Arsenal player ratings vs Cardiff City: The partnership prevails

by Leon Thompson September 3, 2018, 2:19
Arsenal player ratings vs Cardiff City: The partnership prevails

Xhaka has split opinion among fans ever since arriving in a big-money deal from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2016 but it seems a growing number are now exhausted of the Swiss international's errors.

Emery is seeking to impose a high pressing game at Arsenal where the goalkeeper is expected to be assured in possession and build play from the back, but Cech demonstrated anxiety in early season games against Manchester City and West Ham - and his errors almost cost Arsenal against Cardiff. The most important thing for us was to stay calm.

Some fans labelled it a "disgraceful pass" while others said Xhaka is "terrible" and Arsenal's "worst player".

Emery started Alexandre Lacazette for the first time this season, and he responded by setting up one goal and scoring the victor in the 81st minute.

Emery's visitors regained the lead with nine minutes remaining through a powerful near-post finish by Alexandre Lacazette.

Emery keeps faith with Petr Cech between the sticks, while in defence he picks Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi as the centre-back pairing. The same can be said of Aaron Ramsey, who faces his former club when he returns to the Cardiff City Stadium.

Starting off with a negative, but it's a tale of Arsenal's season.

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Arsenal looked good on the ball but Emery still has plenty of work to do defensively as they gave too much space for the Cardiff forwards.

Both the Gabonese worldwide and Frenchman were still seeking their first goals of the season.

FW Alexandre Lacazette, 8 - Finally got a starting place and nearly repaid Emery handsomely on 33 minutes when smacking a shot off the post.

62' GOAL! Aubameyang makes it count! "I like this spirit and also the possibility to play for the first 11 is okay".

Arsenal did eventually regain the lead in the 62nd minute when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed an excellent passing move by firing the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Lucas Torreira (on for Guendouzi, 71), N/A - Claimed the assist for Lacazette and generally impressed.

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