Arsenal went one up in the 10th minute. An inspired free kick from Shaun Maloney got Wigan back in the game. But Arsenal came back with three more in quick succession - it ended 4.1
And Wigan - the team that won the FA Cup with such passion - are out of the Premier League.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez will select from the same FA Cup-winning squad he took to Wembley when he returns to London to face Arsenal tomorrow.
The Latics boss is concerned about fatigue after a physically draining final at Wembley and could freshen up the starting line-up.
Provisional squad: Robles, Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner, Gomez, Watson, Espinoza, McArthur, McCarthy, Maloney, Kone, McManaman, Al Habsi, Henriquez, Golobart, Caldwell, Di Santo, Fyvie
FA Cup winners Wigan have put plans for a victory celebration on hold until their Premier League fate is decided.
The Latics beat Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley to lift their first major trophy but face Arsenal tomorrow for their penultimate match of the season
It would see them relegated should they lose.
"The club can confirm plans for a civic ceremony to celebrate the historic FA Cup Final victory have to be put on hold until the situation in the league becomes clear," said a club statement.
"An announcement will be made as soon as any further news is available.
"The club would like to take this opportunity of thanking the incredible support shown by all the fans who travelled to Wembley, plus the great support of Wigan Council and the people of Wigan and we will keep everyone informed."