Wenger’s biggest challenge ahead of Wigan game

Which Arsenal side will turn up on Saturday??

That’s the question Arsène Wenger and Gooners will be asking themselves ahead of the match against Wigan, a tricky match at the best of times against a team capable of causing us a few problems.

Steve Bruce’s sides work hard and in Emile Heskey and Amir Zaki, they have enough power and pace to give us as hard a match as they did Liverpool, who they were unfortunate not to beat earlier this season.

In some respects, the ease with which we beat the Latics in the Carling Cup with our kids could prove our undoing....

The senior boys will turn up and believe, as they did against Hull City, that the result will take care of itself. And we all know what happened that day.

Building on the success of last weekend’s victory over Ch*vski is imperative and is going to require some resolute organisation.

We have no boss in midfield to win the ball and break up opposing attacks in order to give our forwards a chance to carve out their openings.

Much will depend on whether the likes of Alex Song and Denilson maintain their discipline and continue to grow.

If Wigan’s game against West Brom last weekend is anything to go by, Chris Kirkland is in formidable form and it will take something special to beat him.

There’s no doubt that, even with our injuries, we have a side capable of beating Wigan, but it’s a fine act getting a balance between trying too hard and labouring or thinking the game will win itself and falling to another embarrassing defeat.

No wonder Wenger talked about maintaining humility after beating the Ch*vs – he knows how quickly success goes to these young players’ heads.

Wenger’s motivational skills will be needed in spades if we are not to slip back to the bad old habits of complacency and over-playing that have caused us such frustration so far this season.

Nothing less than three points will do if we are to start to build the confidence and momentum necessary to revive our domestic season.