Arsenal attained their second straight victory of the Premier League campaign as they secured a 3-2 triumph over Cardiff City on the road. The north London side were the dominant side for most of the first period after Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring but they were pegged by a Bobby Reid equaliser before the interval. Thereafter, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners the lead again which was levelled by Danny Ward, but ultimately Alexandre Lacazette popped up with the winner nine minutes from time.
Three things we learned:
Alexandre Lacazette impresses upfront: For the first three games of the season, Unai Emery made the choice to start Lacazette from the substitutes’ bench but the Frenchman nevertheless made an impact when called upon. As such, the 27-year-old was handed his maiden league start of the campaign versus Cardiff and he did not disappoint with a goal and an assist to boost. His hold-up and combination play with Aubameyang was also impressive during certain stages of the game and the form of the duo could be influential towards the club’s aim of finishing in the top four.
Lucas Torreira gets another game from the bench: Summer signing Lucas Torreira may have not receive a start under Emery but he has put in some match-defining performances off the bench. In the games versus Manchester City and Chelsea, the Uruguayan appeared to be settling to the surroundings but he has since come up with a better showing. Against West Ham, Torreira was indirectly involved in the lead-up to the final goal and he has since continued his impression by laying the assist for Lacazette’s powerful winner at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Cardiff City take some positives despite defeat: Cardiff failed to secure a victory for the fourth league game on the bounce this season but there were plenty of positives in terms of their forward play. Unai Emery’s side have looked vulnerable when it comes to their defensive showing but nonetheless, the Bluebirds had to take advantage of their chances which they did on a couple of occasions. Neil Warnock’s side managed to score their first two Premier League goals since 2014 on Sunday but they could not share the spoils with Harry Arter in particular being guilty of missing a glorious chance which was gifted to him by goalkeeper Petr Cech.
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