Wigan to follow Everton example against Arsenal – Rosler

The Latics boss says that Roberto Martinez – a former boss of the Championship team – was impressive in marshalling the Toffees to a 3-0 Premier League win over the Gunners

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler has hinted that his team may replicate Everton’s tactics in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

The Toffees pulled Arsene Wenger’s side apart to win 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday, with a former Latics boss – Roberto Martinez – setting the Merseyside club up for victory.

Rosler has repeatedly praised Martinez for his impact on Wigan and the 45-year-old German reckons that his predecessor may have given him another tip ahead of the Championship club’s last-four tie against the north Londoners at Wembley.

“I like Roberto,” Rosler told reporters on Friday. “We had dinner soon after I came here. He is a very friendly, very helpful man.

“I like to soak up as much information as I can and he is one of the top managers.

“I’ve studied him very much [and] wasn’t surprised he found a tactic to cause Arsene Wenger problems. I was very impressed with how good Everton were at the beginning of the game without the ball – to break the rhythm, to deny them space, to counterattack quickly.

“I was also impressed by how disciplined they were. They got their rewards. It was good for a young manager to see.”

Wigan lifted the FA Cup last season and have already eliminated three Premier League clubs – Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Manchester City – on their way to this year’s semi-finals, while Hull City or League One side Sheffield United will await the winners of Saturday’s game.

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