Lacazette makes the most of his options
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.”