* I'm not gonna lie - I had this one marked as a home win. We absolutely bulldozed Wigan oop north earlier this season, and I expected a repeat performance, or at least a reasonably comfortable win. Mais non. I've always hoped that players don't suffer from the same type of overconfidence that sometimes affects fans, but tonight it did seem to be an issue. I don't think we really looked as up for it as, say, we were against Man City. Yes, our opponents play in different ways, but I don't think we would have been so sloppy, and gotten off to such a poor start, if we'd been playing a team slightly higher up the table.
* But, really, we shouldn't have been so complacent. Wigan should have beaten Chelsea at the Bridge a few weeks back, and they turned over United less than a week ago. Martinez is by some distance the best of the managers currently fighting for survival, and Wigan's recent revival is far from inexplicable.
* The two Wigan goals came from a toxic mix of overconfidence and sloppiness. The first goal just saw too many players forward too early in the game, and not enough of them busting a gut to get back and defend. Kudos to Wigan for being so willing to punish us on the break. The second goal was simply a litany of errors. Moses turned Sagna inside-out, and then Djourou, Vermaelen and Szczesny all need to take a big dollop of blame for not clearing the danger. Just before Gomez pounced to put the ball into the net, all three players seemed to hesitate for a second, allowing the goal to be scored. Really, really poor defending.
* Indeed, and its a drum I now seem to bang with metronomic regularity, I worry about Vermaelen. He is a good defender, no doubt, but he has a lot of errors in him. His goal showed everything that's brilliant about him as a player, and particularly his incredible drive. But if Koscielny had been on the pitch today, I don't think we would have conceded two goals. That yellow card against Man City might just have cost us three points today, or at least one. There's also no getting away from the fact that Djourou was pretty poor, and a shadow of the player he was last year.
* If the goals were frustrating, then even more worrying was the news that Arteta limped off the pitch, and now has his right ankle in a protective boot. If I was going to be ultra-pessimistic, he is the one player we really, really can't afford to lose. Without him, we're like a jazz-band without a drummer - edgy, possibly even entertaining, but ultimately a bit of a mess. I worry in particular about how much we'll miss him on Saturday against an apparently rejuvenated Chelsea.
* Every week I have to write something in defence of Aaron Ramsey, and today is no exception. When he arrived on the pitch the score was already 2-0, so the idea that our defeat was due to him is incorrect. He looks completely bereft of confidence, and I don't think he knows what his role is in the team any more. Perhaps if he just stays deep and tries to play the metronome role for a few games, with Rosicky (who was excellent tonight) marauding in front of him, AR can not only gain back a bit of confidence in himself, but also win over quite a few of the fans. Let's not forget, he played 90 minutes when we beat Chelsea earlier this season.
* If we're looking for culprits, I would argue that the likes of Theo and Song had far worse games than Ramsey. Walcott's stats would suggest he's had a good season, but how many games has he this year like the one he had tonight? He was garbage. Song was also completely off his game, giving away a slew of fouls that broke-up our momentum.
* Sagna also had a torrid night. I was surprised when Moses ended up at Wigan because he was extremely hyped-up as a youngster. A few more performances like tonight, and he'll soon be at a bigger
* Gary Caldwell is a mug. Don't really need to expand on that.
* Quite quietly, Robin has had a bit of a dip in form. He hasn't scored a goal in open play since we beat Newcastle on March 12. Yes, his chipped penalty was a delight against Wolves, but if we can't get him scoring goals in open play then we definitely look a much less threatening proposition.
* All credit to Wigan. They may have time-wasted to the nth degree, but they also very effectively nullified us in the second half. The fact we had 23 shots on goal, but only 4 were on target, shows how well they defended. I think they will stay up.
* So, where does this leave us? Frustrated and in a slightly more precarious situation than we might like. We should be 8 points clear of Totts/Newcastle, and 11 clear of Chelsea, but, instead, we remain within striking distance. Norwich at home is probably our easiest remaining fixture. Other than that we have Chelsea at home, and two pretty unappealing away trips to West Brom and Stoke. Unless we beat Chelsea on Saturday, which obviously will not be easy, our passage to Europe may well remain unsecured until the final weekend. Four games to go, and things remain interesting. I suppose that's both a blessing and a curse.