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Wednesday, January 1, 2014
 Full Time
Arsenal
2
 
0
Cardiff City
N. Bendtner  88' 1-0 
T. Walcott  90' 2-0 
HT: 0-0
Emirates Stadium (Attendance: 60,004)
Referee: Jon Moss
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Arsenal vs. Cardiff City
Minute Commentary
90' ARSENAL ON THE BUSES
The Gunners looked to be enduring a frustrating afternoon at the Emirates after Cardiff City managed to repel them for 90 minutes before conceding two injury time goals within two minutes of each other. Nicklas Bendtner was the hero with a fine finish, injuring himself in the process, after David Marshall had saved from Bacary Sagna and the striker received a standing ovation as he limped from the pitch. Arsenal fans could have been forgiven for thinking they were waiting for a bus as they had waited so long for one goal and then immediately another came along when Theo Walcott clipped over Marshall to double the lead with both strikes coming in injury time.
90' FULL TIME
And that is the end of the match.
90' GOOD SAVE
Steven Caulker has been Cardiff's biggest threat in this second half and he forces Wojciech Szczesny into a good save.
90' GOOAALL!!
Arsenal goals are like buses. You don't see one for 90 minutes and then suddenly two come along at once. Theo Walcott is sent clear and he clips the ball over the onrushing David Marshall.
90' ARSENAL SUBSTITUTION
Thomas Vermaelen comes on for hero Nicklas Bendtner. The striker is getting a standing ovation.
88' GOOAALL!!
A massive goal for Arsenal as they finally make their pressure tell. Bacary Sagna meets a cross with a header, which David Marshall pushes out. Nicklas Bendtner smashes the rebound into the roof of the net. Great finish, but the striker is down injured.
86' WELL OVER
Theo Walcott gets clear on the right, but then he loses his cool and blazes a shot over from a tight angle.
83' SO CLOSE
Theo Walcott wins the ball and races down the right. The winger crosses for Nicklas Bendtner, but it is just too high for the forward and Arsenal are denied again.
82' OVER THE BAR
A rare attack from Cardiff as Mikel Arteta fails to clear. Steven Caulker has the chance but his volley clears the bar.
79' CARDIFF SUBSTITUTION
Fraizer Campbell is replaced by Nicky Maynard. However, Campbell is trudging off the pitch very slowly as boos echo round the Emirates.
75' JUST OVER
A big chance for Arsenal as they have a free kick on the edge of the area. Theo Walcott hits a curling, dipping shot, but it is just too high.
72' EASY SAVE
Arsenal continue to push and this time it is Santi Cazorla with the chance. The midfielder strikes for goal, but is well closed down and the block takes the sting out of the shot and David Marshall can save.
69' CARDIFF SUBSTITUTION
Jordon Mutch is injured and is replaced by Don Cowie.
68' WIDE
A massive chance for Arsenal as Theo Walcott picks out an unmarked Per Mertesacker. The defender looks like he is certain to score, but he manages to head wide.
65' ARSENAL SUBSTITUTION
Nicklas Bendtner and Tomas Rosicky are sent on by Arsene Wenger as he looks to win the game. Mathieu Flamini and Lukas Podolski make way.
64' OFF THE BAR
Jack Wilshere smashes a shot at goal and sees it flick off the bar. That is the closest that Arsenal have come.
61' CARDIFF SUBSTITUTION
Gary Medel has been quiet this afternoon and he is replaced by Aron Gunnarsson as David Kerslake looks to close out the game.
60' YELLOW CARD
David Marshall is booked for time wasting.
59' DESPERATE DEFENDING
Arsenal come again and the ball bobbles around in the box but refuses to fall for a home player and once again Cardiff clear. How much longer can they hold on for?
57' WIDE
Bacary Sagna gets on the end of a corner, but his flicked header is too defted and it flies wide of the goal.
55' YELLOW CARD
Ben Turner slides in for a tackle, but gets more of Theo Walcott than the ball. The referee hands Arsenal a free kick and books the Cardiff defender.
53' GOOD SAVE
Santi Cazorla sends a dangerous corner into the box and the ball is poked towards goal by Theo Walcott, but David Marshall is there to grasp the ball.
50' WELL WIDE
Excitement for Arsenal as a ball comes loose, but it doesn't drop for the waiting Santi Cazorla. Instead it is Bacary Sagna who unleashes a shot and unsuprisingly it ends up into the crowd.
