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  • Date:01 Jan 2014
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,004
  • Bendtner (87) Bendtner (87)
    Walcott (90) Walcott (90)
Goal!

Live Commentary

95mins

Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.

94mins

The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

94mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Rosicky on Declan John.

93mins

Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.

92mins

Theo Walcott slots the ball right footed into the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff.Assist by Jack Wilshere.

91mins

Per Mertesacker fouled by Nicky Maynard, the ref awards a free kick.

90mins

The ball is swung over by Craig Noone.

90mins

Nicklas Bendtner leaves the field to be replaced by Thomas Vermaelen.

88mins

Nicklas Bendtner scores a right footed goal. Arsenal 1-0 Cardiff.

88mins

Nacho Monreal produces a cross.

87mins

Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.

87mins

Bo-Kyung Kim challenges Laurent Koscielny unfairly and gives away a free kick.

87mins

Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

86mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

85mins

Santi Cazorla takes a shot. David Marshall safely holds on.

84mins

Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the right by-line.

83mins

David Marshall makes a clearance.

83mins

Clearance made by Aron Gunnarsson.

82mins

Nicklas Bendtner delivers the ball.

82mins

Santi Cazorla has an effort at goal. Blocked by Aron Gunnarsson.

81mins

Clearance made by Jack Wilshere.

81mins

Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line.

81mins

Nicky Maynard takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.

80mins

Shot by Bo-Kyung Kim went wide of the left-hand upright.

79mins

The ball is delivered by Tomas Rosicky.

77mins

Bacary Sagna delivers the ball.

76mins

Bo-Kyung Kim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker.

75mins

Craig Noone challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick.

72mins

Santi Cazorla makes a clearance.

72mins

Mikel Arteta manages to make a clearance.

70mins

Jack Wilshere takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

70mins

Clearance made by Bo-Kyung Kim.

69mins

Clearance by Declan John.

68mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Theo Walcott.

68mins

A cross is delivered by Nacho Monreal.

68mins

Don Cowie comes on in place of Jordon Mutch.

67mins

Nicklas Bendtner gets a header at goal. Ben Turner gets a block in.

67mins

Corner taken by Theo Walcott.

65mins

Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

65mins

Tomas Rosicky is brought on as a substitute for Mathieu Flamini.

64mins

Nicklas Bendtner is brought on as a substitute for Lukas Podolski.

64mins

Jack Wilshere takes a fantastic shot and bounces off the post.

63mins

A cross is delivered by Theo Walcott.

61mins

Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line.

61mins

Gary Medel leaves the field to be replaced by Aron Gunnarsson.

60mins

David Marshall goes into the referee's book.

59mins

Mikel Arteta challenges Jordon Mutch unfairly and gives away a free kick.

58mins

Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Gary Medel results in a free kick.

57mins

Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line.

56mins

Gary Medel makes a clearance.

56mins

Corner taken by Santi Cazorla.

55mins

Ben Turner goes into the book.

55mins

Ben Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott.

54mins

Nacho Monreal manages to make a clearance.

54mins

Craig Noone crosses the ball.

53mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot. David Marshall blocks the ball.

53mins

Lukas Podolski takes a shot. Steven Caulker gets a block in.

51mins

Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line.

51mins

Centre by Lukas Podolski.

50mins

Bacary Sagna takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

50mins

Nacho Monreal delivers the ball.

47mins

Jordon Mutch has an effort at goal. Blocked by Mathieu Flamini.

47mins

The second half has started.

47mins

The referee calls an end to the first half.

47mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Theo Walcott.

46mins

Clearance by Ben Turner.

45mins

Lukas Podolski manages to make a clearance.

45mins

Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.

44mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mathieu Flamini on Fraizer Campbell.

43mins

Santi Cazorla takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

42mins

Centre by Jack Wilshere.

40mins

Nacho Monreal manages to make a clearance.

40mins

Jordon Mutch takes a shot. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in.

39mins

Ben Turner makes a clearance.

35mins

Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.

35mins

Clearance by Mathieu Flamini.

34mins

The ball is delivered by Nacho Monreal.

34mins

Foul by Theo Walcott on Ben Turner, free kick awarded.

34mins

Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caulker.

33mins

Mathieu Flamini manages to make a clearance.

33mins

Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

31mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Jordon Mutch.

30mins

Per Mertesacker is booked.

30mins

Wojciech Szczesny fouled by Fraizer Campbell, the ref awards a free kick.

29mins

Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.

29mins

A cross is delivered by Craig Noone.

28mins

Craig Noone makes a clearance.

28mins

Shot by Santi Cazorla missed to the left of goal.

27mins

Bacary Sagna crosses the ball.

26mins

Clearance by Per Mertesacker.

26mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot and cleared the bar.

24mins

Nacho Monreal restarts play with the free kick.

24mins

Mathieu Flamini fouled by Jordon Mutch, the ref awards a free kick.

24mins

Clearance by Nacho Monreal.

17mins

Nacho Monreal crosses the ball.

16mins

Strike comes in from Bacary Sagna from the free kick. Blocked by Peter Whittingham.

15mins

Gary Medel concedes a free kick for a foul on Mathieu Flamini.

14mins

Mathieu Flamini makes a clearance.

13mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

13mins

Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.

11mins

Mathieu Flamini makes a clearance.

10mins

The referee blows for offside against Ben Turner.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordon Mutch by Santi Cazorla.

