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Wigan relegated with Arsenal defeat

Published: Tuesday 14 May 2013, 22.53CET
Wigan Athletic FC's eight-year stay in the Premier League is over after a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal FC, who climbed back into fourth, while Manchester City FC ousted Reading FC 2-0.
Wigan relegated with Arsenal defeat
Lukas Podolski, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker celebrate a goal in north London tonight ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 14 May 2013, 22.53CET

Wigan relegated with Arsenal defeat

Wigan Athletic FC's eight-year stay in the Premier League is over after a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal FC, who climbed back into fourth, while Manchester City FC ousted Reading FC 2-0.

Wigan Athletic FC have been relegated after losing 4-1 at Arsenal FC, who reclaimed fourth spot, while Manchester City FC overcame Reading FC 2-0.

The visitors from Lancashire, buoyed by a historic FA Cup final triumph on Saturday, knew defeat would spell the end of their eight-year stay in England's elite division. The mood was ominous when Lukas Podolski headed in a Santi Cazorla corner after 11 minutes as Wigan's concentration flickered. Arsenal, struggling to find their rhythm, nevertheless looked in little danger of conceding until Shaun Maloney's delicious 25-metre free-kick made Wojciech Szczęsny's net bulge.

Arouna Koné combined with Callum McManaman after the break, but Szczęsny repelled the Ivorian's driven effort. Visiting goalkeeper Joel then denied Podolski after Theo Walcott's silky run and cross, but was helpless to prevent the England winger turning in Cazorla's centre soon after. Wigan's fate was sealed with quickfire strikes from Podolski and Aaron Ramsey, lifting the Gunners a point above Tottenham Hotspur FC with one game to play.

Meanwhile, City began life without Roberto Mancini – dismissed as manager on Monday – with a comfortable win at relegated Reading. The deposed champions dominated for long periods and were rewarded for their supremacy when Sergio Agüero finished off a sweeping team move five minutes before half-time. Edin Džeko made it two, collecting David Silva's pass and slotting beyond Alex McCarthy.

Last updated: 14/05/13 23.07CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 15/05/2013 14:14 CET

14/05/2013

ReadingReading0-2Man. CityMan. City

Agüero 40, Džeko 88

Venue: Reading

14/05/2013

ArsenalArsenal4-1WiganWigan

Podolski 11, 68, Walcott 63, Ramsey 71

Maloney 45

Venue: London

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