Barry

    The pitch is Madejski Stadium is soaking wet and perfect for slide-tackles, but you have to time them right otherwise you are guaranteed some trouble from the referee. Gareth Barry doesn't, scything down Garath McCleary as he tries to reach the ball, and he goes into Martin Atkinson's book.

  83. 2037: 
    HALF-TIME- Arsenal 1-1 Wigan

    Chris McKenna reports: "Wigan looked weary from Wembley in the early stages and Arsenal punished them when Lukas Podolski nodded them into a deserved lead. But Shaun Maloney's free-kick keeps Wigan very much in the race for survival."

  84. 2035: 
    Reading 0-0 Man City

    There has been one more chance at a dank Madejski Stadium for me to tell you about. It fell to Reading: Jobi McAnuff fed Garath McCleary, who let fly from a narrow angle... but Joe Hart clawed it away and a defender did the rest.


    Femi John Atoyebi: Game on! Wembley Wigan are back!

    Kebabmon: Game on! Come on Wigan!

    Thomas Gregory: That should never have been a free kick. How can the ref say that's a foul by Arteta and give nothing for the foul on Cazorla?

    Reading 0-0 Man City

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium: "Despite the weather, both sides continue to attempt to play passing football in a game of few chances and little action. Caretaker boss Brian Kidd cuts a lonely and gloomy figure on the City bench as the rain continues to pelt down."

  87. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Arsenal 1-1 Wigan

    The Arsenal fans whistle referee Mike Dean as he leaves the pitch at half-time. They were not too impressed with his decision to award that free-kick, supposedly for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Shaun Maloney. Neither was Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who made his frustration clear even before Maloney stepped up to fire home.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 1-1 Wigan

    "I was so confident when Maloney was stepping up. He is magnificent from these dead-ball situations. That is a brilliant free-kick. How does he get it so up then down? Great goal, and 1-1! A wonderful strike - fantastic ability."

    Listen to Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  89. 2030: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-1 Wigan - Shaun Maloney (45 mins)

    Wigan will be even happier with the way the scoreline looks now. It's a peach of a free-kick from Shaun Maloney too, which levels the scores and give his side hope... yet again. Maloney fired the free-kick up and down, over the Arsenal wall and just inside Wojciech Szczesny's left-hand post. He got a hand to it, but could not keep it out.

  90. 2028: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Wigan

    A couple of minutes to go until half-time at the Emirates. I don't think Wigan will be too displeased with the way the scoreline looks at the moment, and the Latics have just won a free-kick in a dangerous position outside the box...

  91. 2027: 
    Reading 0-0 Man City
    Manchester City fans at Reading

    It's not just Bryan Kidd who is missing Roberto Mancini. The away end at Reading may be far from full but some of the Manchester City supporters in attendance have made their feelings clear about the job done by their team's former boss.


    Paul Watson: I don't understand why Everton are interested in Martinez. Wigan have been poor and in relegation scraps for the last four seasons!

    Tom Beman: Martinez has lost the likes of Moses, Nzogbia, Valencia, Rodallega and is working with a tiny budget. Overachieved, I think!

    Ideljit: The debate over Martinez's ability rages on. Really intriguing to see what he would do at a bigger club...

  93. 2024: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Wigan

    While I've been getting Podolski's surname mixed up with his nationality in an attempt to come up with a rubbish pun, Arsenal have got the ball in the net again. It won't count, though, because Theo Walcott is marginally offside as he runs on to Mikel Arteta's poked throughball and the flag is up. Wigan, who have improved of late, breathe again.

  94. 2023: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Wigan
    Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring against Wigan

    With his goal tonight, Arsenal's Lukas Podolski has now found the net 10 times in the Premier League this season. Have the Gunners missed talismanic striker Robin van Persie since he left for Manchester United last summer? Er, yes, they have.

    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Madejski StadiumReading 0-0 Man City

    "You wonder if City have been a little upset by that substitute as Reading have come into it a bit more recently. Maicon has found it difficult to pick up the pace of this game and mistimed a couple of interceptions."

    Listen to Reading v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  96. 2021: 
    Reading 0-0 Man City

    Maicon has gone to right-back for City and Micah Richards has moved across to centre-back. That reshuffle at the back has let Reading come into the game and they have just had their first shot on target - a skidding low shot from Hal Robson-Kanu that Joe Hart has to scramble to snuffle at his left-hand post.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 1-0 Wigan

    "For all Arsenal's good play and their running and their half-chances, they are only 1-0 up. Wigan should take some belief from that. They can still get back into this game. The longer it stays 1-0 the more nervousness creeps into the crowd."

