Gunners to blast away

LONDON - With Manchester United and Chelsea involved in FA Cup action this weekend, Arsenal have the opportunity to increase their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points on Sunday as they face lowly Wigan.

LONDON - With Manchester United and Chelsea involved in FA Cup action this weekend, Arsenal have the opportunity to increase their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points on Sunday as they face lowly Wigan.

Wigan have taken four points from their last two games without conceding a goal to boost their hopes of avoiding the drop, but Arsenal's confidence could hardly be higher after their majestic 2-0 Champions League victory at holders AC Milan on Tuesday.

"Other teams know if they let us play, we can be very dangerous," said Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

"They close us down and defend, we have to try not to make mistakes and just play our own football.

"The spirit of the team is amazing, and we have to keep going."

The injury news is brighter for Arsenal, with midfielder Tomas Rosicky and forward Robin van Persie both in contention for a game at the JJB Stadium.

The main league focus at the weekend, though, is at the bottom, where the battle against relegation has become impossibly tight, with four points separating seven teams.

Newcastle United , who have not won in the league since December 15, travel to Liverpool without midfielder Joey Barton, who is banned from entering Merseyside by court order following allegations of assault in Liverpool city centre between Christmas and New Year. - Sapa-DPA

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