A late Lacazette winner gives Arsenal the win in a tightly contested, hard-fought battle against newly promoted Cardiff City.
As is now expected from games involving the Gunners, it was far from a cagey affair which was highlighted early on in the first half when Petr Cech misplaced a pass which ended up at the feet of Cardiff’s Harry Arter, who then managed to blaze his effort far over the goal. The away side unsurprisingly had the majority of the ball in the first half, with the front three of Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette creating plenty chances and putting Cardiff under a lot of pressure early on. And Arsenal made this count in the 11th minute when Mustafi got on the end of a perfect Xhaka corner to put his side 1-0 up with a powerful header. However this lead never looked secure due to their defensive frailties and on the stroke of half time Xhaka gave away the ball and a catalogue of defensive errors led to Camarasa finding himself free in the box and equalising for Cardiff.
Warnock’s side realised how good of an opportunity this was for them to get some desperately needed points early on in the season, so they were left frustrated when an hour in, a fabulous bit of play saw that star-studded Arsenal frontline combining and Aubameyang scored a lovely curled effort from the edge of the box, they knew how important it was for them to keep this lead and see out the victory. But as expected coming into this game, Cardiff really exploited the flanks with wide-men Hoilett and Camarasa getting a lot of joy against the Arsenal full backs throughout the game, they increased the pressure they put on that suspect back four and really looked like they would get another, which they did when the home side were given a dubious free-kick to say the least and Danny Ward headed it in for what looked like the deciding goal. It was looking like it would end as another disappointing result for Arsenal until just after the 80th minute when Lacazette ruthlessly smashed the ball past Etheridge at his near post, sealing them their first away win of the season in a scrappy game where Cardiff will likely felt they have missed a huge chance to get a point against a typically vulnerable Arsenal team.