Forever the scourge of Manchester City’s FA Cup dreams, Wigan’s heroics at the Etihad forged a semi-final date with Arsenal, who could well be the next to be swept aside as the Latics target trophy retention.
They’re currently 9/1 third favourites to win the competition for the second successive season and there are ample reasons to suggest that they can complete an historic double triumph.
No non-London based outfit has defended the crown since Newcastle in the 1951/52 vintage and no team from the north west – the region that brought you such fat cats as Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United and City – has managed the feat in this century or the last.
The nation’s favourite underdog, though, are going to give this streak the heave-ho in another act of bookie boot-licking that’s become synonymous with the club from their Premier League days.
Here’s why they’re going to do it:
A total of 12 sides have tried to beat them in FA Cup action and every one of them has failed.
Promotion from the Championship may be priority number one, but the Latics have still found time to vanquish three top-flight foes in this season’s competition, two of which – Cardiff and Man City – they didn’t even require home advantage to see off.
Uwe Rosler’s men have a respectable record against Arsenal, avoiding defeat in three of their last eight meetings.
While this isn’t exactly earth-shattering, for a team that was perennially battling the top-tier chop, these figures are noteworthy.
They also contain a shock 2-1 win at the Emirates, which all but ensured survival in the 2011/12 campaign.
The Gunners are prone to hash ups when cups are almost handed to them.
Or so their catastrophic Capital One Cup nightmare from 2010/11 suggests.
With only Ipswich, West Ham and Birmingham left in the competition at the semi-final stage, the north Londoners practically had their name carved on the trophy, only for a collision with the final fence to hand the cup to the Blues.
If Wigan are good enough to beat Man City away (where Arsenal lost 6-3 earlier in the season), they’re definitely capable of slaying Arsene Wenger’s side.