Di Santo - It’s not over yet

Franco Di Santo gives Wigan the lead at Arsenal
Franco Di Santo gives Wigan the lead at Arsenal

FRANCO di Santo has challenged Wigan Athletic to finish the job after catapulting themselves to the brink of Premier League survival.

Back-to-back wins over Manchester United and Arsenal have lifted Latics to 34 points – and five points clear of the bottom three with four matches to play.

Victory over mid-table Fulham this weekend could virtually secure an eighth successive campaign of top-flight football.

But Di Santo, who scored the opening goal at the Emirates on Monday night, told the Observer: “We’ve given ourselves some breathing space at the bottom, but it’s not over yet.”

He added: “Three wins would be enough, maybe less, but we don’t want to let our standards slip now.

“The way we’ve played in recent weeks, and the teams we’ve beaten, we’re good enough to finish with four wins.”

Di Santo’s strike, his fifth of the campaign, means he remains Wigan’s joint-top goalscorer along with Jordi Gomez, who added number two.

But the Argentine insisted personal accomplishments pale into insignificance compared to the team achieving its overall goal.

“It was great to score but it’s all about the three points – that’s the only thing that matters,” he added.

“The last two games have been amazing, but the most important thing is the points we’ve won and the way the league table looks now.

“We went to Arsenal to win, we knew it would be tough but we had enough confidence generated by the last 10 games to know we can match anyone.

“We believe in what we’ve been doing, we got off to the perfect start and fortunately we were able to see it through.”

Di Santo limped away from the Emirates, but confirmed it was “just cramp”.