Arsenal 2-1 Cardiff City: 3 reasons why Arsenal won | Premier League 2018-19
Arsenal had to work very hard for a victory over Cardiff at the Emirates. The first half was again dull for the Gunners, just like it has been throughout the season. Ozil’s inclusion in the starting line-up didn’t provide any magic in the first half.
Neil Warnock’s side had some golden opportunities in the first half, and they did not allow Arsenal dictate play. The Gunners meanwhile looked pathetic from open play, but were unlucky not to be given a penalty when Lacazette refused to go down to a bad challenge.
But they did get a penalty in the second half, and they played with more freedom after the first goal. Iwobi's inclusion in the second half gave them the much needed impetus to push for the second goal, which they eventually got through Lacazette.
Here are three reasons why Arsenal won the tough match.
#1 The Lacazette and Aubameyang partnership
Lacazette had a chance in the first half to go down from a challenge and earn a penalty, but as he has shown in previous matches, he always tries to get up and score. Other than that, Arsenal did not have anything to cheer for in the first half. But the second half saw the strike force of Lacazette and Aubameyang combine well, as they created some good chances.
Aubameyang scored via a penalty, but it was Lacazette’s goal which had class written all over it. The strike force is one of the best in the Premier League, and after a lot of experimentation, Emery has found a way to fit both in the starting 11.
Aubameyang has been finding it tough to score from open play lately, but then Lacazette has taken the responsibility to score some belters, and has really eased the pressure upfront. Only time will tell if both can get 20 goals each this season.