Arsenal secured their second straight league win under the guidance of Unai Emery after they beat Cardiff City by a 3-2 scoreline. The north London giants were once vulnerable on the defensive front but they were nevertheless able to secure the three points after some quality finishing from the frontmen.
Three things we learned:
Aubameyang and Lacazette should start together: Since the start of the season, there had been much outcry from the Gunners supporters to witness both Aubameyang and Lacazette start together. The move eventually happened against Cardiff but the pair made their opportunity by contributing a goal each. Lacazette was however the one who stole the highlight with an assist and a powerful strike to beat the keeper, which eventually turned out as the match winner. Lacazette has now contributed eight goals and two assists from his previous nine starts for the north London giants and he has pretty much cemented his starting spot for the time being.
Lucas Torreira impresses once more: Summer signing Lucas Torreira may have started from the bench since the start of the season and he has certainly impressed with his cameo appearances. Against West Ham United, the Uruguayan was hugely involved in the lead-up to the Gunners’ third goal and he managed to replicate the showing at Cardiff, where he put Lacazette through to secure the winning strike. Compared to Mateo Guendouzi, Torreira has shown a better success with his forward distribution and surely, Unai Emery must be thinking of offering him a maiden start following the international break.
Cardiff City open their goal tally for the season: Compared to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham, Cardiff were pretty much limited with their spending during the summer. As such, their struggles were evident in the opening three matches where they could not find the scoresheet but they managed to break the duck against Emery’s men. Though the Gunners are prone to making defensive mistakes, Cardiff need to impose themselves upfront and they certainly managed in periods against the Gunners as they came from behind on two occasions. They could have got something from the game, had Harry Arter capitalised on the early opportunity gifted by goalkeeper Petr Cech.
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