Preview - Cardiff City vs Arsenal 02 September 18

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Match Day 4
Cardiff City vs Arsenal
Sunday, September 2nd,  2018
21:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City:   
Last five matches form: W D L D D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.50
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.85
Top Scorer 17/18: Calum Paterson (10)
Last five matches form: L W L L W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.94
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.34
Top Scorer 17/18: Alexandre Lacazette (14)

Cardiff are granted their next chance to get a first win of the Premier League season on the board this coming Sunday. It likely won't be easy though as it is Unai Emery and Arsenal who come calling to the Cardiff City Stadium.

Cardiff have done remarkably well to pick up two points from their three games so far, especially considering they haven't yet managed to score a goal in 270 minutes of Premier League football. They did register in midweek in the Carabao Cup, but still went down 3-1 at home to Norwich City.

Arsenal lost to Manchester City in their opener as expected, before going down 3-2 away at Chelsea. They probably had enough chances to win three games at Stamford Bridge though and were unlucky to come away with nothing. Having bashed West Ham 3-1 last time out, they will be looking to keep the momentum going here.

Aron Gunnarsson and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing are out for Cardiff. The Gunners must make do without Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Carl Jenkinson.

Cardiff have shown so little going forward to date that it's tough to be confident that they will get anything from any game. Blanking Newcastle United and Huddersfield in their two most recent games is all well and good but trying to shut out what is still a talented Gunners side is likely to prove a tougher task altogether. The home side look overmatched here.

Prediction: Cardiff City 0 - 3 Arsenal


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots:  10 - 14
Shots on target: 3 - 10
Corner Kicks: 3 - 9
Possession: 36% - 64%

Referee Anthony Taylor was certainly kept busy in this one. Junior Hoilett, Victor Camarasa and Harry Arter were all booked for the home side, with Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka of Arsenal also all having their names taken

Well Cardiff City remembered how to score a goal in this one. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep the back door sufficiently secure to take anything from the game. A close run thing for the Gunners in the end, but they did deserve to take all three points.

It is Cardiff who were doing most of the early defending and in just the 11th minute Arsenal made that pressure pay. Shkodran Mustafi meeting a Granit Xhaka corner from the left with a thumping header into the top corner.

Arsenal continued to take the game to their hosts. Alexandre Lacazette going close when crashing an effort against the post from range.

Cardiff were never completely overwhelmed and had threatened on the counter attack before their equaliser arrived right on the stroke of half-time. Joe Bennett's cross from the left-hand side evading all bar Victor Camarasa who controlled, span, and thumped an effort into the back of the net from around seven yards.

Arsenal restored their advantage in the 62nd minute. Picking the ball up around twenty yards from goal in a central area, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired a fine curling strike into the right-hand corner.

Eight minutes later we were all square again. A succession of long balls, free kicks, corners and throw-ins into the Arsenal box finally reaping their reward. Danny Ward latching on to a header back across goal by Sean Morrison to head in off the left hand upright.

The winner came in the 81st minute and it was Arsenal who grabbed it. Played in outside the six-yard box to the right hand side, Lacazette unleashed a pile driver to the top corner, beating Neil Etheridge at his near post. 2-3 final score.

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