English Premier League match report Cardiff City v Arsenal 02 September 2018

English Premier League match report Cardiff City v Arsenal 02 September 2018

Xhaka has split opinion among fans ever since arriving in a big-money deal from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2016 but it seems a growing number are now exhausted of the Swiss international's errors.

Cardiff entered the game as the only team in the top four English leagues who had yet to score a league goal this season, so it must have felt like a blessing coming up against Arsenal's notoriously shaky defence.

Cardiff knew Cech's discomfort with the ball at his feet was a weakness to exploit and the 37-year-old either nearly lost the ball inside his area or passed it straight to an opposition player three times inside the opening 15 minutes of the game.

But Ozil's Arsenal career remains unfulfilled and Wenger's approach to getting the best out of a player who has rarely dominated games for his club in the way he has often done for his country has understandably been questioned.

Prior to this match, Cardiff had kept two consecutive clean sheets against both Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town, but that record was quickly terminated.

The Gunners boss was impressed by the attacking midfielder in pre-season and is expected to hand him some game time this term. Cech could, and should, have been punished.

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Ramsey began his career at Cardiff, leaving for Arsenal in 2008, and Warnock says he would not blame the Welshman if he is "nervous" about returning. All of Arsenal's current injury problems are to defenders, with the big worries being Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles as they are only alternatives to Nacho Monreal at left-back.

The hosts certainly had their chances in the first half, with Ward, Reid and Hoilett coming close for Warnock's tenacious side.

Cardiff equalised shortly before half-time through Victor Camarasa.

Cardiff again came from behind to level in the 70th minute, however, with Danny Ward angling a brilliant header into the bottom corner after Morrison had made first contact.

Arsenal looked good on the ball but Emery still has plenty of work to do defensively as they gave too much space for the Cardiff forwards.

Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Granit Xhaka struggles to produce energetic performances for Arsenal in midfield. As a result of that, he was deservedly given a start today by coach Unai Emery.

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