James Perch targets Arsenal upset with Wigan Athletic
Man City 1 Wigan 2: James Perch targets Arsenal scalp after helping the FA Cup holders beat the Citizens
James Perch is hoping Wigan Athletic can spring a surprise against Arsenal in their FA Cup semi-final after their shock win over Manchester City.
Jordi Gomez put the Latics ahead from the penalty spot in the first half, and Perch scored a second after half-time with a close-range finish.
Hopefully we can prove a few people wrong again in the semi-final against Arsenal
Manuel Pellegrini’s City pulled one back through Samir Nasri in the 68th minute but could not conjure an equaliser.
The shock win set up a Wembley showdown with the Gunners next month – and Perch is convinced that the holders have what it takes to reach their second consecutive final.
“Personally, there’s nothing better than coming to play a place like Man City and scoring what turned out to be the winning goal,” Perch told BT Sport.
“Hopefully we can prove a few people wrong again in the semi-final against Arsenal.”
Perch added: “It was the game plan we had worked on all week, but it’s the FA Cup – you don’t need to gee people up for this.
“We pressed them high, got in their faces and they didn’t like it. Anything is possible now, not many teams come to Etihad and win and the lads were superb.
“The manager has come in and results have picked up in the league and picked up in the FA Cup.”