48' MUTCH SELFISH
Presumably Jordon Mutch has taken a lot of confidence from his goal against Sunderland, but today the midfielder has been too keen to ignore his teammates and drive for goal. Perhaps someone needs to remind him that the goal against Sunderland only went in because of a wicked defecltion.
46' SECOND HALF
We are underway in the second 45 minutes.
45' ARSENAL LACK CUTTING EDGE
The windy and wet weather are doing wonders for Cardiff as Arsenal are struggling to play their football in these conditions at the Emirates. The home side have had plenty of the ball, but they are struggling to create chances although Theo Walcott has had a couple of glimpses of goal. Lukas Podolski, starting in the central striking role, has been extremely quiet, so much so that Arsene Wenger must actually be considering bringing on Nicklas Bendtner for the second half. Cardiff will be happy with their first half display and have even had a couple of moments as Craig Noone looks dangerous on the break.
45' HALF TIME
The referee blows the whistle and ends a goalless 45 minutes.
45' BLOCKED SHOT
Lukas Podolski has a big chance, but he takes too many touches and is forced to lay it off to Santi Cazorla. The midfielder's shot is blocked. Better from Arsenal, but Podolski needs to do better.
41' HIGH AND WIDE
Cardiff come forward with danger man Craig Noone, but Nacho Monreal does well to hold up the winger and force him to shoot from 25 yards. The shot does not trouble Wojciech Szczesny.
37' PODOLSKI POOR
Arsenal have not scored in the first half in four of their last five games, and they are not looking like scoring in this first 45 minutes either. Lukas Podolski is not helping matters as he has gone missing in the central striking role.
33' GOOD BLOCK
Theo Walcott gets free on the right and looks to play a quick one-two with Jack Wilshere, but Steven Caulker reads the pass and clears the ball. That was a vital interception.
29' CARDIFF BREAK
The last 20 minutes have been all about Arsenal, but there is a glimmer of hope for the away side after Craig Noone escapes down the wing and he sends a dangerous cross into the box.
25' PENALTY CLAIMS
Jack Wilshere brings the ball forward into the penalty area and just as the midfielder looks to slip it through for Lukas Podolski, he is brought down. Arsenal players claim a penalty, but the referee shakes his head.
21' ARSENAL ON TOP
Cardiff had started well, but now the game is very much under the control of Arsenal. They have completed more passes and had more possession. However, they are yet to produce a genuine chance.
17' GREAT RUN
And now Arsenal take control. Nacho Monreal sprints down the left and sends a great ball into the box, but none of his teammates had made the run.
13' SIDE NETTING
Suddenly Arsenal spring forward as Jack Wilshere picks out Theo Walcott on the far post. The winger hits his shot first time, but it is into the side netting.
11' POOR CROSS
Cardiff come forward with Craig Noone, but the winger's cross is over hit and the away side have to start again. Both sides have started slowly, but Cardiff are starting to have the better of things.
7' QUIET EMIRATES
There is an odd atmosphere in the stadium at the moment with both sets of supporters strangely muted. Perhaps it is the wet conditions dampening spirits.
3' POOR PASS
Cardiff start the game well, but then give the ball away. Arsenal try to send Theo Walcott away with a long pass. However, the ball flicks off the wet surface and runs away from the winger.
1' KICK OFF
We are underway at the Emirates.
0' CARDIFF TEAM NEWS
David Kerslake names what is possibly his last Cardiff side. The caretaker manager makes only one change to the team with Kevin McNaughton coming in at right back.
0' ARSENAL TEAM NEWS
With Olivier Giroud out, Arsene Wenger welcomes Lukas Podolski back into the side in the central striker position. Nacho Monreal replaces the injured Keiran Gibbs at left back and Mikel Arteta comes into midfield.
0' REF WATCH
Jonathan Moss takes charge of today's game and it is the first time this season that he has been in charge of a game featuring either of these two sides. The referee has average a respectable 3 yellow cards per game this season with two red cards.
0' CARDIFF IN A MESS
At the moment it is impossible to mention Cardiff City without a reference to the seemingly omnipresent Vincent Tan, who sacked manager Malky Mackay five days ago and followed that up by booing his own team in the draw with Sunderland. The Bluebirds sit two points above the relegation zone and unless drastic action is taken soon then they will face a long battle with relegation.
