Wednesday January 1, 2014 Day 20 Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 2 - 0 Cardiff City

  • Bendtner 88’
  • Walcott 90’

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  1. Premier League - Arsenal return to the top after late goals break Cardiff hearts

    Premier League - Arsenal return to the top after late goals break Cardiff hearts

    Arsenal overcame Cardiff City with a 2-0 win after Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott netted late goals at the Emirates. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Cardiff City
    • 90+6' That's full time - Arsenal never gave up and deserved their victory.
    • 90+5' The ball falls to Caulker in the box from the cross, and Szczesny comes out quickly to block his shot, but the shot was weak and poorly placed given the time he had.
    • 90+4' Cardiff win a free kick from Rosicky on the left wing. A minute left to score three. Can they?
    • 90+2' GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff City. Theo Walcott doubles the lead. Wilshere slips in Walcott on the right, he lifts it over the keeper, and the ball bounces into the goal.
    • 90' Vermaelen replaces Bendtner, who hurt himself when he scored. Five minutes of added time to come.
    • 88' Arsenal 1-0 Cardiff City! GOAL! White Pele Nicklas Bendtner scores! Monreal sends in a cross for Sagna at the back post, he heads for Marshall to palm away, but Bendtner responds the quickest, and blasts it into the goal.
    • 88' Only three shots on target, from 22 taken, from Arsenal in the game today.
    • 86' Walcott turns in the box to get space at a tight angle to shoot from, and it's a dreadful shot. Almost as bad a shot as his facial hair.
    • 85' Cazorla has a shot deflected off a defender that loops up easily for Marshall.
    • 84' Koscienly pressures Gunnarsson at the corner and Arsenal have another. It isn't properly cleared, and Marshall jumps onto the ball under pressure from Wilshere.
    • 83' Rosicky is put in on the right and Marshall blocks it to concede a corner.
    • 82' The ball comes back into the box for Caulker, and he volleys it over with a lunge. Arsenal attack on the left but can't get a cross in until Wilshere finds Sagna at the back post, but his header is cleared of the line.
    • 81' Cardiff win a corner on the right. Whittingham takes, and it's flapped clear.
    • 80' Kim has space to shoot in outside the box, but then sends his shot into space.
    • 79' Campbell is replaced by Nicky Maynard. He walks off incredibly slowly.
    • 78' Arsenal still ponderous. Is their season over?
    • 77' Sagna crosses from the right, but it's overhit and a waste.
    • 76' Walcott clips the ball over the wall, but it's just half a foot over.
    • 75' Wilshere is tripped on the edge of the box, and this is a chance for Arsenal to finally get somewhere.
    • 72' Some Cardiff pressure is repelled when Monreal hoofs clear and Arsenal attack. Cazorla has a shot from outside the box, but his deflected effort is easily saved.
    • 70' Wilshere's long range shot from a Gunnarsson clearance is miles wide.
    • 69' John gets to the ball from Rosicky just ahead of Walcott, and it's another corner. Mertesacker's header is deflected out for a corner.
    • 68' Another Arsenal corner, and Mertesacker, unmarked again, heads wide again.
    • 68' Jordan Mutch has injured his hamstring and is replaced by Cowie.
    • 67' Sagna chases down John and he has to concede a corner. Walcott takes from the right, Turner clears it. It's back to Walcott, and his cross is headed a yard wide by an unmarked Mertesacker.
    • 65' Bendtner and Rosicky on, Flamini and Podolski off.
    • 64' Walcott gets round the back on the right, but his cross is deflected out. Wilshere then pressures the Cardiff defence into conceding a throw. Wilshere then gets into the area with a smart turn, and slams the ball into the post. That was a fantastic run, and so close to scoring.
    • 63' This match is utterly rotten.
    • 61' Medel is swapped for Gunnarsson. Mertesacker clears the corner.
    • 60' David Marshall is booked for repeatedly taking too long for a goal kick. Gary Medel is also booked. Cardiff then win a corner kick.
    • 59' Wilshere sends in a cross and Podolski and Walcott both fail to turn it in on goal. Cardiff clear and Arteta fouls Mutch.
    • 58' Arsenal Arsenal around the box, and all the Arsenalling results in typical Arsenal: no goal.
    • 57' Cazorla takes, and it's headed out by Medel. Back in by Walcott, and cleared again. Wilshere then collects the ball in the box, heads for the byline and has a low cross cut out for another corner. Cazorla's takes, and it drifts out of play.
