Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his players not to assume victory will come easy against Wigan.
The Gunners head to the DW Stadium having climbed the Barclays Premier League table on the back of five wins and a draw but Wenger insists victory cannot be taken for granted at a venue which has proved a tough hunting ground in the past.
"They are not [formalities]. The last couple of seasons, they have come back twice, where Wigan showed spirit and quality," said Wenger. "Their pitch has always been quite difficult in winter but let's hope this time it will be all right.
"They play good football so it's always a difficult game for us. This year we have no choice - we want to win to take the three points. Wigan will be good opposition again. For us we just need to focus on our performance and try to win the game."