0' WENGER LOOKING FOR STRIKERS
The Gunners left St James' Park with an important victory as well as a number of injuries and that list included Olivier Giroud. Arsenal fans have been dreading an injury to who they count as their only effective striker and now Arsene Wenger will be forced to move quickly in the transfer window.
0' ARSENAL BOUYANT BUT WOUNDED
Arsenal finished 2013 topping the Premier League table, but they have it all to do if they are going to end the season in the same position. Cardiff come to the Emirates in an owner-imposed mess as they are without a manager and are quickly dropping down the table. However, they are likely to face a makeshift Gunners side as Arsene Wenger counts to cost of the battling victory at Newcastle.
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Team Stats
Arsenal Cardiff City
2 Goals 0
1 Assists 0
28 Shots 8
6 Shots on Goal 2
2 Saves 4
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
32 Crosses 7
12 Corner Kicks 2
3 Offside 3
6 Fouls Committed 11
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
68% Ball Possession 32%
Arsenal
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Wojciech Szczesny 90 - 0 0 0 2
3Bacary Sagna 90 0 0 0 - -
4Per Mertesacker 90 0 1 0 - -
6Laurent Koscielny 90 0 0 0 - -
8Mikel Arteta 90 0 0 0 - -
9Lukas Podolski 64 0 0 0 - -
10Jack Wilshere 90 0 0 0 - -
14Theo Walcott 90 1 0 0 - -
17Nacho Monreal 90 0 0 0 - -
19Santi Cazorla 90 0 0 0 - -
20Mathieu Flamini 65 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
5Thomas Vermaelen 1 0 0 0 - -
7Tomas Rosicky 25 0 0 0 - -
23Nicklas Bendtner 25 1 0 0 - -

Cardiff City
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1David Marshall 90 - 1 0 2 4
4Steven Caulker 90 0 0 0 - -
6Ben Turner 90 0 1 0 - -
7Peter Whittingham 90 0 0 0 - -
8Gary Medel 61 0 0 0 - -
10Fraizer Campbell 80 0 0 0 - -
13Bo-Kyung Kim 90 0 0 0 - -
16Craig Noone 90 0 0 0 - -
18Jordon Mutch 67 0 0 0 - -
25Kevin McNaughton 90 0 0 0 - -
42Declan John 90 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
17Aron Gunnarsson 29 0 0 0 - -
19Don Cowie 23 0 0 0 - -
23Nicky Maynard 10 0 0 0 - -
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Arsenal vs. Cardiff City
Minute Event
90' Game Over  Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff City
90' Half Over  Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff City
90' Shot on Goal  Steven Caulker (Cardiff City)
90' Cross  Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City)
90' Free Kick  Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City)
90' Foul  John fouled by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal)
90' Throw-In  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
90' Goal  Theo Walcott (Arsenal). Assist by Wilshere
90' Shot on Goal  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
90' Cross  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) - On Target
90' Foul  Mertesacker fouled by Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City)
90' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
90' Cross  Craig Noone (Cardiff City) - Directly Out
90' Substitution  Thomas Vermaelen (on). Bendtner (off). (Arsenal)
88' Goal  Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)
88' Shot on Goal  Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)
88' Shot on Goal  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
88' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - On Target
87' Offside  Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)
87' Foul  Koscielny fouled by Bo-Kyung Kim (Cardiff City)
87' Throw-In  Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City)
86' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
86' Shot  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
85' Shot  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
84' Corner Kick  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
84' Shot  Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
84' Corner Kick  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - Off Target
83' Shot on Goal  Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal)
83' Cross  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - On Target
83' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - Clearance In Play
83' Cross  Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Completed Pass
82' Cross  Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)
82' Shot  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
82' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
82' Shot  Steven Caulker (Cardiff City)
81' Corner Kick  Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) - Headed Out - In Play
81' Shot  Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City)
81' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
80' Shot  Bo-Kyung Kim (Cardiff City)
80' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
80' Substitution  Nicky Maynard (on). Campbell (off). (Cardiff City)
79' Cross  Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) - Clearance In Play
78' Cross  Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
78' Throw-In  Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City)
77' Cross  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) - Completed Pass
76' Foul  Mertesacker fouled by Bo-Kyung Kim (Cardiff City)
76' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
75' Shot  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
75' Free Kick  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
75' Foul  Wilshere fouled by Craig Noone (Cardiff City)
74' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
73' Throw-In  Declan John (Cardiff City)
73' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
72' Shot on Goal  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
72' Cross  Don Cowie (Cardiff City) - Headed Out - In Play
72' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
71' Throw-In  Declan John (Cardiff City)
71' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
70' Shot  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
70' Cross  Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Clearance In Play
70' Corner Kick  Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
70' Shot  Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
70' Corner Kick  Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Off Target
69' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
68' Shot  Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
68' Corner Kick  Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Off Target
68' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
67' Substitution  Don Cowie (on). Mutch (off). (Cardiff City)
67' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
67' Shot  Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
67' Cross  Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Off Target
67' Corner Kick  Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
65' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
65' Substitution  Tomas Rosicky (on). Flamini (off). (Arsenal)
64' Substitution  Nicklas Bendtner (on). Podolski (off). (Arsenal)
64' Shot  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
64' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
63' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
63' Cross  Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Clearance Out of Play
62' Throw-In  Declan John (Cardiff City)
62' Cross  Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) - Clearance In Play