    • 56' Walcott curls the ball in, Mertesacker misses it, and it's cleared out of the box. Walcott ends in another cross, but McNaughton heads it behind.
    • 55' Turner is booked for a lunge on Walcott as he sped down the wing. He might have won the ball, but it's hard to tell. Free kick for Arsenal.
    • 54' Claims for handball on Monreal. The referee gives nothing, and the ball was hit firmly at he defender from close range.
    • 53' Podolski gets the ball from Monreal, and his shot is blocked, by Caulker again, and Arsenal have another corner on the left. Cazorla takes, and Mertesacker hooks a dropping ball weekly towards goal.
    • 52' Mertesacker's flick on confuses Marshall, who watches it all the way out of play, and flaps at it, and misses it.
    • 51' Podolski turns the ball into the box as he runs away from goal, but Caulker cuts it out for a corner.
    • 50' The ball comes out to Sagna from a Wilshere cross, and he fires the ball well over.
    • 49' Arsenal fans do a chant for 10 seconds. That's that for the half then. Wilshere runs down the left and fails to cross to anyone. Or anything.
    • 48' Arsenal still with the ball, Cardiff still with the plan.
    • 47' More of the same, with Arsenal struggling to find any rhythm.
    • 46' The football is back.
    • 45+3' That's half time. Terrible, terrible quality.
    • 45+2' Sagna's cross is out for a corner on the right. Walcott takes, and it's terrible, Kim clearing it at the near post. Noone tries to slip a ball forward for Mutch, but it's slightly overhit.
    • 45+1' Wilshere finds Walcott at the back post who brings the ball down brilliantly. He squares the ball for Podolski, and he hits a defender. What a waste.
    • 45' Arsenal are missing Olivier Giroud. Imagine that.
    • 44' Wilshere runs foward, lays the ball to Cazorla on the left, but his shot is deflected behind for a corner. Cazorla takes, and Marshall claims at the near post.
    • 43' Noone sends a shot flying over as he cuts in from the right. Arsenal then come back with the ball and seem to not realise they need to score to win the game.
    • 42' This is the worst thing to have happened all year.
    • 40' The break comes to nothing as they can't get a shot past the Arsenal defence.
    • 39' Sagna has the ball on the righ wing, he swaps a pass with Walcott, finds Wilshere, whose pass inside is intercepted an Cardiff break.
    • 37' Arsenal are playing in front of the Cardiff defence, and they don't seem able to change it any time soon. Get Bendtner on.
    • 36' Campbell chased a ball down the left and under the attention of Mertesacker, and falls over. He's limping a little but should be OK to continue. Yes, I am a doctor.
    • 35' Mutch aims a ball forward for Campbell but Koscielny comes across and fires the ball out for a throw.
    • 34' Wilshere plays a one-two with Walcott, moving from the right of the box to the centre, but he blasts his shot into the legs of a defender.
    • 32' Mutch barges into Mikel Arteta just outside the box. Silly boy, but he's not booked. Earlier Mertesacker was booked for pulling back Campbell as Mutch broke forward.
    • 31' Cazorla dances past McNaughton on the left, pulls the ball back for Walcott on the edge of the box, and his left-footed shot hits the side netting.
    • 30' Wilshere can't control a ball outside the box and it's humped clear.
    • 28' Jordan Mutch breaks clear, drives towards the box and from a tight angle blasts the ball at Szczesny's legs. The best chance for Cardiff so far.
    • 27' McNaughton stops a header back from Noone going out for a corner and Arsenal attack with a throw on the left wing.
    • 26' Arteta finds Walcott on the right of the box. He finds his way towards the centre, a space opens up between two defenders, and he sidefoots his shot well over the bar.
    • 25' Wilshere goes down, appealing for a penalty, but it's hard to see what happened. The replays show that Wilshere did a comical dive after minimal contact from Medel.
    • 24 Kerslake out too! This is awful.
    • 23' Arsene Wenger out!
    • 22' Nothing happens
    • 21' Arsenal are playing lots of neat passes between defence and midfield, and Cardiff are doing well to keep their shape and give Arsenal to play with behind the defence.
    • 19' Turner intercepts a pass forward for Walcott, and Cardiff have a rare spell of possession now.
    • 18' Cazorla runs onto a pass from Wilshere, teeing him up or the shot, and he drags his shot wide of goal.
