Arsenal - Mesut Ozil tweet underlines title winning mentality

Arsenal 2 - 0 Cardiff City

  • 88" Nicklas Bendtner
  • 92" Theo Walcott

Ref: Jonathan Moss
Attendance: 60,004

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Arsenal beat Cardiff 2-0 with two late goals.

An injury depleted Arsenal made hard work of it against a spirited Cardiff City side, but there was rarely any doubt their class would tell.

Even though the breakthrough came via the unlikely source of Nicklas Bendtner late on, such events are becoming routine for the Gunners.

Dating back to their end of season run last season, Arsenal have discovered a penchant for knocking off their opponents with late goals - much to the relief of nervous supporters.

Without star player Mesut Ozil, Arsenal had struggled to break Cardiff down - who were battling to impress prospective new boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, watching from the stands.

Finding a way however is what champions are made of, and Arsenal in winning the game reclaimed their position at the top of the Premier League table from Manchester City who had won at Swansea earlier in the day.

Ozil, watching on after being sidelined with a shoulder injury prior to the Newcastle game, sent out a message on Twitter after the late drama, one which typified the belief inside the Arsenal camp.

A side continually criticised by observers as having a weak mentality, Arsenal have proved over the festive fixtures they have anything but.

If the necessary reinforcements arrive in January, and Ozil and Ramsey return from injury refreshed, the Gunners may just have the formula required to go on and lift the Premier League trophy in May.

Statistics

Arsenal

Cardiff City

Possession

68.1%
31.9%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Arsenal

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Theo Walcott
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Santiago Cazorla
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Lukas Podolski

Substitutes

  • Nicklas Bendtner
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Serge Gnabry
  • Ryo Miyaichi
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Carl Jenkinson
  • Lukasz Fabianski

Cardiff City

  • David Marshall
  • Steven Caulker
  • Kevin McNaughton
  • Declan John
  • Ben Turner
  • Peter Whittingham
  • Gary Medel
  • Craig Noone
  • Kim Bo-Kyung
  • Jordon Mutch
  • Fraizer Campbell

Substitutes

  • Mark Hudson
  • Andreas Cornelius
  • Aron Gunnarsson
  • Joe Lewis
  • Nicky Maynard
  • Don Cowie
  • Tommy Smith

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