Report: Arsenal 2-1 Cardiff (inc goals)

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arsenal 2-0 cardiff 2019

Arsenal: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Guendouzi, Elneny, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs: Cech, Jenkinson, Mavropanos, Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Nketiah

Arsenal ground out three points against Cardiff City at the Emirates this evening, as second half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette banished memories of a dismal first half and ensured the three points put Unai Emery’s team level with 4th placed Chelsea.

Unai Emery recalled Mesut Ozil to the side, making him captain, as well as bringing in Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny and Stephan Lichtsteiner to the starting line-up.

There was an early chance for the Gunners when Kolasinac was set free by Guendouzi, but his low cross couldn’t be converted by Lacazette at the back post.

Torreira fizzed in a dangerous free kick which didn’t get any further Arsenal contact, and Cardiff could have gone ahead after unconvincing play in midfield and at the back saw Reid have a clear sight of goal but he fired wide from the edge of the box.

The same player then had an even better chance to score, meeting a cross from the Cardiff right, but he headed over the bar from 10 yards out, our defensive frailties on display yet again.

Niasse went down in the box with no penalty awarded, but replays shown it could easily have been given. Then at other end Lacazette could have had one of his own but stayed on his feet after a clumsy challenge in the box from Ecuele Manga, meaning the ref was happy to play on rather than give the obvious spot kick it was.

Cardiff had a good opportunity when a Monreal foul for which he was booked gave them a free kick just outside the D, but Ralls hit the wall and the ball deflected out for a corner.

By the 37th minute Arsenal still hadn’t had a shot on target, Ozil fed Lacazette whose cutback was cleared easily, but Cardiff looked more dangerous, taking advantage of slack defending and marking, with one low cross fizzing into the area but thankfully there was nobody there.

Low crosses from Ozil and Lacazette caused danger in the Cardiff box, but the game remained goalless at the break as Guendouzi picked up a yellow card on the way off for dissent.

After such a dismal first period, it wasn’t a surprise that Emery made a half-time change, bringing on Alex Iwobi for Mohamed Elneny. Guendouzi had the first effort of the second 45 but it failed to trouble the keeper, while at the other end Patterson shot wide from the edge of the box.

Mustafi required some treatment for an ankle knock after landing awkwardly, Patterson shot over again, and after an hour in which we had still to have a shot on target, Emery brought on Carl Jenkinson for Lichtsteiner.

Mustafi had to be alert to block a Niasse shot in our box, before Arter picked up a yellow card for a red card challenge on Guendouzi, and then it was third time lucky on the penalty front when Kolasinac was fouled in the box and amazingly Mike Dean pointed to the spot.

Aubameyang stepped up and stroked the ball home to give us the lead with our first shot on target. 1-0.

Iwobi forced Etheridge into a good save moments later, shooting from a tight angle when he might have looked for a pass but given how rarely we shoot you can’t blame him too much for having a go from that close to goal.

Kolasinac had a shot blocked, Lacazette curled one wide after it opened up for him for the first time in the game, before Emery made his final change of the evening when Aaron Ramsey replaced Ozil in the 75th minute.

Torreira had a pop from outside the box but couldn’t hit the target, Guendouzi saw an effort blocked, and Leno had to save from Zahore after Mustafi got caught running with the ball across his own box.

It was all Arsenal in the second half, but with just a one goal lead there are always nerves. Those were put to bed with a second goal in the 83rd minute. Lacazette picked it up on the right hand touchline, drove into the box, and despite the best efforts of the keeper the ball found the back of the net. 2-0.

It was almost three when good work from Guendouzi and Lacazette saw the Frenchman fashion a chance for Ramsey but his header dropped just wide.

Guendouzi, who had a good second half, found himself on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Ralls who picked up a yellow card in the process.

In the 5 minutes of injury time, Mendez-Liang pulled one back for the visitors, yet another game without a clean sheet, but ultimately it was just a consolation.

