Ozil steals the show
Arsenal FC narrowly defeated a very good Cardiff City side as it was a typical "1-0 to the Arsenal" victory. This game was highly anticipated for many reasons. One reason was that this was Cardiff City's first game in the premier league, secondly because roughly 26,000 people would watch Mesut Ozil play for Arsenal for the first time, in the premier league and thirdly it was Arsenal's first game in over 17 years without Arséne Wenger as their manager.
Going into the game, Arsenal were always said to be the favourites but Cardiff weren't prepared to allow that to get to their heads, they were ready to fight and try and defeat Arsenal in front of their home fans. The game saw plenty of debuts, including Ozil, Flamini, Cornelius, Odemwingie, Cauker and a few more. However players such as Emiliano Viviano and Oscar Cardozo did not make their debuts.
Arsenal kicked off and immediately looked the better side, the difference in class between the two teams was evident. Arsenal were dominating and playing some beautiful football. While they game was going on Wenger was spotted in the stands on his mobile phone, sorting out transfer deals we suspect?
Cardiff were granted a few sniffs at goal due to some smart play and sloppy defending but Peter Odemwingie failed to convert. Then it happened, the moment all Arsenal fans would have been dreaming of! Sagna crossed the ball in and Olivier Giroud darted to the near post but his shot hit the upright, Ozil was in the right position at the right time and smashed the ball into the net and celebrated with his new teammates. Ozil chant's started and it would turn out to be a wonderful day for the German international.
From that point onwards, it would be all Arsenal as they dominated throughout. Ozil showed fans his true quality with some excellent footwork and amazing passes. Arsenal would win the way 1-0 and get the three points, a very good start to the season.
After the match we got some brief words from Dragan Stokjovic who seemed very happy with his team's performance, here's what he had to say:
"I'm happy with our performance, we played very well, even if we only scored one goal I'm ok with it. We didn't concede which is a very good thing showing we're getting stronger at the back."
When asked about what he thought about Ozil's performance:
"It was world class, world class. He proved why we paid so much money for him, I'm very pleased with his performance and congratulations to him for getting a goal on his debut."
Finally we asked Dragan if we should be expecting any transfers, his reply:
"Obviously I can't comment on that but I can say the fans should be very happy come the next few days. For now we focus on our champions league game vs Ajax, which will be a tough fixture."
Like Dragan said, next up for Arsenal is a trip to Amsterdam where they face Ajax in a champions league qualifying match.