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Cup winners Wigan relegated after Arsenal loss

Published on May 15, 2013 5:52 AM
Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny (left) and Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (right) defend their goal post from Wigan Athletic's Arouna Kone (centre) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wigan Athletic at The Emirates Stadium in London on May 14, 2013.-- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Wigan Athletic became the first team to be relegated from England's top flight in the same season as winning the FA Cup after they lost 4-1 at Arsenal, with Lukas Podolski scoring twice, in the Premier League on Tuesday.

The victory keeps Arsenal in pole position to claim fourth spot and a place in next year's Champions League. They lead north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, in fifth spot, by one point with the last round of games to be played on Sunday.

Wigan have narrowly escaped relegation several times in recent seasons but their luck ran out at a rain-sodden Emirates Stadium just three days after they had beaten Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup for the first time.

"I never expected this to happen, this group of players don't deserve this," said Wigan manager Roberto Martinez. "Winning the FA Cup was incredible but this is a tough, tough day for the club."

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