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Wenger praises Martinez job

14 May 2013 15:29

Arsene Wenger has admitted he would be "sad" to see Wigan Athletic relegated before his Arsenal side host the FA Cup winners on Tuesday.

Both sides are desperate for victory for different reasons, with Arsenal competing for a UEFA Champions League place and Wigan fighting relegation.

Martinez has done a terrific job in maintaining Wigan's top-flight status, and Wenger praised the Spaniard's managerial qualities.

"Martinez has a positive philosophy. Above all, what you want is that he tries to play good football," Wenger said.

"That for me is a good basis to go forward and move higher up. He looks to master the situations well.

"More and more teams play that kind of football now. Swansea has joined in as well so all the teams play good football, Norwich plays good football.

"That in the Premier League is now common but Wigan, what they have done as well is always discover players. You have to give them credit for that.

"With a small budget they find very good players and that's sad of course if they go."

The Frenchman knows his side will face a difficult task, and was impressed by Wigan's performance in the FA Cup final against Manchester City.

"The level of energy they have shown on Saturday is absolutely huge, the transitional play they have done is absolutely fantastic, the speed from defence they've shown on Saturday was fantastic.

"It is a surprise that they are in the position they are in because they have produced a remarkable game on Saturday and they played remarkably well on both flanks."

The London club are fighting for fourth spot in the league, but the Frenchman insists he is not happy to have been out of the title picture in recent seasons.

He added: "What I said was the minimum required (games).

"You could see that when Chelsea their championship position was under threat, they said their minimum requirement for us is to be in the Champions League next year. So it is difficult to achieve.

"But we have done it over the years and to answer you question, 'is it enough?', 'no'. We want more. But this year Man United was above everybody else."

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Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
14 May 2013
Game week
37
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
4 - 1
Venue
Emirates Stadium (London)
Attendance
60068

Goals

L. Podolski 11'
(assist by Cazorla) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
T. Walcott 63'
(assist by Cazorla) 
2 - 1
L. Podolski 68'
(assist by Cazorla) 
3 - 1
A. Ramsey 71'
(assist by Cazorla) 
4 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

Sunday 31 August

Saturday 30 August

23:42
23:26
23:19
23:16
23:06
22:57
22:51
22:51
22:33
22:23
22:02
21:39
21:21
21:19
21:17
21:02
20:55
20:42
20:41
20:41
20:34
20:15
20:14
20:14
20:13
19:59
19:53
19:48
19:42
19:20
19:17
19:01
18:36
18:16
18:01
18:00
17:55
17:53
17:42
17:20
17:11
16:30
16:22
16:20
16:18
16:09
15:59
15:45
15:39
15:20
12:51
12:35
12:24
12:03
11:03
11:02
10:12
06:42
05:53
02:54
02:42
02:39
01:22

Friday 29 August

23:21
23:19
22:45
22:38
22:29
21:53
21:30
21:28
21:09
20:45
20:21
19:51
19:30
19:24
19:24
18:56
18:34
17:31
16:53
16:19
16:17
16:00
15:58
15:48
15:40
15:28
15:16
15:16
15:05
14:05
13:35
13:29
13:11
12:59
12:50
12:50
12:29
12:18
11:37
11:35
11:10
10:55
10:44
10:43
10:29
10:11
10:06
09:47
09:47
09:40
09:23
07:26
06:40
06:35
05:41
05:07
04:39
04:36
04:30
03:28
02:57
02:29
01:42
01:00

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +7 9
2 3 +5 9
3 2 +5 6
4 3 +3 6
5 2 +1 4
6 3 +1 4
7 2 +1 4
8 2 +1 4
9 3 +0 4
10 3 -1 3
11 2 -1 3
12 3 -4 3
13 3 -1 2
14 3 -1 2
15 3 -2 2
16 3 -3 2
17 3 -3 2
18 2 -2 1
19 3 -3 1
20 3 -3 1

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