    Listen to Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  98. 2017: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Wigan

    Too many Wigan moves are breaking down before they reach the final third of the Arsenal pitch and they have not threatened since that sniff for Arouna Kone. Arsenal are far smarter in possession and Santi Cazorla is playing some delightful stuff. The Gunners look dangerous every time they go forward.


    Josh from London: Ramsey is fast becoming one of my favourite players in an Arsenal shirt. Not always perfect but he seems to have found an identity in the team. Full of confidence and he looks like he's loving his football.

    Johnny in London: Roberto Martinez's league record at Wigan: P150 W38 D42 L70. That is an awful, awful record. Hope Wigan go down so I don't have to hear about how amazing Martinez is.

    Jethro: Championship and Europa League next season? That is a busy schedule for Wigan!

  100. 2015: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City's Maicon for Kolo Toure

    City make that enforced change, with one of Roberto Mancini's summer signing Maicon dashing on to replace his team-mate after he hobbles off.

    Reading 0-0 Man City
    Manchester City caretaker boss Brian Kidd

    Where's Robbie? Brian Kidd, of course, is the man in charge of City tonight. But is he yet come to terms with the dismissal of Roberto Mancini and the resignation of David Platt, the men who usually sit next to him in the dug-out?

  102. 2013: 

    This doesn't look good. Manchester City defender Kolo Toure pulls up in pain as the ball is passed to him across the back, and he is indicating that he cannot continue.

  103. 2011: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Wigan

    Hang about, because here is Arouna Kone, trying to get on the end of a clipped ball into the Gunners box. Kone looks like he might sneak in between Arsenal's defence and goalkeeper to meet it too, but Laurent Koscielny does well to read the danger and clear.

  104. 2008: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Wigan

    We have not seen much of Wigan going forward yet. Nothing at all, actually. Their wide men, and striker Arouna Kone, who were all so effective at Wembley, have not got into this game yet one bit.


    Kieran Milward: Unfortunately, Wigan the league team are nowhere near the same as Wigan the cup team. Relegation.

    Jimmy Murphy: People always hail Martinez, but if he was such a great manager he'd have his team playing from August and not April!

    Paul Simon Heskins: The Swansea loss relegated Wigan - tonight is a formality.

    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Madejski StadiumReading 0-0 Man City

    "Bright start from Manchester City, they have got possession of the ball and threatened on every occasion they have got into the final third and have tested Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy twice already."

    Listen to Reading v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  107. 2005: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Reading 0-0 Man City

    City are pressing hard too and Sergio Aguero has just had a snap-shot beaten away by Alex McCarthy. The Reading keeper has just denied James Milner from point-blank range too, although he had some help from one of his defenders that time.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 1-0 Wigan

    "Arsenal's intensity has just blown Wigan away in these first 20 minutes. They are first to every ball and are so professional. It has been a very, very fast start from Arsenal."

    Listen to Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  109. 2002: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Wigan

    Back at the Emirates and Arsenal continue to dominate. Kieran Gibbs takes a chance and dashes into the area, where he almost gets on the end of a cross-shot from Bacary Sagna. Then Walcott and Mikel Arteta see shots blocked inside the box. Wigan are all over the place at the moment.


    Stephen Noakes: That didn't take long. Wigan to go down to a hammering.

    Sean Whittall: That goal is a prime example of why Wigan are not a Premier League quality side - shocking defending! Wigan relegation party!

    Sanj: Well that's that... bye bye Wigan. And as for Spurs and Champions League qualification, that's fading away too...

  111. 2001: 
    Reading 0-0 Man City

    Some early pressure from Manchester City, which earns them a corner but ends when James Milner fires over the bar from the edge of the area. There are 1,000 empty seats in the away end, which means City sold 1,200 of their allocated tickets.

  112. 2000: 
    KICK-OFF- Reading 0-0 Man City

    We are under way at the Madejski Stadium, where it is still raining hard.

    Reading v Man City (2000 BST)

    BBC Sport reporter Nabil Hassan at Madjeski Stadium: First chants of "Mancini" from the 200-or-so Man City fans who have bothered to make the trip south. It's tipping it down.

