Report: Arsenal 4-0 Cardiff City
By Randy Osae
Some things are just meant to be.
Football kibitzers have craved the sight of Eduardo da Silva kicking again whether in red and white or not. But indeed when fully unleashed on Monday night, the actual script unraveled better dreams.
Eduardo did not just run about to mark his Arsenal return after a long, dim year out, he notched a brace – helping Arsenal advance to the FA Cup’s fifth round in the most emphatic fashion.
All before today, this had been the merriest of fairy tales.
But besides all those exploits of the Croatian, ask regulars at the Emirates Stadium and learn confessions that today’s prolifically had been one thing missing for a while now.
Bendtner was joined upfront by the auspicious presence of Eduardo. That was additional to some expected changes Wenger made. Carlos Vela finally started only his second non-Carling Cup game as a left-winger, while Fabianski and Gibbs served as ordinary deputies for Almunia and Clichy respectively.
You sensed Eduardo’s return would buoy Arsenal’s lumpish men. And it did just that. The Gunners set the pace from beginning as Bendtner headed Sagna’s cross waving the near post.
Then Vela’s 30-yard drive demanded a punch from Heaton who could still scramble a follow-up from Bendtner. Gallas made most of a Vela cross moments later, but his header – drifting low to the corner of the net – was met by the goalkeeper’s knee.
Eduardo had also made warm tries at goal earlier on, but capitalized another Arsenal move, not with that popular left-foot of his but the head that endured aches of the past 12 months.
The 25-year-old fed Vela through on the left, raced into the box and nodded his Mexican teammate’s cross on the move.
Nasri then initiated a spell of massive bombardment by Arsenal at Heaton with a long-range effort which was barely grasped by Cardiff’s stopper. Arsenal’s French youngster still proved influential in what would be the game’s lethal twist. He swung in a corner-kick on 34 minutes and Bendtner leapt highest, glancing a header home.
After just faintly notching in that goal, Bendtner would be guilty of a far less fortuitous touch moments later. The Dane made successive follow-ups after Vela’s close-range effort was saved, but from merely inches out, he would hit the post and then horribly against the keeper.
Jay Bothroyd felt the need to test Fabianski from 25-yards out nearly at the hour mark, but to be honest, that was very occasional.
A couple of minutes later, Eduardo was found tangling with Rae in the 18-yard box. Considering the more protection he will attract when fouled these days, referee Mark Hasley rightfully rewarded Edaurdo a spot-kick. And he converted it with aplomb – cheekily for a double.
He was then given a breather 23 minutes from time with Van Persie on while Nasri and Vela went off for Ramsey and Bischoff’s cameos.
At the death, Arsenal’s Dutch hot-rod and Eduardo’s substitute rapped up matters. Van Persie was sent free just into the box and he lashed the ball through the legs of Heaton.
That was the elated end to a day and hopefully the beginning of a season’s new shift.
Good game for Bendtner overshadowed by Eduardo’s return
well said Randy, well said. I posted it here earlier, but it seemed like we had a passion and a fire today to prove the naysayers wrong about our current form/squad. It looked like they wanted to prove a point and let everyone know that you shouldn’t sleep on this team.
The team looked good, but then again it was against Cardiff (sp) the only thing I saw that seemed to be a problem was Denilson and song shouldn’t be playing at the same time, they are CDM’s and they don’t have the flow as Nasri or Cesc have. I think you need to play one of them and bring in AA or pust Nasri in the middle with them.
And surprised by Nicholas today, he showed me something I haven’t seen in him before, passion and willingness to go to goal. It was nice to see him charge the net and I think Ady might be a little worried with the way our strikers are playing.
I also find it funny how I was questioning AW and who he plays and who he brings in, but man that guy is a genious and everyone should be kissing his ball sac as he is the face of this club and the reason we are where we are today.
Job well done Gunners, lets keep this mo rolling and stomp Sunderland, Fulham, West Brom and Blackburn and get back into 4th spot.
Spot on USA. I’m unavailable for games during the week that’s why you didn’t get a response from me on the LIVE stream request. And inevitably, my match reports end up late.
But all I can say is GUNNERS WERE GREAT!!!!!!
Now it’s ‘not get well soon Dudu’, it’s Welcome back!!!
We’ve always believed
happy to see Dudu score 2 goals. Bendtner n RvP as well. Im also happy to see bischoff!
you can see the whole team got lifted with eduardo on the team. bendtner had a good game, he maybe unlucky because eduardo will get all the headlines, but wenger won’t miss his contribution. i don’t agree bendtner better than adebayor but at least he get into position to score goals not like adebayor. maybe he should start more often. i think song and denilson done well especially denilson, his work rate was amazing. if he add more tenacity to his game, he is as good as flamini, with a bit of flair. bischoff shows some good touch, not as good as nasri but decent back up to have. i realized gallas got better since now he talk less and concentrate more. toure got better as well, he seems to regain his confidence that loss just after ACN 08. fabianski is a really good gk. definitely arsenal first choice in a couple of years to come. gibbs still don’t play at his usual self, he just play it safe. should take a bit risk with his passing and dribbling. he can do that, he got the ability but just lack confidence to do so. overall, i think we all just saw the old arsenal of last season before eduardo injured, great to watch.
I didn’t expect to read some Yiddish on Arsenal Spot. More likely to hear that at the Lane, I think.
After what Eduardo went through last year and being able to score again,we should all share with him this moment of joy and victory.
You a real problem Aidan.
I really liked bendtner in this game but shortly after I read a report on espn where bendtner said I should play every minute of every game and that he should be considered as the first choice of the strikers!!
WHAT AN ASS !!!!!!!
He has massive potiential but RELAX on the EGO boy, who does he think he is ??????
I almost hate him again !
yo, think a little before reacting to dumb reports. bendtner cleared things up on the official website. he has a good noggin on his shoulders