Arsenal even had chances to seal it through Ramsey and Aubameyang but couldn’t find the finishes.

In the end, hard work, not exactly pretty, but three points are three points and we needed them above everything else.

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Adrian
Adrian

With the defense we had, I will take this result as positive sign. Also, Utd is loosing and City still at 1-1. Not a bad day.
Let’s hope Scums will lose tomorrow.

SB Still
SB Still

It would have been better if the eventual result was that.

Hopefully we don’t face a backlash but can wound them further during the weekend.

Adrian
Adrian

On other side, it will give us confidence that we can Win (or at least Draw) against city.

Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

Just wanted to say I fucking love Nacho Monreal. Yet another solid performance at CB from the Nacho-Man-Randy-Savage. Underrated player like Sagna was.

Maniac

It wasn’t pretty but we needed the win and we got the win. Job done.

myrtle
myrtle

So, so happy for Laca. Deserved a goal last match and got one today. Proper team player.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Let’s be fair. It should have been 3-1. We all saw Kolasinac roll the ball in after the whistle 😉

MateKiddleton
MateKiddleton

A quality finish I thought, bottom right

Pedant
Pedant

Moments’ respect for Sala, very sad.
United losing at last, and City too at the moment!
Well deserved win for us! Well done Auba and especially Laca for a great second goal.
Even thought we might get a clean sheet too…

Facts
Facts

jinxed it

Mootilated
Mootilated

United drew.

Ain’t over until the ref blows his whistle

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Matter of time before they jump off the luck train.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

There were some bad performances there but I thought Laca upfront was great, and Monreal at CB was encouraging .. But in the middle it was all Guendouzi for me. Was absolutely everywhere in the midfield making things happen.
I should add Kolasinac runs down that left flank are exhilarating … But just take a shot once in a while man!

Adrian
Adrian

Yes Guendouzi performed really well. I don’t know why opposition players always target him. I am worried about his leg.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

He is targeted for a reason.

Adrian
Adrian

Pls explain. Honestly, I did not get it.

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

Because he is very good at football

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

He’s actually quite a strong lad for 19. Has been the target of some really nasty fouls over the season but has always kept going. I really like this kid. He will be an absolute monster for us over the next decade. Rarely have seen a boy at this age with such a presence on the pitch. Whatever they say about Sven. Guendouzi alone was worth hiring him.

Granit(e) Hard!
Granit(e) Hard!

And what is even scarier is he is getting better, especially at threading passes through the eye of a needle, Ozil like, in addition to being adept at pinging the ball, Xhaka like, at just 19?…talent of the kid is scary. Thank you Sven?

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Goals scored aside, Laca and Auba are not suitable to play outside the box, both are technically limited, and not creative enough. Final results make people forget the match details.
We failed over and over again in making simple passes or hold possession in final third. That is because we ask the wrong players to do stuff they’re not capable of. The absent final pass is due to the absence of technical wingers. 4-3-1-2 is a narrow formation, has it’s uses but we’ll struggle against opp who closes the flanks and presses from midfield.
I’m beginning to see it is imperative to have 2 technically decent wingers at all times, and one of Laca and Auba would have to be benched for it, and revert to basic 4-3-3.
No need to have 2 strikers who basically do the same thing, while also denying us from playing a winger who can make things happen.

VAgooner
VAgooner

Don’t know what team you’ve been watching, but I happen to agree with Arsene when he said Laca could play as a No. 10. He’s one of the more technically gifted strikers I’ve seen.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

You seem to be the kind of fan who thinks that because we won, then everything is ok.
one needs to be blind to miss the glaring struggles we face to create the simplest attacking plays. I mean seriously do you just remember the goals from all the 90 mins? If that’s the case then my comment was not for you.

Our attackers are at the heart of the problem described again, we paid dearly when Laca gave the ball away vs manu to score their 3rd, and Auba misplaced so many final third passes, to a point we he halted the team.
Simply, they are very good inside the box, and we need better players involved in build up and chance creation.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Use what you have to get what you need.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Guendouzi was impressive and Torreira was great – couple of lovely tackles.

