Three goals in eight dramatic minutes grabbed all three points for Arsenal in this decisive fixture on Tuesday.

It was a frantic spell between the 63rd and 71st minute which swung the pendulum marginally Arsenal’s way in that long race for a top four spot ahead of Sunday’s final day of the campaign.

The outcome – which relegated Wigan – was emphatic in the end, but after Shaun Maloney’s brilliant free-kick had canceled out Podolski’s early opener just a minute before the break, there were more questions than answers for the Gunners during half-time.

To their credit, Wenger’s men along with their opponents returned for the second-half with more fire about them as this contest became a wide open affair. But Wigan suddenly surrendered this battle when Walcott bundled home a cross from Cazorla to make it 2-1 before the Spaniard turned provider again for Podolksi to coolly score a third five minutes later.

Then came the icing on the cake from Ramsey who chose today to score his first Premier League goal of the season by racing onto a through pass and whipping the ball beyond the goalkeeper.

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