Sky Sports pundit singles out two match winners against Cardiff

Sky Sports pundit singles out two match winners against Cardiff

Sky Sports pundit singles out two match winners against Cardiff

Arsenal recorded its first win against West Ham last weekend and will be looking to continue in the same vein when the Gunners travel to Cardiff on Sunday.

Mesut Ozil is back in the starting eleven after recovering from illness and Unai Emery has chose to start the German playmaker ahead of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in attack today.

Arsenal possible starting XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang.

DF Nacho Monreal, 5 - Could have got on the scoresheet when he was alert to a mistake from Bruno Manga in the box on 15 minutes but saw his effort saved.

But Cardiff were level eight minutes later when Sean Morrison beat Ramsey in an aerial mismatch from Joe Ralls' free-kick.

Cech was closed down on two occasions before presenting Harry Arter with a clear opportunity that the on-loan Bournemouth midfielder was unable to take.

The pressure told after 62 minutes when Lacazette touched Ozil's pass onto Aubameyang and the Gabon forward found the bottom corner of Etheridge's net from 20 yards. Alexandre Lacazette came closest when his shot rebounded off the post as Cardiff grew into the match.

After a shaky start, Unai Emery's men broke the deadlock on 12 minutes when Shkodran Mustafi powered home a header from Granit Xhaka's corner.

The France global earned his first start of the campaign on Sunday and walked away with the man-of-the-match award for a super all-round display, capped by his winning goal nine minutes from time.

Etheridge then kept out another Mustafi header 15 minutes from time as Arsenal looked for a third, with a low cross from Bellerin nearly falling for Ramsey during an open spell.

Arsenal took the lead for a third time in the 82nd minute though, with Lacazette firing into the top corner after turning inside the Cardiff box once again, and that proved to be the victor at the Cardiff City Stadium.

At times it appeared the new Arsenal manager would witness old issues undermine his side as they were pegged back, leaving Emery in no doubt about the strengths and weaknesses in his squad.

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