Arsenal vs. Cardiff City: Live Player Ratings for the Gunners

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterJanuary 1, 2014

Arsenal host Cardiff City in the Premier League on New Year's Day.

Will the Gunners be able to stay atop the table? Will Cardiff pull off an upset? 

Check back here for live ratings for Arsenal's players at half-time and full-time.

Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. GMT/ 10 a.m. ET. 

Arsenal Player Ratings vs. Cardiff City
Wojciech Szczesny6.57
Bacary Sagna67
Per Mertesacker6.57
Laurent Koscielny77.5
Nacho Monreal77.5
Mikel Arteta6.57
Mathieu Flamini6.57
Theo Walcott6.58.5
Jack Wilshere78.5
Santi Cazorla68
Lukas Podolski55.5
Nicklas BendtnerN/A7
Tomas RosickyN/A8
Thomas VermaelenN/ANo rating



The teams went into half-time tied 0-0 after a first half that produced few clear-cut chances.


Wojciech Szczesny: Had little to do in the first half. Came off his line alertly to snuff out a counter just before the end of the half.

Bacary Sagna: Took a free kick in the offensive third and showed why that's a rare occurrence.

Per Mertesacker: Cardiff created a few dangerous moments, with Fraizer Campbell, Jordon Mutch and Craig Noone proving a handful for Arsenal's defenders. Mertesacker was booked in the first half for a pull-back on Campbell.

Laurent Koscielny: Made three clearances.

Nacho Monreal: Made five clearances, most in the side.

Mikel Arteta: Set up Walcott for a good chance midway through the half. Led Arsenal with 49 passes completed (92 percent success rate).

Mathieu Flamini: Completed 95 percent of his passes.

Theo Walcott: Without first-choice striker Olivier Giroud in the lineup, Arsenal tried to play long balls over the top to Walcott. The England international showed flashes of his speed and hit a shot into the side netting in the first half. Missed the target with two good chances midway through the half. Walcott is placing himself in good positions, but he needs to finish off a chance.

Jack Wilshere: Playing the No. 10 role, Wilshere made three key passes. Could have won a penalty when felled in the box.

Santi Cazorla: Set up Walcott for a good chance after beating a defender with excellent dribbling.

Lukas Podolski: Despite his strong performance against West Ham on Boxing Day, Podolski is short of match experience after a long injury layoff. He didn't look entirely comfortable as the lone striker in the first half, often dropping quite deep to find the ball. Still, Podolski only needs one touch with his left foot to make a difference. 



Arsenal scored two late goals to seal a deserved—but hard-fought—2-0 win.


Wojciech Szczesny: Made a fine save on Caulker to maintain the clean sheet in stoppage time.

Bacary Sagna: His on-target header led to the breakthrough goal.

Per Mertesacker: Had two excellent chances to put Arsenal ahead with headers. Missed both. The first was an especially bad miss.

Laurent Koscielny: Made 10 clearances in another strong performance.

Nacho Monreal: Combined well with Podolski and Cazorla on the left. Provided danger multiple times with effective crosses from his side.

Mikel Arteta: Completed 96 percent of his 93 passes.

Mathieu Flamini: Completed 96 percent of his passes and made four clearances.

Theo Walcott: Set up Mertesacker for a clear chance with a great cross.

Jack Wilshere: Hit the post with a powerful shot midway through the half. Consistently provided a creative threat until dropping deeper following the introduction of Rosicky. Picked up a deserved assist late in the match.

Santi Cazorla: Provided a consistent creative threat in the second half.

Lukas Podolski: Played a few good combinations, especially with Cazorla. Replaced midway through the half.



Tomas Rosicky: Replaced Flamini as Arsene Wenger attempted to add a bit more creativity to his side. Sure enough, Rosicky livened up the attack immediately.

Nicklas Bendtner: Replaced Podolski midway through the half and gave Arsenal better hold-up play than the German.

Thomas Vermaelen: Replaced Bendtner after the Dane injured himself scoring the breakthrough goal.


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