Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Cardiff v Arsenal Preview, Team News, Line-Up and Score Prediction

Cardiff v Arsenal Preview, Team News, Line-Up and Score Prediction

The victory keeps Barca flawless on the league season - three wins in three games - and boosts Ernesto Valverde's side's goal differential to a league-leading +10 in the process, two better than second-place Real Madrid, who also have nine points from their first three games.

Cardiff had waited 1,597 days since their last Premier League goal, including three frustrating matches this season, before Victor Camarasa and Danny Ward found the net against the Gunners.

MD Aaron Ramsey, 7 - was sacked up from the word go against his former side and nearly scored on nine minutes from a clever corner routine.

Cardiff were sensing a famous win at that point - but substitute Lucas Torreira soon set up for Lacazette to score his first goal of the season with a thumping near-post finish.

Lacazette's performance was a huge boost for Arsenal as he showed what he is capable of from the start.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech looked especially uncomfortable as he made two errors in distribution while under pressure in the 3-2 win, but Emery backed his goalkeeper to continue and improve. Cardiff City were giving everything, coming back twice, but in the end quality paid off. And one positive we learned from his performance is that his distribution is much better from his hands.

Cardiff were having their moments, however, and Reid tested Cech with a strike in the 79th minute. The same can be said of Aaron Ramsey, who faces his former club when he returns to the Cardiff City Stadium. "I think we controlled the match 70 per cent on the 90 minutes".

Aubameyang restored Arsenal's lead in the 62nd minute, scoring his first goal of the season after Lacazette laid off for his teammate at the top of the area.

Cech nearly made a mistake within the first 30 seconds of the match, hesitating on the ball near his goal line before just evading capture and embarrassment from the Cardiff attack.

There have been calls from some sections of the Arsenal support that their new signing Bernd Leno should be given the opportunity to start in goal for the Gunners. They were gifted chances here and Arter could easily have punished Cech's early mistake, while Morrison's late header could still have snatched a point, but they were left empty-handed despite creating enough chances for a handful of goals.

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