    Can spot a Italy flag and a banner saying 'Grazie Mancini' in the away end, which is as sparse as I've seen it this season.‏

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 1-0 Wigan

    On Arsenal's goal: "You could se it coming, you really could. Mertesacker caused havoc at the near post. Scharner neither marked him nor got anything on it. Podolski was unmarked and nodded it in to an open net. Wigan had to make Arsenal work for their goals, but that was a giveaway."

    Listen to Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  115. 1955: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Wigan - Lukas Podolski (11 mins)

    Uh-oh. This is the sort of defending Wigan usually produce in September, not May. James McArthur tussles with Lukas Podolski as Santi Cazorla's corner comes through a crowd of players, with Podolski making space to head home from inside the six-yard box. As things stand, the Latics are DOWN.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 0-0 Wigan

    On the Gunners' chance at 1953: "Fantastic run from Walcott. Really positive and got to the by-line, crossed it and it was really clever from Cazorla. It bounced in front of him but was too difficult to volley so he went with his head. It was just past the post, and a great effort."

    Listen to Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  117. 1954: 
    Reading v Man City (2000 BST)

    A few banners in support of departed Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini in evidence before kick-off at the Madejski Stadium. I think there might be a few songs of a similar subject given an airing later too.

  118. 1953: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Wigan

    Back in north London and Arsenal are back on the attack. Theo Walcott zips down the right again and this time his cross does find Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard reacts well when the ball skids off the sodden pitch but his clever stooping header fizzes wide of Joel Robles' left-hand post.

  119. 1951: 
    Reading v Man City (2000 BST)

    It's a wet old night at the Madejski Stadium too. Not the sort of night you want to be dishing out end-of-season awards on the pitch before the game, which is exactly what the Royals are currently doing right now.

  120. 1949: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Wigan

    It's still all Arsenal. Only a vital interception by Paul Scharner stops a Theo Walcott pull-back from reaching Santi Cazorla near the penalty spot. Wigan need to take the sting out of this game, and as soon as they can.

  121. 1946: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Wigan

    The first three minutes have been all Arsenal and Wigan have hardly touched the ball. If the Latics do have an FA Cup hangover, this sort of start is the last thing they need.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 0-0 Wigan

    "Wigan won't have done any training. They will have massaged and walked through a few set places. And here they are tonight playing in this wonderful stadium in front of 60,000 fans, with their opponents needing to win. You wouldn't be surprised, however, if Wigan pulled it off, but I think it will be too far for them tonight. I can only see an Arsenal win."

    Listen to Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  123. 1946: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 0-0 Wigan

    The Gunners get us started. It is tipping down with rain in north London.

  124. 1944: 
    Arsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    The players are on the pitch at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger has just shaken hands with Roberto Martinez, and this game is about to get under way.

    Reading v Man City (2000 BST)

    Manchester City interim manager Brian Kidd has opted to make four changes from the side that lost to Wigan in Saturday's FA Cup final. Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta (suspended) and Matija Nastasic are not involved, while Samir Nasri drops to the bench. Micah Richards, Kolo Toure, Joleon Lescott and James Milner all come into the City side.

    Reading boss Nigel Adkins, meanwhile, has decided to keep faith with the side that won 4-2 at Fulham last time out as they look to continue their recent upturn in form.


    Ross Varnam Collier: Going down. For the love of all things Holy, going down. From a nervous Sunderland fan...

    Chris Hogg: Going down. They may have done it before but it'll be too little too late for Wigan this season.

    Sam Low: Now Norwich are safe, and I'm watching safely from behind a neutral's blastshield - would love Wigan to pull off a miracle!

  127. 1939: 
    Arsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    More from Roberto Martinez, who is sporting a pin badge on his jacket that simply reads 'believe', on whether he and his players think they can beat the drop: "We have to."

    Arsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, speaking before kick-off at the Emirates Stadium about his side's hopes of getting the victory they need to stay up: "It is an exciting challenge, difficult, coming to a glamorous place having to win. This is going to be incredible example of Premier League football. We were delighted on Saturday but that is in the bank and now we are in the second cup final.

    On naming an unchanged side: "It is important to keep partnerships that were successful and because we have so many injuries we do not have the options to rotate. When players have not played much it is a bigger risk to make changes. Arsenal have had 10 days off and we have not."

    Arsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    So, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has kept his faith in the team that won Wigan the FA Cup just three days ago, naming an unchanged line-up. The Spaniard will be hoping there are no weary legs from that historic occasion - if there are, at least he has Saturday's matchwinner Ben Watson to call upon from the bench.

    Arsenal, who have had over a week to recover from their win over QPR, make one change with Kieran Gibbs replacing Nacho Monreal at left-back.

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    On Arsenal's top-four hopes: "Arsenal have been on a great run, though Tottenham have helped them. Arsenal have looked after their own business. They have got the all-important goals then defended properly. They have secured 1-0 and 2-0 wins, wins are vital."

    Listen to build-up of Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

    Arsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, whose side are on their best run of form of the season, and need to win to go fourth: "We have a great desire to well and we have confidence because we are on a long run, and we will focus on what we have to do.

    Will Wigan be tired? "We don't know. The level of difficulty is always difficult to predict. Both sides need to win so we will focus on ourselves. Once the first goal goes in it could open up the game."


    Paddy in Exeter: Going down. Arsenal have a knack of raising Tottenham's hopes then stuffing them at the last post.

    Matt: Going down. Must-win game for both teams? Sounds like a draw to me.

    Harvey from Bath: Tired Wigan team buzzing off an FA cup win? Can't call it....

    Arsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez accepts his players may be physically drained after their FA Cup win. "Physically sometimes you can be drained but emotionally everyone is ready," said Martinez. "We will have to assess it very carefully and get everyone fully fit because to play against a talented Arsenal side you need to be full of energy."

    Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has urged his players to take a big step in securing yet another season of Champions League football. "Both teams have to go for it, it's a huge game for both of us," he said. "We have been very consistent, we've been on a remarkable run and our destiny is in our hands."


    Conor: We are staying up! We've done it before, we will do it again!

    Rich Leeman: Staying up. As a neutral I'd love a Wigan win tonight to spice up the last day at both ends of the table!

    Sean Cole: Staying up. With the determination and the momentum from the Cup final on Sunday, they can beat Arsenal.

    Arsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    Chris McKenna reports: "Remarkably Wigan's tears of joy could be turned to tears of sorrow just three days after their historic FA Cup success. Defeat tonight will send them back to the second tier for the first time since 2005 and even a draw will leave them needing a miracle because of Sunderland's far superior goal difference in 17th.

    Arsenal have their own agenda in what is set-up to be a tense affair as victory puts them back in control of the race for the final Champions League spot. This could be emotional."

    Reading v Man City (2000 BST)

    Gary Rose reports: "In the wake of Saturday's FA Cup final defeat and Monday night's dismissal of manager Roberto Mancini, the season cannot end soon enough for Manchester City. The Italian paid the price for failing to win any trophies this season, meaning first team coach Brian Kidd is in the dugout tonight with his task little more than to ensure City finish second. A point at the Madejski Stadium will do just that.

    "For relegated Reading, they will be keen to not finish bottom, and the players will also want to catch the eye of new boss Nigel Adkins and ensure they are in his plans for next season."

  137. 1925: 

    Man City fans may well want Mourinho. But they don't always get what they want. As some of them might remember from the early and mid 1990s when the likes of Brian Horton (AKA 'Brian Who?') were appointed despite the presence of the likes of Johan Cruyff on the fans wish-list.

    I think we can rule Horton out of the job this time, though...

    Reading v Man City (2000 BST)

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium: "Arrived at a rain soaked Madejski Stadium in time to speak to a few Manchester CIty fans who are split on the decision to sack Roberto Mancini. 'He gave us the best three years of the past 45,' said one. 'A genius on the pitch, weak off it,' said another. One thing is certain though, one name dominates their wish list to succeed the Italian. 'We want Mourinho,' they chant."

    BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    Former Wigan defender Matt Jackson: "We've made sure the boys have eaten well, they've trained and travelled down yesterday. So we're as well-prepared as it's possible to be. Relegation battles are horrific. They take over your entire life. Sometimes it is easier for the situation to be as it now is - we know we have to win this game. All the focus is on tonight."

    Listen to build-up of Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.


    Matt Fallon: GOING DOWN. It's not like I want Wigan to get relegated, but I'd be disappointed if they haven't been by 10pm tonight. Come on Arsenal!

