Cleverley, Giroud & more: Twitter reacts as Arsenal relegate Wigan

Tom Cleverley and Olivier Giroud both tweet their thoughts after Arsenal's 4-1 victory relegates Wigan Athletic to the Championship

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Tom Cleverley spent the 2010/11 campaign on loan at Wigan Photo: Adidas

Wigan Athletic were relegated to the Championship after a 4-1 loss to Arsenal at The Emirates on Tuesday night.

Lukas Podolski made the early breakthrough before Shaun Maloney equalised for the FA Cup winners in north London.

But Podolski, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey all netted in the second half to wrap up a vital three points for the Gunners, who moved back into fourth place.

Here is a selection of our favourite tweets from the professionals, past and present and in chronological order, following Arsenal’s win and Wigan’s relegation.

Marseille midfielder Joseph Barton ‏(@Joey7Barton) reckons that could be it for Wigan as Podolski scores the opener: “Wigan up against it. Curtains for them in the Premier League me thinks…”

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley ‏(@tomclevz23) is impressed with their leveller: “Maloney has got that one in the bag!”

His team-mate Rio Ferdinand ‏(@rioferdy5) is enjoying seeing Arsenal’s celebrity fan suffer: “Wow, Wigan are going for this! @piersmorgan won’t have any fingernails at this rate! If Wigan played all season the way they have in the past two seasons at this stage they’d be a force!”

Leicester defender Sean St Ledger ‏(@seanstledger12) wouldn’t fancy coming up against Walcott in this form: “Walcott is a man possessed tonight!”

Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel ‏(@Pschmeichel1) can’t see plucky Wigan coming back from this: “That’s gotta be it, surely Wigan can’t come back from 4-1 down. Defending was really poor, again…”

Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel ‏(@GerryTremmel) is sad to see the Latics go down: “That’s it for Wigan. Hope they come back soon to the prem. #playinggoodfootball”

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud ‏(@_OlivierGiroud_) is thrilled to see the Gunners win: “Yessssss gooners!!!! Ramsey/Santi!!!”

Former Sunderland midfielder Michael Gray ‏(@mickygray33) urges the manager and owner to act this summer: “Right Mr Di Canio and Mr Short… Time for big changes in the transfer window.. Don’t want to be in this position again!!! #premierleague”

Arsenal legend Ian Wright (‏@IanWright0) is a hardcore fan: “Short sleeve shirt and gloves in the rain!”

Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) thanks the fans: “Another massive win! 1 more 2 go! Great atmosphere 2night, ur support has been outstanding all season! Thanks very much to u all! #comeonarsenal”

Aston Villa midfielder Andreas Weimann ‏(@andiweimann) is understandably delighted: “Four words !!!! WE ARE STAYING UP!!!! #utv”

England legend Gary Lineker (‏@GaryLineker) reassures supporters of other relegation-threatened sides that it’s safe to look: “You can come out from behind the sofa, fans of Villa and Sunderland. Look forward to seeing you, once again, on #MOTD next season.”

Former Crystal Palace man Mark Bright ‏(@Mark__Bright) reckons the FA Cup win will act as compensation: “Sad to see Wigan take the drop, but I’d rather win the FA Cup then say I survived relegation three years in a row, they will bounce back. #goodluck”

Finally, Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner ‏(@CraigGards8) thanks the Black Cats fans for their support: “Absolutely buzzing but gutted for Wigan. Top team and cup winners, been there with the blues – horrible feeling #hawaythelads #kro buzzzzzing I’d like to thank every single Sunderland fan for their support this season, you have all been amazing. Sorry it went like this but we’re safe and we will be better and stronger next year #hawaythelads thank you!”

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