Arsenal kicked off 2014 with three points as two late goals secured a 2-0 win over Cardiff City at the Emirates Stadium.

Nicklas Bendtner scored the opener in the 88th minute after the Dane blasted in the rebound from Bacary Sagna's shot, however Bendtner managed to injure himself whilst celebrating and joins Arsenal's growing injury list.

The second goal came three minutes later after Jack Wilshere played a fantastic ball to England winger Theo Walcott, who chipped the ball over David Marshall to seal the win and top spot in the Premier League for the Gunners.

For the majority of the game, it looked as if Arsene Wenger's side were going to slip down to third place in the league as the North London side missed chance after chance to take the lead. Both Wilshere and Per Mertesacker hit the post in the second half as Arsenal put increasing pressure on the Bluebirds,

With main striker Olivier Giroud out with an ankle injury, the role of main striker was given to German international Lukas Podolski, who made his first start since August. However, the he was taken off in the second half.

Arsenal's striker troubles continue to mount with Bendtner the latest casualty. This could be enough for Arsene Wenger to spend during the January transfer window with players such as Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata and Atlético Madrid's highly-rated striker Diego Costa being linked with moves to the Emirates.

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