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Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows the whistle to end the game.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Rosicky on Declan John.
Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.
Theo Walcott slots the ball right footed into the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff.Assist by Jack Wilshere.
Per Mertesacker fouled by Nicky Maynard, the ref awards a free kick.
The ball is swung over by Craig Noone.
Nicklas Bendtner leaves the field to be replaced by Thomas Vermaelen.
Nicklas Bendtner scores a right footed goal. Arsenal 1-0 Cardiff.
Nacho Monreal produces a cross.
Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
Bo-Kyung Kim challenges Laurent Koscielny unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
Theo Walcott takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. David Marshall safely holds on.
Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the right by-line.
David Marshall makes a clearance.
Clearance made by Aron Gunnarsson.
Nicklas Bendtner delivers the ball.
Santi Cazorla has an effort at goal. Blocked by Aron Gunnarsson.
Clearance made by Jack Wilshere.
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line.
Nicky Maynard takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.
Shot by Bo-Kyung Kim went wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is delivered by Tomas Rosicky.
Bacary Sagna delivers the ball.
Bo-Kyung Kim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker.
Craig Noone challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Santi Cazorla makes a clearance.
Mikel Arteta manages to make a clearance.
Jack Wilshere takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
Clearance made by Bo-Kyung Kim.
Clearance by Declan John.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Theo Walcott.
A cross is delivered by Nacho Monreal.
Don Cowie comes on in place of Jordon Mutch.
Nicklas Bendtner gets a header at goal. Ben Turner gets a block in.
Corner taken by Theo Walcott.
Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
Tomas Rosicky is brought on as a substitute for Mathieu Flamini.
Nicklas Bendtner is brought on as a substitute for Lukas Podolski.
Jack Wilshere takes a fantastic shot and bounces off the post.
A cross is delivered by Theo Walcott.
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line.
Gary Medel leaves the field to be replaced by Aron Gunnarsson.
David Marshall goes into the referee's book.
Mikel Arteta challenges Jordon Mutch unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Gary Medel results in a free kick.
Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line.
Gary Medel makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Santi Cazorla.
Ben Turner goes into the book.
Ben Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott.
Nacho Monreal manages to make a clearance.
Craig Noone crosses the ball.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. David Marshall blocks the ball.
Lukas Podolski takes a shot. Steven Caulker gets a block in.
Centre by Lukas Podolski.
Bacary Sagna takes a shot and went wide left of the target.
Nacho Monreal delivers the ball.
Jordon Mutch has an effort at goal. Blocked by Mathieu Flamini.
The second half has started.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
Clearance by Ben Turner.
Lukas Podolski manages to make a clearance.
Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mathieu Flamini on Fraizer Campbell.
Santi Cazorla takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Centre by Jack Wilshere.
Jordon Mutch takes a shot. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in.
Ben Turner makes a clearance.
Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by Mathieu Flamini.
The ball is delivered by Nacho Monreal.
Foul by Theo Walcott on Ben Turner, free kick awarded.
Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caulker.
Mathieu Flamini manages to make a clearance.
Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Jordon Mutch.
Per Mertesacker is booked.
Wojciech Szczesny fouled by Fraizer Campbell, the ref awards a free kick.
Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Craig Noone.
Craig Noone makes a clearance.
Shot by Santi Cazorla missed to the left of goal.
Bacary Sagna crosses the ball.
Clearance by Per Mertesacker.
Theo Walcott takes a shot and cleared the bar.
Nacho Monreal restarts play with the free kick.
Mathieu Flamini fouled by Jordon Mutch, the ref awards a free kick.
Clearance by Nacho Monreal.
Nacho Monreal crosses the ball.
Strike comes in from Bacary Sagna from the free kick. Blocked by Peter Whittingham.
Gary Medel concedes a free kick for a foul on Mathieu Flamini.
Mathieu Flamini makes a clearance.
Theo Walcott takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Ben Turner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordon Mutch by Santi Cazorla.
David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lukas Podolski by Jordon Mutch.
Free kick taken by David Marshall.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Theo Walcott.
Mikel Arteta concedes a free kick for a foul on Bo-Kyung Kim.
The match begins.
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.
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