|Time's up: Wigan will play their football in the npower Championship from next season|
|Lukas Podolski scores Arsenal's third of the evening to put the result out of Wigan's reach|
This was the reality check to end them all. No team had won the FA Cup and been relegated in the same season. This was history, but not the type any club want against their name.
|Maloney equalised for the away side on the stroke of half-time with this free-kick|
This was a huge result for the home side, too, remember. Arsenal now need to beat Newcastle on Sunday to guarantee Champions League football and inflict further pain on bitter rivals Tottenham, who will then be pegged in fifth place, no matter their result against Sunderland.
A draw would leave Arsenal vulnerable, but this victory was emphatic and the determination on display bodes well. Theo Walcott, in particular, looked hungry to make a point about his capabilities when a goal was needed, and Santi Cazorla had an outstanding match. Knowing what needs to be done, they should have enough for Newcastle.
|Theo Walcott put Arsenal back in front|
They see good football, though, and there was plenty of it on display in the second half here, once Arsenal woke up to the consequences of two points shared. It wouldn’t have saved Wigan, but it would have put a serious dent in Arsenal’s Champions League chances, leaving Tottenham to claim fourth place with a home win over Sunderland. Arsenal had 30 minutes to save their season and did so, in style.
Anyone seeing Wigan for the first time in the FA Cup final would be perplexed that they could still be battling relegation. Equally, anyone pitching up at the Emirates in blissful ignorance would be mystified that these players could keep a clean sheet against anybody, let alone Manchester City.
|Rain on their parade: Joel Robles is consoled by Ali Al-Habsi as Wigan are relegated|