This was a game in which football was put into perspective. Both sets of fans gave minutes applause for Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson whose airplane went missing just over a week ago.
Plus Arsenal put Sala’s name in the team sheet on the back of the programme next to a daffodil, a nice touch.
Me, Dan, Alex and Dave went to Wetherspoons before the game and I managed to grab a halloumi wrap and a pint of IPA for under ten pound. A bargain by London standards.
Then it was onto the tube to the Emirates, which was so crammed my face was nearly squished against the window.
Once we got off I met Morgan with his Arsenal beanie by the Tony Adams statue, and we went in. Morgan kindly bought me a cider but I was two pints in, so drinking it wouldn’t have been the best idea.
At times during the first half it looked like Cardiff would take the lead. Omar Niasse led the line well for the Bluebirds and Bobby Reid missed a couple of half chances including a half-volley which flashed wide.
Arsenal were controlling the game, but pretty slow in possession. The returning Mesut Ozil put a dangerous ball in which was cleared by Mo Bamba.
I visited the Emirates earlier this season to watch Arsenal play Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League. That was a 0-0, and it half time it looked like the game was destined to finish that way.
Unai Emery brought on Alex Iwobi for Mohamed Elneny at the break, and it was a change which paid dividends, with the Nigerian offering an extra attacking outlet.
But after 65 minutes, Bruno Ecuele Manga took down Saed Kolasinac and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang slotted home the penalty.
17 minutes later it was two. Alexandre Lacazette was allowed to waltz into the penalty area before finishing low and hard past Neil Etheridge.
One thing that really struck me about the Arsenal fans was the amount they get on their players backs. Even though they were 2-0 up every miscontrolled ball and wayward pass was met with outrage by some of those watching on.
Cardiff did make things nervy for the home side late on when Nathaniel Mendez-Lang scored the best goal of the night – cutting inside prior to finding the bottom corner in stoppage time.
However, a Cardiff equalizer wasn’t to be and Arsenal maintained their top four ambitions with the points.