La­cazette makes the most of his op­tions

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

UNAI EMERY hailed Alexan­dre La­cazette’s “big ca­pac­ity” to score af­ter he net­ted a bril­liant win­ner for Arse­nal against Cardiff.

La­cazette struck a rasp­ing shot high into Cardiff ’s net nine min­utes from time at the Cardiff City Sta­dium as Arse­nal edged a Pre­mier League thriller.

Shko­dran Mustafi and Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang – with his 150th goal in the top five leagues of Euro­pean foot­ball – twice gave the Gun­ners the lead be­fore La­cazette struck.

Vic­tor Ca­ma­rasa and Danny Ward grabbed equalis­ers as Cardiff scored their first goals since re­turn­ing to the Pre­mier League, but Arse­nal held on for only their sec­ond away league win in 2018.

“I know him (La­cazette) from Lyon,” Emery said. “He has a big ca­pac­ity to score when he is in the box.

“We gave him good op­tions to score, and to­day he showed us what he could do, and it is good for his con­fi­dence. What hap­pened on the pitch is good for the con­fi­dence of the team.

“The char­ac­ter is very im­por­tant and that we show it each match. It was the same when we needed to win af­ter the first two games, to be calm, which is the most im­por­tant thing.”

Cardiff have claimed just two points from their first four league games, but man­ager Neil Warnock was heart­ened by the per­for­mance.

“I was very proud of them,” said Warnock. “We aren’t good enough to park the bus, we would have lost 1, 2 or 3-0, so we de­cided to have a go.

“It was old fash­ioned stuff to­day, we at­tacked when we could. We had a lot of plans that came off to­day. I would take 0-0 ev­ery time, but I would rather en­joy watch­ing my team.

That’s how foot­ball should be – it can be too neg­a­tive at times. We had some great chances to­day. I can’t re­mem­ber how many times I had my head in my hands.”

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