    • 17' A cross from the left evades everyone in the Cardiff box and Arsenal retain possession in front of the Cardiff defence.
    • 16' The shot is straight into the wall, and Cardiff clear it over the halfway line and Arsenal are starting another attack. They've had 60% of possession so far.
    • 15' Medel clumps Flamini, who goes down easily, just outside the box, and Arsenal have a free kick to the left of the area. Sagna lines it up.
    • 13' The fourth long ball over the top for Walcott, but with no luck. A few seconds later, Wilshere curls in a cross from the left to the back post, and Walcott strains to reach it, but can only slide the ball into the side netting.
    • 12' Arsenal fans are doing a chant. Nothing special - 'Come on Arsenal' - but it's a start. A ball over the top for Campbell finds the striker in an offside position.
    • 11' Walcott finds Sagna on the right. The ball is played inside for a short pass up to Flamini, but he can't control it and Cardiff attack.
    • 10' Turner is called offside and the free kick is wasted. There is absolutely no sound from the home fans.
    • 9' A long ball forward to Mutch, and his knock down is claimed by Arsenal. Mutch then wins a foul in a tackle with Cazorla, 50 yards from goal, for Whittengham to take.
    • 8' Arsenal now in Cardiffs half, and Podolsk wins a free kick after being bundled over by Kim.
    • 7' The atmosphere is duller than a particularly boring wedding service. I'm not exaggerating.
    • 6' Arsenal play the ball around defence as they wait for an opening. No urgency at all so far.
    • 4' Walcott springs forward, bearing down on goal, but the linesman calls him offside. McNaughton might have been playing him onside on the opposite side of the pitch.
    • 3' Arteta fouls Kim in midfield. The free kick is headed across the box by Caulker, but Szczesny claims it easily.
    • 2' Cardiff haven't yet tried any shots from their half. Tactically, I'm not sure if that's the best move.
    • 1' Arsenal kick off, and Mertesacker sends a pass straight out of play.
    • 14:55 Weather update - it is raining a lot.
    • 14:50 If you'd like to get in touch with me on Twitter throughout the match, to give me your considered witticisms, maybe even aphorisms, then you can find me @lxndrnthrtn.
    • 14:45 I'm going to predict a win for Arsenal against Cardiff. For one, they have much better players. For two, they're at home. For three, Arsenal actually have a permanent manager. 2-0 to Arsenal - put your house on it.
    • 14:40 The latest news is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is favourite for the Cardiff job. There are no rumours if he has taken leave of his senses utterly to take the job, but that is the only logical conclusion you could draw. I wonder if Vincent Tan will get his wish and see the goalkeeper score more often for Cardiff?
    • 14:35 Caretaker manager David Kerslake: "I was asked by the chairman [Mehmet Dalman] to take the team on a temporary basis. With all respect I wouldn't be interested in this job because I love being a coach. Of course [there's mixed feelings] but Malky understands football as well. We'll deal with this and we'll move on."
    • 14:30 Arsenal are missing Olivier Giroud, and so replace him with almost-striker Lukas Podolski who has luckily returned to fitness in recent weeks. Gibbs is unavailable, too, and so Nacho Monreal will play at left-back. With home advantage, and Cardiff in disarray, it's an almost certain Arsenal victory.
    • 14:25 Arsene Wenger: “We showed that at West Ham when we were 1-0 down and came back to win 3-1 and we showed it again at Newcastle when we had our bit backs to the wall in the last 15 minutes. There's a great solidarity and a great spirit in the side. In terms of challenging at the top of the table, we believe in ourselves. I hope it will be enough but there's a long way to go and it's still too early to talk about the title."
    • 14:20 TEAMS: Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Flamini, Wilshere, Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski. Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Ryo, Gnabry, Bendtner. /// Cardiff City: Marshall, McNaughton, Caulker, Turner, John, Whittingham, Medel, Kim, Noone, Mutch, Campbell. Subs: Lewis; Hudson, Cornelius, Smith, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Maynard.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League game between Arsenal and Cardiff City. It's the Vincent Tan show, and what a show it is. Come and keep up with events as a man destroys the soul of a club and makes a mockery of the whole institution.
  • Summary

