Wonderful Wigan stun awful Arsenal

Arsenal 1 Wigan 2

Vermaelen 21; Di Santo 7, Gomez 8

Wigan proved that last week’s win over Manchester United was no one-hit wonder as they punched two holes in Arsenal‘s fragile defence in the space of a minute and deservedly held on to record a crucial win which lifts them five points clear of the relegation zone. Defeat left Arsenal five points clear of both Spurs and Newcastle, but having now played a game more, as they missed a golden opportunity to tighten their stranglehold on the third automatic Champions League spot.

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The week in numbers: w/e 28/8/11

1England‘s Test world ranking after the 4-0 series whitewash of India. They were ranked just fifth in the world 12 months ago.

Bresnan - a talisman?

10 – England have now won all 10 Test matches in which Tim Bresnan has played. In those 10 matches he has taken 41 wickets and averaged 45 with the bat.

4 – For the first time in its 66-race history, cycling’s Vuelta a España had four different wearers of the race leader’s red jersey in its first four stages.

4 – Number of Premier League teams who were knocked out of the Carling Cup by lower league opposition: Sunderland, Norwich, QPR and Swansea.

8England have all eight of their Champions League and Europa League teams still in their respective competitions. They are the only country to still have all their entrants intact.

0 – By contrast, for the first time since European club competitions began in 1955, there will be no teams from Scotland left on September 1.

14Arsenal‘s 2-1 win at Udinese (3-1 on aggregate) marked their 14th successive qualification for the main Champions League tournament. Only Manchester United (16) and Real Madrid (15) have longer active streaks.

10Arsenal‘s victory meant they have won all 10 of their matches in Champions League qualifiers – five home wins, five away wins.

Chanderpaul outscored the entire Yorkshire team

193 – Runs scored by Warwickshire’s Shivnarine Chanderpaul in their innings and 58 run victory over Yorkshire at Headingley. The hosts could manage only 127 as an entire team in their second innings.

4 – The England football team’s latest FIFA ranking, up two places from sixth. They are now ranked higher than Brazil, Argentina, Italy and Portugal. (No, I don’t understand it either.)

12 Sebastian Vettel‘s ninth pole position of 2011 at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps means that Red Bull have now claimed the front spot on the grid at all 12 races this season.

92Vettel won the race – his seventh win in 12 grands prix in 2011 – to extend his championship lead to 92 points. There are a maximum of 175 still available in the remaining seven races.

6Kenyan athletes finished 1-2-3 in the only two finals on day one of the IAAF Athletics World Championships in Daegu to sweep the medals in the women’s marathon and 10,000 metres.

21 – After world record holder Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start in the men’s 100 metres final, Yohan Blake became the youngest ever men’s world 100m champion at 21. However, his time of 9.92s had been bettered 15 times in previous World Championship finals.

8 – A Rachel Yankey double for Arsenal Ladies set up a 3-1 win at Liverpool to clinch the inaugural Women’s Super League. It is their eighth league title in a row, their 13th overall since 1993, and completed their eighth league and FA Cup double.

The Premier league in numbers

49 – There was a total of 49 shots in Manchester United‘s 3-0 over Tottenham on Monday night. The last game to see more efforts on goal was United vs Sunderland in April 2006, which had 50.

Di Santo scored as many goals against QPR as he had in his first 57 league games

2 – Goals scored by Franco Di Santo in Wigan’s 2-0 win over QPR. He had scored two goals in his previous 57 Premier League matches.

3Blackburn missed two penalties in their 1-0 home defeat by Everton, their third defeat in a row this season. The last time they their opening three top-flight games was in the 1947/48 season – also including defeats to Wolves and Everton – at the end of which they were relegated.

10 – Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Bolton was their tenth consecutive top-flight win against these opponents, equalling the club record (also ten in a row versus Derby, 1977-97).

62 Chelsea‘s 3-1 win over Norwich was their 62nd league consecutive game undefeated against a promoted side.

101Juan Mata‘s debut goal for Chelsea came in the 101st minute of the match.

Džeko bagged four goals at White Hart Lane

4Edin Džeko became the first player to score four times in a Premier League game this season in Manchester City’s 5-1 win at Tottenham. He had scored just three times in his previous 17 league appearances for the club.

10 – West Bromwich Albion‘s 1-0 defeat meant they have failed to beat Stoke in their last ten meetings.

115Arsenal‘s 8-2 defeat by Manchester United marked only the second time they had conceded eight times in a league game. The previous occasion came in 1896, 115 years ago, an 8-0 defeat against Loughborough in the old second division.

3Carl Jenkinson‘s red card meant Arsenal became the first Premier League side to have players sent off in each of their first three games. (Gervinho was dismissed at Newcastle, with Emmanuel Frimpong seeing red against Liverpool. Alex Song also received a retrospective ban after the Newcastle game.)

3 – Only three Premier League teams are undefeated in both the first three games of both this and last season. Manchester United and Chelsea are two – Wolves are the other after their 0-0 draw at Aston Villa.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, StatManJon and Infostrada.)

There will be no ‘Week in numbers’ next week as I am on holiday. Normal service will be resumed the week after.

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