Wigan were denied penalty appeals in the second half.
A lone goal from the penalty spot by Mikel Arteta was all Arsenal needed to get all three points away from home in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
It was Theo Walcot that was brought down before Arteta stepped out in the 60th minute to calmly slot in the goal.
But the Gunners lived dangerously for most of the second half, as Wigan looked the most enterprising side, and should have been awarded a 91st minute penalty.
Some Wigan fans would feel slightly victimised as referee Jon Moss, who came into the tie with a reputation for awarding home ties penalties, failed to heed two late calls, as Wigan pressed for the equaliser.
And the north-west team would kick themselves as they created a host of chances late on, but lack of composure and poor finishing in front of goal robbed them of a much needed equaliser
The Gunners thus followed up their impressive win against Reading with yet again another victory to temporarily move to third place on the log having garnered 30 points from 18 games.
On their part, Wigan, who used to have Victor Moses with them, now remain rooted in the relegation zone as the busy festive period beckons for Coach Martinez and his wards.
While Arsenal will be pleased they got all points on offer, both teams will look at the myriad of chances that came their way but could not be converted to goals.