    Andrew Priestley: STAYING UP. It wouldn't surprise me in if Wigan grabbed a win at Arsenal tonight. They're that sort of team - never know when they're beaten.

    Chris Palmer: My friend is an Arsenal fan and has bet on Wigan to win. For that reason it will be a nailed-on draw.

    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky, Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski. Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Jenkinson, Gervinho.

    Wigan: Robles, Boyce, Scharner, Alcaraz, Espinoza, McManaman, Maloney, McCarthy, McArthur, Kone, Gomez. Subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Watson, Di Santo, Henriquez, Fyvie, Golobart.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    "Wigan will have got great confidence from the way that they played in the FA Cup final. Roberto Martinez is always talking about the performance. I don't think tiredness will come into their minds tonight. They'll realise the job that they have to do. Mentally tonight they will be right up for this game and they will be full of confidence. But they will need to do something special to with at the Emirates tonight."

    Listen to build-up of Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  143. 1917: 
    Reading v Man City (2000 BST)

    BREAKING: Reading are unchanged from their last league game, a 4-2 win over Fulham. Full line-ups to follow shortly.


    Will, a Wigan supporter: Staying up. If we play as we did on Saturday we could win. I'm only worried about how fit the players are!

    Harry from Kent: Staying up. I was at this game last year and saw Arsenal lose. I was offered the tickets for this game - naturally turned them down.

    Burnsy in Manchester: I can see Wigan staying up this season, again! Arsenal are an inconsistent side, Wigan always cause upsets at this part of the season, Villa don't have the only player in their team who can score goals. Wigan are going to stay up!

  145. 1916: 
    Manchester City's caretaker manager Brian Kidd

    Roberto Mancini's exit means his former assistant Brian Kidd is in charge for the rest of the season, and indeed the club's tour of the United States, or at least until the club appoint Manuel Pell... er, I mean name their next new permanent manager, whoever that might be.

    The last time Kidd picked a team? November 1999, when his Blackburn team drew with Wimbledon (now MK Dons). It's been a while.


    Tom Holmes: Going down. Three days after that massive Cup final, I can't see Wigan nabbing the win tonight. Arsenal are rested and hungry.

    Femi Oyedola: Going down. One relegation fight too many and this game means too much to us at Arsenal. For once, we won't be Mr Nice Guys.

    James Gray: Going down, Wigan. Not a big enough squad and too much mediocrity. Man cannot win by Kone alone...

  147. 1912: 
    Taxi for Mancini
    Roberto Mancini

    Speaking of which, this time last year, Roberto Mancini was on the back of an open-top bus, enjoying the last remnants of some spring sunshine and parading the Premier League trophy around Manchester, in front of 100,000 celebrating City fans.

    This year? That bus was definitely not required. The Italian, who was known for using pedal power to get to and from City's Carrington training ground, might not have made his final exit in a taxi, but he was definitely on his bike this week.

  148. 1909: 
    Arsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    When I said earlier that this game mattered in north London as much as it did in Lancashire, I should have added it meant a lot in the north east and the west midlands too. In fact, let's look at which fans will be following tonight's game at the Emirates Stadium and hoping for which result.

    Wanting Wigan to win: Tottenham. Even if Wigan held Arsenal, that would leave Spurs in pole position to finish in the top four.

    Wanting Arsenal to win: Sunderland and Aston Villa. A Wigan win tonight would leave them needing to beat Villa on Sunday to finish above them. That would send Villa down,

    IF Sunderland picked up at least a point at White Hart Lane in their final game. An Arsenal win tonight would avoid prolonging the pain for Black Cats and Villa fans, because three points for the Gunners means Wigan are gonners.


    Brian in Manchester: Going down...

    Dean: Going down. Lack of ambition to climb the Premier League table. Wigan deserve it!

    Dan from Oxford: Staying up. You can always count on Arsenal to miss out on some easy pickings.

  150. 1906: 
    David Platt leaves Man City

    This just in: Manchester City assistant manager David Platt has joined Roberto Mancini in leaving the club. A statement on City's website reads:

    "With regret Manchester City announce that David Platt has this afternoon left his role as Assistant Manager at the Club.

    "David was offered the opportunity to continue his work with us but has declined the invitation. He has decided to leave his role with his close friend Roberto Mancini.

    "David has made a significant contribution to the Club's success since joining in 2010 and we wish him well with his career wherever that now takes him."

