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Wigan Athletic – A Tale Of Ecstasy To Agony

The Latics shocked the footballing world on Saturday as they put in a virtuoso display in the FA Cup final and managed to upset giants Manchester City against all odds. Their 1-0 victory sent shock waves across England and Europe and was perhaps considered as one of the biggest upsets of all time. Wigan were ecstatic following their heroics at Wembley, and the squad put all their worries in the league aside for the time being and soaked in the feeling of winning silverware.

According to Metro, their bubble of joy however lasted for just 72 hours, considering they faced a harsh reality check at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night as a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Gunners saw them get relegated into the second tier of English football. They are the first club ever in the history of the game to have won the FA Cup and to get relegated in the very same season.

Wigan needed two victories out of their remaining two fixtures to ensure another year in the Premier League, however with a trip to Arsenal on their hands, they would have needed yet another heroic display like the one they produced on Saturday against City to get the 3 points.

It was not to be though, considering the Gunners themselves had some business to take care of as they intended to, and successfully managed to displace their bitter cross-town rivals Tottenham Hotspurs out of the top 4 with a victory on Tuesday night.

Arsenal and Tottenham are vying for the final UEFA Champions League spot, and with one round of fixtures remaining, the destiny of Arsenal is in their very own hands.

After Tuesday night’s result, the Gunners move back into 4th spot and hold a slender 1-point lead over Tottenham. Arsenal travel to St. James’ Park to take on Newcastle United in their last fixture, and Spurs welcome Sunderland to White Hart Lane.

Will Arsenal get that all-important victory to secure Champions League football for a 16th consecutive year? And will Wigan play in the Championship with renewed vigor and gain immediate promotion back to the English Premier League?

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