    • 90+5' The ball falls to Caulker in the box from the cross, and Szczesny comes out quickly to block his shot, but the shot was weak and poorly placed given the time he had.
    • 90+2' GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff City. Theo Walcott doubles the lead. Wilshere slips in Walcott on the right, he lifts it over the keeper, and the ball bounces into the goal.
    • 88' Arsenal 1-0 Cardiff City! GOAL! White Pele Nicklas Bendtner scores! Monreal sends in a cross for Sagna at the back post, he heads for Marshall to palm away, but Bendtner responds the quickest, and blasts it into the goal.
    • 83' Rosicky is put in on the right and Marshall blocks it to concede a corner.
    • 76' Walcott clips the ball over the wall, but it's just half a foot over.
    • 70' Wilshere's long range shot from a Gunnarsson clearance is miles wide.
    • 68' Another Arsenal corner, and Mertesacker, unmarked again, heads wide again.
    • 67' Sagna chases down John and he has to concede a corner. Walcott takes from the right, Turner clears it. It's back to Walcott, and his cross is headed a yard wide by an unmarked Mertesacker.
    • 64' Walcott gets round the back on the right, but his cross is deflected out. Wilshere then pressures the Cardiff defence into conceding a throw. Wilshere then gets into the area with a smart turn, and slams the ball into the post. That was a fantastic run, and so close to scoring.
    • 60' David Marshall is booked for repeatedly taking too long for a goal kick. Gary Medel is also booked. Cardiff then win a corner kick.
    • 50' The ball comes out to Sagna from a Wilshere cross, and he fires the ball well over.
    • 32' Mutch barges into Mikel Arteta just outside the box. Silly boy, but he's not booked. Earlier Mertesacker was booked for pulling back Campbell as Mutch broke forward.
    • 31' Cazorla dances past McNaughton on the left, pulls the ball back for Walcott on the edge of the box, and his left-footed shot hits the side netting.
    • 28' Jordan Mutch breaks clear, drives towards the box and from a tight angle blasts the ball at Szczesny's legs. The best chance for Cardiff so far.
    • 26' Arteta finds Walcott on the right of the box. He finds his way towards the centre, a space opens up between two defenders, and he sidefoots his shot well over the bar.
    • 18' Cazorla runs onto a pass from Wilshere, teeing him up or the shot, and he drags his shot wide of goal.
    • 13' The fourth long ball over the top for Walcott, but with no luck. A few seconds later, Wilshere curls in a cross from the left to the back post, and Walcott strains to reach it, but can only slide the ball into the side netting.
    • 14:20 TEAMS: Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Flamini, Wilshere, Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski. Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Ryo, Gnabry, Bendtner. /// Cardiff City: Marshall, McNaughton, Caulker, Turner, John, Whittingham, Medel, Kim, Noone, Mutch, Campbell. Subs: Lewis; Hudson, Cornelius, Smith, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Maynard.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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      Goalkeeper
      5.6 6
      Defenders
      5.9 7
      Yellow Card 5.7 6
      6.1 6
      6.4 6
      Midfielders
      6.5 6
      Substitution Out65′ 6.1 6
      Goal 5.9 7
      6.1 8
      6.6 5
      Strikers
      Substitution Out65′ 5.8 5
      Subs
      Substitution In65′ 6.7 6
      Substitution In65′ Goal Substitution Out90′ 8.7 7
      Substitution In90′ 5 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      Yellow Card 5.1 6
      Defenders
      4.7 6
      4.9 6
      Yellow Card 5 6
      4.6 6
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out61′ 4.8 6
      4.7 5
      6.1 6
      Substitution Out67′ 5.4 6
      5.3 6
      Strikers
      Substitution Out80′ 6 6
      Subs
      Substitution In80′ 5 6
      Substitution In67′ 4.7 6
      Substitution In61′ 4.5 6