  151. 1903: 
    Reading v Man City (2000 BST)

    BREAKING: Manchester City caretaker boss Bryan Kidd makes four changes from the team that lost the FA Cup final in Roberto Mancini's last game in charge. James Milner, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards and Kolo Toure come in.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Wigan defender Matt Jackson, (speaking a bit earlier on today) on 5 live Breakfast: "The position is certainly clarified - the boys know exactly what they've got to do this evening.

    "It was a wonderful result at Wembley, fantastic but unfortunately as the results began to roll in on Sunday afternoon we then realised what had to be done tonight. Preparations are in place, the professionalism hasn't wavered and the boys are looking forward to a massive occasion."

    Listen to build-up of Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  153. 1902: 

    What probably - actually, make that definitely - doesn't help Wigan's cause is that their opponents tonight are an Arsenal side who are desperate for victory to boost their hopes of a top-four finish.

    If they win this game, the Gunners leapfrog Spurs to move fourth and would be certain of Champions League qualification if they beat Newcastle on Sunday, no matter how Spurs get on against Sunderland. This game matters a lot in north London as well as Lancashire, make no mistake about it.

  154. 1858: 

    The answer to the question posed by John below is: Uefa. They won't allow any domestic games to be played on the same night as the Europa League final, no matter how much it might make sense...

    John Hartson at Emirates Stadium for 5 live Sport

    "Why couldn't the FA have given Wigan another 24 hours and played this game tomorrow night? The final day's fixtures are on Sunday. Of course, it may not come down to that. The scenario tonight is exactly the same for both teams - both sides have to win, then they have to win again at the weekend. A draw is no good to anybody. I'm expecting a really open game of football with both teams going for it."

    Listen to build-up of Arsenal v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  156. 1857: 
    Arsenal v Wigan (1945 BST)

    BREAKING: Wigan name the same team that started (and won) the FA Cup final on Saturday. Just the one change for Arsenal - Kieran Gibbs for Nacho Monreal at left-back.

  157. 1854: 
    Staying up... or going down

    Wigan have won at Arsenal before when their top-flight life has depended upon it - 12 months ago to be precise. But do you fancy your chances of them doing it again tonight?

    Let me know your prediction on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcfootball and via text (in the UK) on 81111 by saying STAYING UP or GOING DOWN... and explaining (briefly!) why. Put your names on those texts too, otherwise I will relegate you myself.

  158. 1851: 
    Ready to write Wigan off?
    Wigan matchwinner Ben Watson and manager Roberto Martinez

    So, you don't need a degree in pure mathematics to work out that staying up seems unlikely for Wigan. Then again, who gave them a chance of beating Manchester City in the FA Cup on Saturday? Not many.

    As you're probably (and hopefully!) already aware, Roberto Martinez got his hands on the famous old trophy in the end, to secure the first major piece of silverware in his club's history.

    Now he just has to avoid being the first manager to win the FA Cup and get relegated in the same season. Not such a desirable record, that one.

  159. 1848: 

    Yep, as Manchester City begin life without the recently sacked Signore Mancini by taking on relegated Reading, the Premier League's other Robbie M - Senor Martinez - is still battling to preserve the Latics' top-flight status.

    Realistically, nothing less than a win at Arsenal this evening will do for Wigan, who would then have to beat Aston Villa on the last day of the season to complete one of the greatest great escapes you've ever seen. Draw at the Emirates Stadium and they need some improbably scorelines to go their way on Sunday. Lose, and they are DOWN.

  160. 1845: 

    Evening folks. I was going to bill tonight's Premier League double-bill as a 'Survival Special'. It still is, for Wigan. Obviously it's now a bit late for anyone to save Roberto Mancini, though.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 37 43 88
2 Man City 37 33 78
3 Chelsea 37 35 72
4 Arsenal 37 34 70
5 Tottenham 37 19 69
6 Everton 37 16 63
7 Liverpool 37 27 58
8 West Brom 37 -4 48
9 Swansea 37 -1 46
10 West Ham 37 -10 43
11 Stoke 37 -11 41
12 Norwich 37 -18 41
13 Newcastle 37 -22 41
14 Southampton 37 -11 40
15 Fulham 37 -13 40
16 Aston Villa 37 -22 40
17 Sunderland 37 -12 39
18 Wigan 37 -26 35
19 Reading 37 -28 28
20 QPR 37 -29 25