9mins

David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

8mins

Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

8mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lukas Podolski by Jordon Mutch.

5mins

Free kick taken by David Marshall.

4mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Theo Walcott.

3mins

Mikel Arteta concedes a free kick for a foul on Bo-Kyung Kim.

The match begins.

Match Preview

Gunners without Giroud and Gibbs Manager Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal are "on alert" for a "special" forward addition as the transfer window opens, but stressed the club are not looking to replace lead man Olivier Giroud. The Gunners head into 2014 top of the Barclays Premier League by just a single point from Manchester City, but will host Cardiff on New Year's Day without Giroud, who has an ankle problem, and full-back Kieran Gibbs (calf). However, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere are all understood to have shrugged off minor injury concerns and so will be available for selection. While Wenger is confident his squad does have the needed strength in depth to finally last the distance in the title race, the Arsenal manager maintains anyone who is brought in will have to be the right calibre of player - with Atletico Madrid frontman Diego Costa one reported January target. "We are like many clubs, certainly (we are) on alert," Wenger said. "If something special turns up we will not turn it down, but we are not as well desperate because we have a big depth in our squad. "We have shown that because our midfield at West Ham and at Newcastle was completely different, we changed three players and we still managed to have a very strong team." Wenger continued: "I am quite confident with our squad. "As has been mentioned, maybe up front we are a bit shorter with specialised people because most of the big clubs have three specialised central strikers, we have only two because (Yaya) Sanogo is not ready yet, so maybe if that something special opportunity turns up, we will not turn it down, but everywhere else we are in no need at all (to buy)." Giroud's second-half header secured victory at Newcastle to end his mini-goal drought. Arsenal hope Giroud's lay-off will not prove significant, with the forward having already targetted a return against Tottenham in the FA Cup third-round clash this weekend. Full-back Kieran Gibbs (calf) is sidelined, while midfielder Aaron Ramsey (thigh) will be out for around three weeks and the full extent of German playmaker Mesut Ozil's shoulder problem is still being assessed, so the news several other key men were able to train on Tuesday will have come a timely boost. Lukas Podolski, who scored on his return from a four-month injury lay-off at Upton Park, or Nicklas Bendtner are likely to lead the attack in Giroud's absence. Cardiff still hope to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new manager, despite reports the former Manchester United forward has turned down the Welsh club. Solskjaer, in charge of Norwegian club Molde, was instantly installed as favourite to take over at Cardiff City Stadium when Malky Mackay was sacked on Friday following a series of disputes with owner Vincent Tan. Chairman Mehmet Dalman has stated he has one candidate in mind and refused to deny he had held discussions with Solskjaer, saying: " I might have and I might not have". There have been suggestions Solksjaer has turned down Dalman's overtures, but Press Association Sport understands Solskjaer has yet to reject the chance to take over in the Welsh capital, and that Dalman hopes the promise of funds to spend in January and assurances regarding the working structure at the club will convince the 40-year-old to make the move to the Premier League. With Dalman's recruitment hunt ongoing, Mackay's assistant David Kerslake and first-team coach Joe McBride remain in charge of the Bluebirds for the daunting New Year's Day trip to leaders Arsenal. Kerslake insists he knows nothing about the ongoing hunt for a new manager, but has called on the club's fans to get behind the next boss. "The new manager will have to have a big personality," he said. "They are big boots that Malky has left. But I am sure the owner and the board of directors will select correctly. "It is certainly going to take them into a new direction and the supporters need to get on board and support whatever they do." Taking a side to the Emirates in the Premier League should rank as one of the biggest days in Kerslake's career but he admits it will feel slightly surreal as he considers Cardiff to still be Mackay's side. He said: "I don't feel it is my side. I am going there and doing the job the club have asked me to do. Of course it is the Premier League, a great stadium and something I am looking forward to." Cardiff will at least avoid coming up against Aaron Ramsey. The Wales midfielder scored twice in a 3-0 Arsenal win when the sides met in Wales but has been ruled out with a thigh problem.

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 451Manager: Malky Mackay

Cardiff

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Theo Walcott
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Santi Cazorla
  • Lukas Podolski
  • SUBS
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Nicklas Bendtner
  • Carl Jenkinson
  • Ryo Miyaichi
  • Serge Gnabry

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Match Report

Form Guide

    WDLDWW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Cardiff
  • DLWLLD

Last Meetings

  • Cardiff
  • 0 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 30/11/2013
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 1
  • Cardiff
  • 17/03/1962
  • Cardiff
  • 1 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 28/10/1961
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 3
  • Cardiff
  • 11/02/1961
  • Cardiff
  • 1 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 24/09/1960
  • Cardiff
  • 2 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 15/12/1956

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • A Ramsey 8
  • O Giroud 7
  • T Walcott 4
  • M Ozil 4
  • L Podolski 3
  • P Mertesacker 2
  • J Wilshere 2
  • B Sagna 1
  • SG Cazorla 1
  • M Flamini 1
  • N Bendtner 1
  • S Gnabry 1

Cardiff

  • F Campbell 4
  • J Mutch 4
  • P Whittingham 2
  • S Caulker 2
  • PO Odemwingie 1
  • AE Gunnarsson 1
  • B Kim 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 55
    • Goals per game 37
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Cardiff

    • Total goals 33
    • Goals per game 15
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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