FT: Cardiff 0 Arsenal 3

It's all over in Cardiff. Great game from both sides, but Arsenal had the quality to win the game.

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Ramsey tries to play Walcott in on goal, but Turner gets it clear.

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Cardiff might be three goals down, but they're still playing well and pushing for a goal.

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GOAL! A second for Ramsey, a good finish in the top corner after a good cutback from substitute Walcott.

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Arsenal looking to see out the game.

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Late substitute for Arsenal as Theo Walcott comes on for Ozil.

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Arsenal with possession in midfield.

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Cardiff with it all to do now, they've just been lacking that cutting edge up front.

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Cornelius comes on for Taylor.

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GOAL! Flamini makes it two, Ozil again with a wonderful ball in and the Frenchman with an emphatic first-time finish.

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The referee having a word with Mutch and Arteta.

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Cowie with a shot straight at Szczesny after Whittingham's initial effort is cleared.

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Cardiff with a free kick in a dangerous area.

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Ramsey with a screaming effort from distance, but it skews wide of the post.

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Another Arsenal substitution as Wilshere comes off for Monreal.

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Arteta booked for a cynical tackle as Cardiff looked to hit on the counter attack.

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Cardiff threaten again with a shot from outside the area, but Szczesny has it covered again.

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Odemwingie goes through on goal, but Szczesny rushes out and gathers the ball.

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Flamini coming on for Cazorla. Someone had a word as his sleeves are just rolled up today.

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Noone attempts to make an early impact, but Arteta makes a good tackle to stop his run.

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Second Cardiff sub as Noone comes on to replace Kim.

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Whittingham tries to put Odemwingie through on goal, but Arteta makes the interception.

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Another hefty challenge on a Cardiff player goes unpunished.

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Arsenal seeing a bit more of the ball now.

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Cardiff resorting to long balls forward to Odemwingie. They're not having a lot of luck with this approach.

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Odemwingie goes down under challenge from Gibbs just on the edge of the area, but the referee is having none of it. Not a free kick or a penalty.

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Cardiff passing the ball around midfield.

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A good attacing move from Arsenal, but Wilshere's ball forward gets stuck under Cazorla's feet and his shot his easily gathered.

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Cazorla and Ozil try a bit of clever interplay in the box, but the Spaniards pass has a bit too much on it and it runs out of play.

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Arsenal now with a rare spell of possession here in the second half.

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Cardiff look for a quick counter attack after the substitution.

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Odemwingie comes on for Campbell.

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Gibbs not taking any chances with a clearance into row Z.

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Odemwingie getting ready to come on.

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Referee just telling a few players to calm down.

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A few cheeky challenges flying in now. First Medel goes down holding his face, before Arteta goes down clutching his ribs.

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A bit of a lull in play now, things have calmed down significantly in the last minute or so.

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But not for long as Arsenal break up the other end. Giroud with a shot from the outside of the area, but it's directed straight at Marshall.

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A small break for the Gunners, but Cardiff soon have the ball back.

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Arsenal a bit shellshocked by Cardiff's resurgence here.

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Theophile-Catherine with a thunderous effort from outside the area, but Szczesny has it covered.

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Terrific support from the home fans here at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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The Bluebirds have their tails up now after a poor start to the half.

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Cardiff applying some pressure of their own now, as Theophile-Catherine has a shot blocked.

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They do have it now, though, and nearly get the equaliser if not for a last minute save from Szczesny to deny Campbell strong header from close range.

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Cardiff not getting a sniff here in the second half so far.

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Ramsey with another remarkable dribble into the area, but this time holds onto the ball to long and it runs for a goal kick.

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Arsenal corner. Ozil takes, but Cardiff temporarily get it clear.

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Arsenal playing some good football as Ramsey somehow dribbles to the byline and cuts the ball back to Giroud, but Turner makes a crucial block to prevent a certain goal.

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We're back underway at the Cardiff City Stadium...

Entertaining half of football. Arsenal deservedly leading thanks to a wonderful header from local boy Aaron Ramsey.

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Cardiff corner amounts to nothing.

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Cardiff with a free kick, and they win a corner as Ramsey takes it out of play with his attempted clearance.

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Giroud finds Ramsey in the box, but the Welshman keeps hold of the ball too long and blasts his shot over the bar.

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Kim with a truly terrible tackle on Sagna there, but the linesman ignores the protests and awards a goal kick.

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Arsenal finally get the ball back after a Theophile-Catherine foul on Gibbs.

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The Bluebirds doing well to keep the ball, but they're not really getting into the attacking areas.

