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November 30, 2013 4:00 PM WAT
Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 27948‎
 
 
Aaron Ramsey 29′
 
 
Aaron Ramsey 90+3′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cardiff City 0-3 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger's team extended their Premier League lead to seven points after an Aaron Ramsey double and a late Mathieu Flamini goal sealed another away victory for the visitors

By Wayne Veysey at Cardiff City Stadium

  • David Marshall
    1
    5
    2.50

    David Marshall

    Could do little to keep out either of Arsenal's goals, although his positioning was occasionally awry.

  • Andrew Taylor
    2
    3
    3.00

    Andrew Taylor

    Won some key headers in his box, and made some important blocks on a day he was restricted almost entirely to defensive duty.

  • Steven Caulker
    2
    8
    3.50

    Steven Caulker

    Commanding in the air and comfortable on the deck, but caught flat-footed on a few occasions by Arsenal's nimble ball players.

  • Ben Turner
    1
    2
    3.00

    Ben Turner

    Made a brilliant block on the line to stop Giroud putting Arsenal 2-0 up at start of second half but struggled to keep his head above water against the visitors' multi-faceted attack.

  • Kevin Theophile Catherine
    3
    3
    3.50

    Kevin Theophile Catherine

    The crowd favourite kept a close check on the dangerous Cazorla and was a threat whenever he surged forwards.

  • Peter Whittingham
    4
    1
    2.50

    Peter Whittingham

    Much of the game passed him by as his team's counter-attacking style deprived him of the ball. His set-pieces were less threatening than usual and blasted one second-half chance horribly wide.

  • Gary Medel
    3
    4
    3.50

    Gary Medel

    Anchored the midfield diligently and limited the spaces in which Arsenal's attackers could thrive.

  • Bo-Kyung Kim
    1
    1
    3.00

    Bo-Kyung Kim

    Tigerish work-rate but did not get the chance to repeat his heroics of six days earlier.

  • Jordon Mutch
    0
    1
    2.50

    Jordon Mutch

    Put in a good shift but unable to consistently influence Cardiff's attacks.

  • Don Cowie
    0
    2
    2.50

    Don Cowie Flop of the Match

    Provided energy and commitment on the right flank, but little else.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    5
    6
    3.50

    Fraizer Campbell

    His pace and movement were a constant menace to the visitors. Denied an equaliser by a stunning Szczesny save. Surprisingly subbed with 30 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Andreas Cornelius
    0
    6

    Andreas Cornelius

    Looked lively in late cameo.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    0
    7

    Peter Odemwingie

    Did little of note after replacing Campbell as the attack spearhead.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    50
    4
    3.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Pulled off a fabulous save low to his right to keep out Campbell's header at 1-0 and impressed with his decision-making and positioning.

  • Bacary Sagna
    38
    3
    3.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Bar his accidental clash of heads with Mertesacker, barely made a wrong move.

  • Per Mertesacker
    40
    2
    3.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Shook off a sickening blow to the head to deliver a towering defensive display.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    39
    1
    4.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    Kept the dangerous Campbell at bay, made a series of crucial interceptions and smoothly instigated Arsenal attacks.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    34
    5
    3.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Maintained his excellent form with another quality display. His decision-making, defending and overlapping were all top class, apart from when Campbell rose above him to nearly head in the equaliser. Baines and Cole will be feeling his breath on their necks.

  • Mikel Arteta
    33
    2
    3.00

    Mikel Arteta

    Kept the visitors ticking over with his shrewd passing and smart reading of the game.

  • Jack Wilshere
    37
    1
    3.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Unlucky not to score his second consecutive opening-minute goal when he raced out of the blocks and curled an exquisite shot on to the crossbar.

  • Mesut Özil
    67
    3
    4.00

    Mesut Özil

    At times, looked a class apart from everyone else on the pitch. Delivered a sublime cross on to the head of Ramsey for the opener and his vision, touch and all-round play was of the highest order. Faded a little after the break but has now provided six league assists this season, more than any other player.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    58
    9
    4.50

    Aaron Ramsey Top of the Match

    Dynamic and decisive in equal measure. The highlights were a superbly taken pair of goals to take his goal tally to 13 in a remarkable season but, apart from his considerable attacking threat, covered every blade of turf in another outstanding performance. Got a warm reception against his old club and, later, declined to celebrate his goal.

  • Santi Cazorla
    27
    8
    3.00

    Santi Cazorla

    Flitted in and out of the game, but his technical skills always brought Arsenal time and a creative threat. Subbed with 14 minutes left.

  • Olivier Giroud
    27
    12
    3.00

    Olivier Giroud

    A mixture of the very good and the very bad. Wasted two golden scoring chances in each half, including the unpardonable sin of failing to play to the whistle when sent through on goal. But his physicality and hold-up play gave Arsenal a crucial outlet.

Substitutions

  • Monreal
    22
    2

    Monreal

    Replaced Wilshere on the left flank late on as Arsenal protected their lead.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    34
    3
    3.50

    Mathieu Flamini

    Put the shortened-sleeves scandal behind him to bash in Arsenal's match-sealing, second goal.

  • Theo Walcott
    32
    5

    Theo Walcott

    Replaced Ozil in the dying seconds and laid on the third goal for Ramsey.

Results
 
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