61' Corner Kick  Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) - Headed Out - In Play
61' Substitution  Aron Gunnarsson (on). Medel (off). (Cardiff City)
60' Yellow Card  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
59' Foul  Mutch fouled by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
59' Cross  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) - Clearance In Play
58' Foul  Wilshere fouled by Gary Medel (Cardiff City)
57' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
57' Corner Kick  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
57' Throw-In  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
56' Shot  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
56' Corner Kick  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
56' Cross  Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Headed Out - Out of Play
56' Cross  Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
56' Free Kick  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
55' Yellow Card  Ben Turner (Cardiff City)
55' Foul  Walcott fouled by Ben Turner (Cardiff City)
53' Shot on Goal  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
53' Corner Kick  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
53' Shot  Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)
53' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - Off Target
52' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
52' Shot  Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
52' Corner Kick  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - Off Target
51' Cross  Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) - Clearance Out of Play
51' Throw-In  Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City)
50' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
50' Shot  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
50' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
50' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
49' Throw-In  Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City)
48' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
47' Shot  Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City)
47' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
46' Start Half 
45' Half Over  Arsenal 0-0 Cardiff City
45' Corner Kick  Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Clearance In Play
45' Cross  Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
45' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
45' Cross  Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) - Completed Pass
45' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
45' Throw-In  Declan John (Cardiff City)
44' Foul  Campbell fouled by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal)
44' Corner Kick  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - Defended by Keeper
43' Shot  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
43' Cross  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) - Off Target
43' Cross  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) - Clearance In Play
43' Offside  Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City)
42' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
42' Shot  Craig Noone (Cardiff City)
42' Cross  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
41' Throw-In  Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City)
40' Shot  Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City)
39' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
38' Throw-In  Declan John (Cardiff City)
37' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
35' Throw-In  Declan John (Cardiff City)
35' Throw-In  Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City)
34' Foul  Turner fouled by Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
34' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - Foul
34' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
34' Shot  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
33' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
31' Foul  Arteta fouled by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City)
31' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
31' Shot  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
31' Cross  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - Off Target
30' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
30' Foul  Szczesny fouled by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City)
29' Cross  Craig Noone (Cardiff City)
29' Throw-In  Declan John (Cardiff City)
29' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
28' Yellow Card  Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
28' Cross  Craig Noone (Cardiff City) - Directly Out
28' Shot on Goal  Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City)
28' Shot  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
27' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
27' Cross  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
27' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
26' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
26' Shot  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
26' Throw-In  Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City)
25' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
24' Foul  Flamini fouled by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City)
24' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
23' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
22' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
19' Cross  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - Intercepted
19' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
18' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
18' Shot  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
18' Cross  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) - Off Target
17' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - Completed Pass
16' Throw-In  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
16' Shot  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
16' Free Kick  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
15' Foul  Flamini fouled by Gary Medel (Cardiff City)
14' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
13' Shot  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
13' Cross  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) - Off Target
12' Offside  Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City)
10' Offside  Ben Turner (Cardiff City)
10' Cross  Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) - Offside
10' Free Kick  Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City)
9' Foul  Mutch fouled by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
9' Offside  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
8' Foul  Podolski fouled by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City)
7' Throw-In  Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City)
6' Goal Kick  David Marshall (Cardiff City)
5' Cross  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - Overhit
4' Offside  Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
4' Throw-In  Declan John (Cardiff City)
3' Foul  Kim fouled by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
2' Throw-In  Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City)
1' Throw-In  Declan John (Cardiff City)
1' Start Half 
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