Cardiff 2 Arsenal 3
Camarasa 45+2, Ward 70, Mustafi 11, Aubameyang 62, Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette walloped in the winner in a match of fire and fright at Cardiff. The result was a step in the right direction. Goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ensued that Arsenal emerged from Cardiff with three points. However the home side who hadn’t scored in the Premier League until Sunday came back from a goal down, then at 2-1 to draw level before the Gunners superior fire power gave Unai Emery’s side back to back Premier League wins for the first time. Now for the scary part. Arsenal’s defence remains a basket case. Petr Cech has never been tasked with playing out from the back. Saves and grabbing his side clean sheets have been the hallmark of the giant Czech. Emery’s philosophy urges for playing out from the back, and for Cech that is becoming a concern.

Camarasa and Ward got on the scoresheet and the Gunners were wobbling get with the new play from the back philosophy.

Twice the ploy failed, and twice Cardiff and Harry Afrter should have made the Gunners pay. Yet, survive this wobble the Gunners did, but whilst the attack and midfield are a symphony in rhythm, the four man defence continue to be exposed. Matteo Guendouzi is growing into Premier League life, Granit Xhaka should be ahead of schedule there. An assist for the opener from a corner, the Swiss did at least not succumb to a yellow card or worse. Lucas Torreira came off the bench and not only gave the midfield more bite, he too had an asset for what proved to be the winner from Lacazette.

Emery may be seeing the beginnings of something special, but he is also aware that the Premier League can be unforgiving as the Bluebirds almost proved

The reaction was very important. We have done it in each match, and today it was the same. It was the same (reaction) when we needed to win (this game) after they equalised twice. I think the reaction was very good for continuing with our personality. The most important was to be calm and continue working.

“They found chances and options in the match to score with their attacking movements, and we need to continue to improve in our defensive movements. Also in our box, not conceding these chances to the opposition. Cardiff had strong moments but before that, I think we controlled the match. With this way, we won,” said the Arsenal Head Coach.

Emery started Aubameyang and Lacazette for the first time, and when both your strikers hit the net to earn the three, then that is promising indeed.

“They are playing in the position, they are playing minutes in each match and today they started. We are continuing working on the combination on the pitch between the players, and also keeping our mentality and our ideas.

“Today I think the performance of the two players, with their goals, helped us. We can continue to work to find the best individual performance and quality from each player,” said Emery of his strike force.

Arsenal fans have been voicing their support for a Torreira start, and Emery’s decision to keep him on the sub’s bench have been baffling. Emery tried to explain his rationale behind the midfield conundrum.

“He’s improving and getting to know his teammates. For me, all the minutes he’s playing are very important for the performance. (He needs) to continue working. Every minute they are playing, they are (improving) their performances.

“It’s very important also for me to have another [option] in midfield. Matteo has started very well in the Premier League. Xhaka is very important for us and Elneny is working well every day. We need good players and good commitment when they are on the pitch. Lucas is like that.”

With the Gunners away at Newcastle after the international break, Emery will have little time to get his methods further ingrained in the the first team’s collective minds. Another three points could with a solid defensive display will go a long way to laying down further foundations.