Roberto plays get out of jail card

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ROBERTO Martinez hailed his Wigan Athletic side for getting Charles N’Zogbia “out of jail” with a late equaliser against Arsenal.

With 11 minutes to go and Latics trailing 2-1, the Frenchman was red-carded for putting his forehead into the face of Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere.

But Latics dug deep and somehow found a late leveller, Sebastian Squillaci heading into his own goal under huge pressure from Gary Caldwell, and honours ended even.

Martinez confirmed he will deal with N’Zogbia internally for his “unacceptable” show of petulance, which will see him suspended for Wigan’s next three games starting with Sunday’s visit of his former club Newcastle.

“We got away with it today, because football is a team game and his team-mates helped get him out of jail,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“It was a difficult game for Charles, because he was getting very rough treatment from the Arsenal players, but that is no excuse and he let the whole team down.

“We’ll deal with the situation internally, but for now I’d rather look at the positives – such as beating Arsenal in the second half with 10 men.”