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Aaron Ramsey scored twice on his return to Cardiff City as Arsenal won 3-0 in Wales to move seven points clear—for a day, at least—atop the Premier League.
Ramsey opened the scoring in the 29th minute, heading in Mesut Ozil's cross. Arsenal had to wait until the 86th minute before they could breathe easily when substitute Mathieu Flamini, with shirt sleeves rolled up, hit the second. Ozil assisted for a second time.
Ramsey wrapped up the points in injury time with his second—Arsenal's third—after trading passes with substitute Theo Walcott on a quick break. Ramsey had been warmly applauded by the home supporters on his return to South Wales.
Cardiff's best chance came early in the second half on Fraizer Campbell's close-range header, but Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny made a good reaction save to preserve what was a 1-0 lead at the time.
With the win, Arsenal moved onto 31 points, seven ahead of Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton. Liverpool and Chelsea play Sunday, and Everton won 4-0 at home to Stoke on Saturday.
Cardiff fell to 17th, three points clear of the relegation zone with 13 points.
On target: 4-6