Franco Di Santo is excited ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash against his former club Chelsea, and hopes that reigniting his strike partnership with Arouna Kone will help Latics take a much needed result from Stamford Bridge.
The duo have struck a real chord on the pitch since Kone arrived in the summer, after a month away from the team on international duty with Ivory Coast, Di Santo is looking forward to teaming up with the 29-year-old once more, saying:
“It’s amazing to have him back; everyone has seen that we link up well together on the pitch and I really enjoy playing alongside him.
“Hopefully we can do that again this weekend and score the goals that will get a result.”
Di Santo spent two years as a Chelsea player after arriving in England back in 2008, joining Blackburn Rovers on loan in 2009 before joining Latics a year later, and explained how excited he is to be returning to his former stomping ground:
He said: “It’s a fixture I always look forward to at the beginning of the season, and a special moment to go back and play my football there.
“I have happy memories of my time at Stamford Bridge, but I’m a Wigan Athletic player now and all my focus will be going on what I can do for my team this weekend.
“I came close to scoring there last season, but my shot was cleared off the line. Hopefully I can go one step further this time and help my team win the game, because we need it.
“Everyone, including ourselves, knows how big a club Chelsea is and that this will be a difficult game, but we’re positive and will give everything to try and get a result which would be very important for us.
“Confidence is still very high in the squad and I think a result this weekend could not only move us out of the relegation zone, but raise spirits even higher in the second-half of the season.”