Lacazette strike gives Arsenal victory away to Cardiff

Arsenal team news Alexandre Lacazette

The first half naturally saw Arsenal take control of the possession, with the hosts seeking to counter at any given opportunity.

"We should have taken the chances we had, but the lads are giving me everything".

Etheridge was alert to the danger in the 54th minute when he parried away Mustafi's header at the back post from a corner, before getting down to save Monreal's right-footed shot second later. "He can come and play for me if he wants".

Cardiff City had not scored a goal this season coming into this game.

Cardiff scored their first Premier League goal of the season on their 41st attempt. However, once again, Cardiff fought back and got their second of the afternoon thanks to a great header from Danny Ward. It was a cagey affair at times, with the majority of the match being held at a stalemate. In fact, Xhaka's error lead to Cardiff's first goal.

The combination of Gabonese striker Pierre Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front was superb for the Gunners in this match at the Cardiff City stadium.

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However Lacazette had the final say when he thundered a strike past Etheridge to get the goal his performance deserved.

Perhaps they should start together more often?

One player who did have a reasonably solid game at the heart of Arsenal's back four, though, was goalscorer Shkodran Mustafi.

While noting that he is pleased with all his players who have all been working hard in the past few weeks, the Spanish manager pointed at Torreira as an exciting player and a good prospect. They were gifted chances here and Arter could easily have punished Cech's early mistake, while Morrison's late header could still have snatched a point, but they were left empty-handed despite creating enough chances for a handful of goals. Cech could, and should, have been punished. Emery has struggled to fit all of Arsenal's high-priced stars on the field at the same time. Arsenal need to sort these defensive problems out soon.

If Gunners fans hoped the end of Arsenal Wenger's reign would cure the brittleness of their team, they received a clear reminder in the Welsh capital that Emery has much work to do to add the requisite resilience to his side.

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