Lacazette lifts Emery as Arsenal subdue gritty Cardiff

Iwobi Absent As Arsenal Edge Cardiff City In 5 Goal Thriller

Arsenal have officially revealed their starting eleven and substitutes to lock horns with Neil Warnock's Cardiff City side this afternoon.

Arsenal got their first away victory of the season as Unai Emery's men went on to seal a hard fought victory against Cardiff City. With Aubameyang on the left flank, it could mean a start for Alexandre Lacazette as Arsenal's central striker, with Danny Welbeck, his deputy from the bench.

Cardiff's persistence paid off as Benett's cross found Victor Camarasa, who spun away from Nacho Monreal before firing past Cech at the far post.

Aubameyang scored the second for Arsenal with a sublime curling effort from outside the 18-yard area.

Warnock also insisted his job to keep Cardiff up is tougher than Emery's at Arsenal.

It was the first time the two had started a competitive game together under Emery.


Trying to avoid their first defeat to Cardiff since February 11, 1961, a span of 14 meetings, Arsenal opened the scoring with a goal from Shkodran Mustafi, who headed home from 10 yards after Granit Xhaka swung in a corner. Emery is still feeling his way into this job and much more work is needed on the defence.

Inside the first minute of the game, Cech was nearly dispossessed in his own six yard box by Cardiff's Bobby Reid, and then a pass across his own goalmouth was a whisker away from being intercepted by Danny Ward.

Messi made it 1-1 in the 16th minute - weaving his way past, around and through four defenders before firing a pinpoint strike past the goalkeeper - followed by the own goal (Jorge Pulido) in the 24th.

81' GOAL! Lacazette makes the difference again today! But they managed to get two against Arsenal's defence, which has been terrible all four games so far this season. Arsenal need to sort these defensive problems out soon.

Then just six minutes later, Cech - again - nearly gifted Cardiff their first goal of the season, when his forced misplaced pass fell straight to Harry Arter who subsequently fired the ball way over the crossbar.

But it looks like he has still not impressed Emery enough to be a starter for Arsenal.

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