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Wigan shatter Arsenal’s hopes

Arsenal squandered a golden opportunity to get back in the Premier League title race as Wigan scored three times in the last 10 minutes to clinch a remarkable 3-2 win at the DW Stadium on Sunday.

sports Updated: Apr 18, 2010 23:40 IST

Arsenal squandered a golden opportunity to get back in the Premier League title race as Wigan scored three times in the last 10 minutes to clinch a remarkable 3-2 win at the DW Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from Theo Walcott and Mikael Silvestre had given Arsene Wenger's side a 2-0 lead by the 48th minute, but Ben Watson reduced the deficit in the 80th minute to spark a meltdown from the Gunners.

A horrific mistake by Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski gifted Wigan an equaliser in the 89th minute as the Pole dropped a corner onto Titus Bramble for the defender to head home.

Then in stoppage time, winger Charles N'Zogbia cut across the edge of the Arsenal penalty area and curled a superb shot past Fabianski.

The defeat — Arsenal's third in a row — leaves the north London club six points behind leaders Chelsea with only three games to play and effectively ends their title bid.

Wigan's fightback means Roberto Martinez's team are now seven points away from the relegation zone and virtually guaranteed to stay up.

Later on Sunday, already-relegated Portsmouth host Aston Villa, who retain an outside chance of winning a place in the Champions League via a top-four finish.

Barca fire blanks, give Real title hope

Champions Barcelona let Real Madrid firmly back into the La Liga title race following a 0-0 draw at neighbours Espanyol on Saturday.

Barca had Brazilian full back Dani Alves sent off on the hour mark and the treble winners failed to score in the league for the first time in six months and Real can now chop their four-point lead down to a point. Coach Pep Guardiola will hope the draw is just a blip as his side, who have beaten Real twice this season, look to get over the finishing line with five games.