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  1. not bad for gunners. I expected goals a little earlier.­ More to come

    From Shudzeka, on Thu 2 Jan 9:39
  2. Stupid commentator. How the hell did you get this job

    From Harris, on Thu 2 Jan 9:21
  3. Have only just got the hang of the new Yahoo lay-out­ and look forward to commenting on my team Arsenal,and­ reading what others think. Arsenal will win on­ Saturday over the old enemy, but this is by far the­ best Spurs side for a long time. KEEP ROLLING YOU­ GUNNERS

    From albert, on Thu 2 Jan 8:33
  4. this commentator is an utter moron. Unprofessional, ­ uninteresting and completely biased. I switched to­ skysports halfway through and they were great

    From TDean, on Wed 1 Jan 21:30
  5. Gourab. Which commentator would that be?

    From DOLPHIN, on Wed 1 Jan 21:00
  6. arsene wenger!!! plz buy demba ba!!!

    From gorillazz86, on Wed 1 Jan 20:32
  7. Something for a new manager to build on Cardiff were­ well in this game till near the end but it will not be­ easy to move on.....With the right appointment Cardiff­ should be good enough to beat the drop but I don't­ think MacKay should have been sacked

    From Raymond, on Wed 1 Jan 17:28
  8. Finally I have a rest of mind and sleep good to night­ well done Arsenal keep it up you guys will make­ it................

    From Baro, on Wed 1 Jan 17:14
  9. Its shere stupidity to not be able to know that­ criticizing you when you deserve it is constructive. it­ only comes from those who love you and want to do­ better. some sh..ts just cant take criticism even when­ you are telling them they are jumping into a raging­ fire. Arsenal were #$%$ for entire period of the match.­ Goals win you matches and not possession. some days ago­ i commented about teaching the players about shooting­ and blokes who dont understand football talked trash.

    From vincent, on Wed 1 Jan 17:12
  10. I am now relieved. Wenger still needs to sign a good­ striker.

    From Osas Mike, on Wed 1 Jan 17:07
  11. #$%$.

    From Lawrence, on Wed 1 Jan 17:05
  12. Bendtner went in,made the difference and went right­ back out. Great for him, though he didn't get to­ enjoy the play. Mission accomplished. Go Gunnersss

    From Blaize, on Wed 1 Jan 17:01
  13. Arsenal big congratulations, This season please tell ­ winger to get a good striker and defender for us to be­ sure of the premiere league cup

    From nzeoguandco, on Wed 1 Jan 17:00
  14. Arsenal fully deserved the win. Cardiff did nothing­ all game. 11men in their own half. #$%$ is the word­ that springs to mind. As for liverpool, they won't­ be winning any titles this year. It's between­ arsenal and city. Chelsea in more debt ahhahaha.­ It's #$%$ cheating if you can't even keep your head­ above water without a russian thief to help out.

    From jack, on Wed 1 Jan 16:59
  15. "Arsenal never gave up and deserved their­ victory", eh? Then why were you roundly mocking­ them for 88 of the 90 minutes they played today?

    From Catface, on Wed 1 Jan 16:57
  16. White Pele sounds like racism not very smart comments.

    From Will, on Wed 1 Jan 16:54
  17. Actually I am going to send an official complaint about­ this commentator and ensure he gets named in all­ journalistic circles to never have a commentating job­ in football unless he apologises for his conduct

    From Gourab, on Wed 1 Jan 16:53
  18. Oi, Wiggins, 2-0 you're a clairvoyant mate!

    From Loose Cannon, on Wed 1 Jan 16:52
  19. The commentary sucks..

    From Cole Samson, on Wed 1 Jan 16:52
  20. Oi, commentator, you sad bell............ ......slope­ off back to the Lane 'cos the Arsenal are winning­ again!!!!!!

    From Loose Cannon, on Wed 1 Jan 16:51
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