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Wigan relegated from Premier League, Arsenal go fourth

It’s the end of the road for James McCarthy and his Wigan team-mates.

Updated: 21.50

FA CUP WINNERS Wigan have been relegated from the Premier League after a 4-1 defeat to Arsenal tonight.

Roberto Martinez’s side were brought swiftly back down to earth by goals from Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey after the elation of beating Manchester City in Saturday’s Wembley showpiece.

The Lancashire club needed to get at least a point to give them the faintest chance of survival, but defeat leaves them four points adrift of 17th-placed Sunderland with just one game left in the Premier League season.

After winning the FA Cup, Wigan’s fixture list will be a packed one next season as they combine a 46-game Championship campaign with a run in the UEFA Europa League.

The disappointment is also likely to strengthen speculation surrounding Martinez, with the Spanish tactician reportedly being lined up to replace the Manchester United-bound David Moyes at Everton.

Here’s Podolski’s opener:

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But moments before the half-time whistle, Shaun Maloney levelled it up after the Latics were controversially awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box.

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Ireland striker James McCarthy had the ball in the Arsenal net was adjudged to have been offside before Theo Walcott bundled in a cross to put a nervy-looking home side ahead.

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Minutes later Podolski bagged his second before Aaron Ramsey made it 4-1 after 71 minutes.

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