Cardiff 0 Arsenal 3 – Ramsey at the double against former club
The Gunners went seven points clear at the top of the Premier League thanks to a well-deserved victory at the Cardiff City Stadium.
November 30th, 2013
Aaron Ramsey started his career with the South Wales club and returned to haunt his former outfit, with the midfielder opening the scoring with an excellent header before adding gloss to the scoreline with the visitors in cruise control.
Arsenal created plenty of chances throughout the ninety minutes and should have gone ahead early in the encounter when Olivier Giroud failed to play to the whistle after the Cardiff defence has stood still.
Jack Wilshere had previously clipped the crossbar from a Ramsey pass although the latter was to break the deadlock when rising near the penalty spot to convert Mesut Ozil’s cross with his head.
Substitute Mathieu Flamini latched on to another Mesut Ozil pass to double Arsenal’s lead in the second half as Cardiff started to tire, with Ramsey taking advantage of a Theo Walcott pass to make it three for the Gunners and put pressure on the Premier League title contenders in action on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Ramsey after the game, telling Sky Sports: “I think that two or three years ago he wasn’t capable of playing just his game.
“Everyone was impressed by the occasion, so it just shows you how mature he is now. He just came here today, played his game as he does usually and scored two great goals.”
The Frenchman also praised Ozil’s contribution: “Mesut has that in him, at any moment he can kill you with a pass.
“Today, even though he was one of those players that looked a little bit tired at some stage, overall the team was efficient.”