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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Arsenal

31 August 2018

The Bluebirds face Unai Emery’s Arsenal side at home this Sunday afternoon, as Neil Warnock's men take on the Gunners in front of a sold-out Cardiff City Stadium.

In the hot seat

Emery took charge of the Gunners back on the 23rd May, replacing Arsène Wenger, who called an end to his 22-year reign over the Gunners.

Emery made six summer signings including Mattéo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira who have both impressed in their opening three fixtures since arriving at the North London club.

The Spaniard has encountered a mixed start to life in the English capital, with his opening two matches both ending in defeat to Manchester City and Chelsea respectively. However, Emery who has managed over 700 professional games, recorded his first win as Gunners boss last weekend, as his side ran out 3-1 winners against Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers.

The former Paris Saint-Germain manager had a staggering 76.3% average win percentage during his stint in the French capital, where he won several major honours. Emery secured the Ligue 1 title in 2017/18 and both the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 campaigns.

Emery’s longest spell as a manager was at Valencia, where he guided ‘Els Taronges’ to two impressive third place La Liga finishes, securing the Spanish outfit Champions League Football during the 2009/10 and 2011/12 campaigns. The Spaniard has also managed the likes of Lorca Deportiva, Almería, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain prior to taking charge of Arsenal.

Memorable Meeting

Cardiff City 0-0 Arsenal, 25th January 2009

The Bluebirds and the Gunners have shared a number of interesting clashes across the years - and we've picked out five memorable moments here.

Another recent meeting saw City hold Wenger’s Gunners at Ninian Park in a FA Cup Fourth-Round - just three years after the Bluebirds scored the last FA Cup goal at Highbury, courtesy of Cameron Jerome.

City began this tie on the front foot in the opening stages and were agonisingly close to getting their noses in front. Scotsman Ross McCormack fired astray of Lukasz Fabianski’s goal on two occasions. The first opportunity came from a header which failed to test the goalkeeper. McCormack then failed to connect cleanly with his second attempt which fizzled across goal.

The Bluebirds conjured up further opportunities through Jay Bothroyd whose effort was wayward, before Joe Ledley and Paul Parry missed opportunities of their own.

And City were nearly made to pay after 21 minutes by Samir Nasri, but Peter Enckleman was on hand to deny the Frenchman.

The Gunners enjoyed more of the play after the interval but failed to break down the Bluebird’s resolute wall and Dave Jones’ side held firm to earn themselves a deserved replay.

Club Connections

Aaron Ramsey could return to the Welsh Capital this weekend to face his hometown club once more. Ramsey, who departed the Bluebirds for the Gunners back in 2008, starred in the last Premier League encounter between the two sides at Cardiff City Stadium, scoring twice in November 2013.

Ramsey began his professional career in 2007, coming on as a substitute against Hull City at Ninian Park. He was the youngest player to make their professional debut at the club at just 16 years and 123 days, breaking the previous record held by John Toshack.

Ramsey made his first start for the Bluebirds away at Chasetown in January 2008 in our Third Round clash, as City embarked upon an FA Cup campaign that would ultimately finish at Wembley.

Others to wear the shirt of both Arsenal and City include Derek Tapscott, Rhys Weston, Kerrea Gilbert, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and current Bluebird, Matthew Connolly, who captained the Gunners' reserve side. 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 2-3 Arsenal

2 September 2018

The Bluebirds pushed Arsenal until the final minute, but fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat in an enthralling, end-to-end game.

Neil Warnock made three changes to the side that drew with Huddersfield Town last time out; Bobby Decordorva-Reid, Junior Hoilett and Danny Ward came in for Josh Murphy, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Kenneth Zohore. For Arsenal, Mesut Özil and Alexandre Lacazette returned to the starting line-up, replacing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi.

The Bluebirds had a golden chance after seven minutes, when Petr Čech’s sloppy pass gifted the ball to Harry Arter on the edge of the box. The midfielder fired a shot narrowly over the bar, ensuring a huge let-off for the Arsenal keeper. At the other end, Neil Etheridge was called into action by City Academy graduate Aaron Ramsey, who drilled a powerful low shot towards the CardiffCity stopper.

