Arsenal secured back to back wins after they won 3-2 away at Cardiff. Here are five things we learned.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
It is seemingly clear to everyone, except Unai Emery, that Petr Cech cannot play out from the back. He has had more than enough time to get used to Emery’s system but he continues to make silly mistakes which put Arsenal under pressure. Football tips sites did advise backing Arsenal.
At 36 years of age, Cech is unable to adapt and should, therefore, be dropped. Bernd Leno, a goalkeeper who can play out from the back, must be wondering what he has to do to get a start for Arsenal.
Plenty of positives for Cardiff despite defeat
Cardiff became the 92nd and final team to score a league goal this season when they scored twice against Arsenal. They could have scored even more if Harry Arter didn’t keep blasting the ball over.
The Bluebirds forced Arsenal into mistakes and created more than enough chances. They scored from two of their three shots on target but had 14 shots in total, highlighting the numerous efforts they made to score.
Neil Warnock won’t be pleased that his side conceded three goals but at least they are finally off the mark.
Torreira should start instead of Xhaka
Emery signed Torreira but has yet to start him in the league this season. Torreira was brought on for Xhaka in the first two games but he should be in the starting 11. When Torreira came on for Guendouzi against Cardiff, he assisted Lacazette’s winning goal.
The diminutive Uruguayan made such a difference, playing quick passes and driving forward, making it even more bemusing that he didn’t start.
Granit Xhaka has the odd good game but more often than not, he is all over the place. He flies into tackles that he has no chance of winning and constantly picks up silly yellow cards. Arsenal need a strong, solid defensive midfielder and Xhaka isn’t up to standard.
Cardiff’s losing streak against Arsenal continues
The last time Cardiff took three points off Arsenal was February 1961 when they recorded a 3-2 away win. Since then, the Bluebirds are winless in their last 14 games against the Gunners in all competitions (D5 L9).
While it was a strong performance from Cardiff, it still wasn’t enough to get that elusive win against an Arsenal side who were there for the taking.
Lacazette and Aubameyang show why they should play together
Emery had ruled out starting Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang together, but he clearly changed his mind as the duo started against Cardiff. Both players were looking for their first goal of the season and both of them got on the scoresheet.
Aubameyang’s goal was assisted by Lacazette through great link-up play involving Mesut Ozil. They led the line well and proved that they can form a fruitful partnership. Aubamayeang has scored the most Premier League goals for Arsenal in 2018 (11) while Lacazette is second on the list with six.