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Cardiff with a rare spell of possession.

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Arsenal applying the pressure, but they're struggling to find the end product.

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Arsenal win a corner as Gibbs finds Giroud in the box.

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Mutch does well to pressure Arteta off the ball, but his ball forward to Campbell leaves much to be desired.

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Arsenal camped out on the edge of the area again, the final ball is lacking, however.

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The Bluebirds try to start the counter-attack, but Theophile-Catherine's touch gifts the ball back to the Gunners.

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Arsenal building from the back, but Cardiff win possession in midfield.

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Cardiff manage to pass their way into the Arsenal area, but the Gunners once again get the ball clear.

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Quality delivery from Whittingham, but Kim makes a hash of his first time effort.

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Gibbs gets booked for a rash challenge on Theophile-Catherine.

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Arteta redoing his laces after a 50-50 challenge with Campbell.

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Cardiff with a deep free kick. Everyone forward to attack the ball, but Arsenal get it clear.

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Ramsey with a touch of class with muted celebrations after the goal.

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But, Arsenal have the ball back and go score at the other end. Ramsey with a free header from a deep cross from Ozil.

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Cardiff now applying the pressure around the Arsenal area.

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The Bluebirds try to hit on the counter, but Campbell's touch lets him down once again.

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Arsenal with a good passage of play around the Cardiff penalty area.

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Arteta has a shot on goal from the free kick, but the Cardiff defence get it clear.

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Arsenal with a free kick in a dangerous area for a late challenge on Sagna. Kim receiving treatment after the tackle.

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A bit of a lull in play...

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Cazorla has a shot blocked after some good work from Ozil.

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Cardiff playing well thus far, making life hard for the Gunners.

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Debate still raging about whether or not Giroud was offside.

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Giroud with a questionable ball into the box.

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Whittingham takes but it's cleared. Cardiff come again as Szczesny and Turner clash and the ball bounces off the post.

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Cardiff have a corner...

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Arsene Wenger furious with Giroud for that mistake, Arsenal should be in front.

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A bit of confusion as Ozil flicks Giroud through on goal, but the Frenchman stops play, thinking he was offside, even though the linesman never raised his flag.

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The Bluebirds are struggling to keep hold of the ball everytime they get the ball.

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Sagna with a cross into the box, but it's straight at Marshall.

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Giroud and Gibbs try to combine down the left flank, but the latter's touch let's him down and Cardiff get the throw.

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Arsenal with possession...

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Play back under way and Cardiff look to hit the Gunners on the break. Campbell gets the header on goal, but it bounces wide of the far post.

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Mertesacker back up, a bloody mouth but looks like he'll be able to continue.

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A break in play as the physios attend to Mertesacker.

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A clash of heads there between Mertersacker and Sagna. The German receiving treatment.

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Wilshere looking well up for the match today.

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Arsenal get the ball back, but Campbell drops back to make the crucial intervention.

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Cardiff with a rare spell of possession.

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Campbell looking to make a run at goal, but his touch is a bit too heavy and Mertesacker regains possession.

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An early sign of intent from the Gunners as Wilshere strikes the post with a shot from outside the area.

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Referee Lee Mason gets us underway in Wales. Enjoy the game...

Nadeem from Calgary, Canada says: Arsenal to win 3-0. Goalscorers Cazorla, Ramsey against his former club, and Walcott off the bench.

Daniel Rogers: I'm predicting Arsenal to dominate and win the game from midfield with Ramsey stepping up to the plate fully. Can see Arsenal showing why they are currently the best team in this seasons ENGLISH premier league! Up the Gunners!

Arsenal head into the game as 3/1 second favourites for the title and odds-on to pick up all three points today, while Cardiff are 11/2 to upset another top side and 3/1 for a draw. Olivier Giroud is the 4/1 favourite to open the scoring while Aaron Ramsey is 13/2 to score first against his boyhood club.

Arsenal bench: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Monreal, Rosicky, Flamini, Walcott, Gnabry.

Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud.

Cardiff bench: Lewis; Hudson, Cornelius, Odemwingie, Noone, Gunnarsson, Bellamy.

Cardiff XI: Marshall, Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Whittingham, Medel, Campbell, Kim, Mutch, Cowie, Theophile-Catherine.

Welcome to the Cardiff City Stadium where Cardiff City host Arsenal in today's game. Can the Bluebirds build on their 2-2 draw with Manchester United last weekend, or will the Gunners win to extend their good run of form? Send your views / predictions for today's game to Chris.Vermeulen@teamtalkmedia.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Fri, 25 Jul 2014

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