As the game continued at an intense tempo, Arsenal opened the scoring with twelve minutes gone. Granit Xhaka delivered an out-swinging corner into the box, which was perfectly met by Shkodran Mustafi. The German centre-back’s header was expertly dispatched into the top corner, leaving the unfortunate Etheridge with no chance. The Filipino goalkeeper did make an excellent save shortly afterwards, denying Nacho Monreal inside the area.

As the half progressed, both teams enjoyed further chances. For City, Bobby Reid’s acrobatic overhead kick flew just over Čech’s crossbar, before Lacazette struck the foot of the post with a fierce effort, that cannoned back out and away from two advancing Arsenal attackers.

The Bluebirds continued to put pressure on the Arsenal backline, with a number of dangerous crosses. Their pressure finally paid off as the clock ticked into injury time. Joe Bennett’s delivery was contested by Victor Camarasa and Monreal - the City man won the duel. Camarasa trapped the ball on the turn and fired into the roof of the net, netting City’s first Premier League goal of the season and sparking wild celebrations just before the half-time whistle.

The second half began with the Gunners searching for a second goal, though Etheridge was equal to every early effort. Arsenal’s goalscorer Mustafi almost doubled his tally in identical fashion, rising well to meet another Xhaka corner. This time, however, City’s No.1 was able to pull off a smart double-fisted save to maintain the scoreline.

However, Unai Emery’s side regained the lead just after the hour mark, with a fantastic strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international picked up the ball from Lacazette’s flicked pass, and curled a great strike into the far corner, putting the Europa League side back in front.

The Bluebirds instantly launched into action, in an attempt to get back on level terms. A succession of corner balls were poorly dealt with by the visiting defence, allowing City to deservedly draw level after seventy minutes. Sean Morrison flicked the ball on from a Joe Ralls corner, with Danny Ward in the perfect position. The lively striker produced a brilliant header, which bounced off the post before nestling in the net, putting the Bluebirds back on terms for the second time.

The game opened up again during the final fifteen minutes, with chances at both ends. Héctor Bellerin’s low cross was almost tapped home by Ramsey, before a vital block from Morrison and a Ralls clearance wiped out the threat. At the other end, Decordova-Reid burst through and shot, but his effort on goal was well held by Čech.

The result changed hands yet again with nine minutes remaining, as Arsenal went back in front. A clever ball by Lucas Torreira released Lacazette, who used his pace to nip around Sol Bamba and fire a powerful shot into the top corner, changing the dynamic of the match for the final time. The Bluebirds looked to get back in it once again, but Arsenal were able to dominate possession across the backline, giving away very few chances.

City’s final opportunity came in injury-time, when Morrison’s header from a Kenneth Zohore cross went over the bar. The game concluded with Arsenal taking the points, but not without a valiant effort from Warnock’s men. The Premier League now takes a two week break for international matches, but the Bluebirds will return with an away visit to Chelsea on September 15th.

FINAL SCORE CARDIFF CITY 2-3 ARSENAL

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Ralls, Arter, Camarasa (Madine 89’), Hoilett, Decordova-Reid, Ward (Zohore 84’). Subs not used: B. Murphy, Peltier, Cunningham, Paterson, Harris.

Arsenal: Čech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi (Torreira 70’), Ramsey, Özil (Welbeck 84’), Aubameyang ((Mkhitaryan 89’), Lacazette. Subs not used: Leno, Holding, Lichsteiner, Elneny.

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Ticket News

Cardiff City vs. Arsenal: General Allocation Sold Out!

31 August 2018

Tickets for Cardiff City's Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday, 2nd September (1:30pm kick-off) have now sold out.

All of Cardiff City Stadium's hospitality options for this weekend's meeting with the Gunners have also sold out.

Many thanks for your fantastic support!

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