Nov 30, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Cardiff City Stadium
CardiffCardiff City
FT(HT: 0-1)
Ramsey (29', 92'), Flamini (86')
Gibbs (33'), Arteta (79'), Ramsey (89')

Half-Time Report: Aaron Ramsey nods Arsenal ahead against Cardiff City

A first-half header from Aaron Ramsey gives Arsenal a 1-0 lead over Cardiff City at half time in the Premier League.

Arsenal are leading Cardiff City 1-0 at half time as the sides meet in the Premier League this afternoon, thanks to a first-half header from Aaron Ramsey.

Ben Turner of Cardiff City watches as the ball goes over the crossbar after a challenge with Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal (grounded) during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Arsenal at Cardiff City Stadium on November 30, 2013© Getty Images

The away side almost took the lead after just two minutes when Jack Wilshere collected the ball from Ramsey outside the box, before unleashing a wild shot that cannoned back off the crossbar much to the dismay of the England midfielder.

The referee had to oversee a lengthy delay soon after when Per Mertesacker picked up a troublesome injury, which saw the German centre-back needing treatment for a bleeding head.

Cardiff spurned a great opportunity straight after the stoppage when Kevin Theophile-Catherine whipped in a cross for Fraizer Campbell, but the striker headed over with Jordan Mutch coming in behind.

Arsenal were in control of possession throughout the half and they finally took the lead through Ramsey, who got onto a cross from Mesut Ozil to head home, leading to muted celebrations from the Welshman.

Olivier Giroud looked to add a second for the Gunners just before the break having been found by Kieran Gibbs, but his left-footed shot from a difficult angle was blocked.

Manager Arsene Wenger of Arsenal celebrates after Olivier Giroud of Arsenal equalises making it 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2013
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