So wanted Aaron to get a goal against Cardiff!

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Coach’s instructions to [email protected]

iGooner
iGooner

Champions League football. Whatever it takes. Because that defence needs a major overhaul next season.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

A very good night. We win and United lose. Pity we can’t keep a clean sheet.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Fuck man United!!

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Small margins…we are doing ok in my opinion. COYG!

VAgooner
VAgooner

Amen, brotha’.

Deano

Sadly not the case fatman manure have managed to steal a point. Still it’s two points dropped at home by them.

Ólafur
Ólafur

United 2 – 2…

Kostas
Kostas

When Lacazette SCORED M#@% Dean was desperate to invent a rule to disallow the goal.

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

I though Ozil did fine, showed glimpses of what he can give us, but he was asked to drop to deep to get the ball, a situation that does not suit him at all, it slows up our game and exposes him to pressure. We could chalk it up to Granit not being on the pitch, but still, it’s just a bad use of Mesut by the manager.

Guendouzi keeps impressing me despite his flaws, especially because every opponent (no matter the team) tries to bully him, push him around, jump on his back, and still he plays his game – no small feat.

All in all, yet another debatable performance by the Arsenal under the Spaniard. Still, three points under the beating rain (against a very, very poor opposition, but three points nonetheless).

City up next, COYG

Alex
Alex

Maybe Özil was compelled to drop deep because Guendouzi was too high…..

jon

On averge, Özil scored in every fourth game for the national team, while he has scored in every fifth for Arsenal. Germany frequently played him as an attacker. In Arsenal, he has an ambiguous role, a sort of displaced midfielder.

Facts
Facts

almost a Mustafi clean sheet. good play lads!!!

My name is Jeff
My name is Jeff

Even though our play leaves so much to be desired, both the Mans would take our result tonight. And a good continuation of our front pairing of Laca and Auba!

VAgooner
VAgooner

Thumbs up for the name.

Rich
Rich

Guendouzi is a baller, he’s got so much personality on the pitch, I really like Xhaka… but I think he’s about to be pushed to the bench on a more consistent basis, by this exceptional teenager.

Mike Dean is hopeless, I thought we should have had 3 penalties and Cardiff 2, also thought Arter should have been given a straight red for going studs in on Guendouzi.

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

I like Guendouzi a lot, but as for Xhaka being pushed on the bench… There is really no substitute in the team for the way he passes the ball and allows our game to develop. I think we definitely miss him when he doesn’t play (in a midfield composition that suits him, that is!).

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

I hear you, but I still think Xhaka is too much of a liability.

Sasa
Sasa

Xhaka is not in the same role with Guendouzi

JeremyU
JeremyU

Mike Dean is bad. I am getting tired of teams setting up to just foul us, and when the ref is Mike Dean, it doesn’t help us at all. I have been watching Arsenal for 10 years (I know that is a lot less than many of you). Even now that we have a new manager, play different, brought in ‘some steel,’ it seems half the league still sets up to foul us.

But whether a team sets up to just foul or not foul, the number of calls and bad decisions we have gotten from Mike Dean is awful. It’s a multi billion dollar league and they allow a guy like that, and a track record like that, to continue to ref.

A good, needed win, but I’m still frustrated by the calls (and no calls).

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

These games happen, combination of bus parking and us being slow.
Hope people see what Iwobi brings. I see all his faults and he is frustrating but i also see a player who isnt afraid to instigate and break the monotony of sideways and backwards. Never hides even when having a mare.
Continued respect for Ramseys attitude and he is another who does things different to the majority of the team.Thought Guendouzi was brilliant, best young cm we have had since fab and prime Jack. If we could find a player who can play with him and/or torreira we can limit Xhaxa’s appearances. I saw a budding partnership today that would benefit playing with and learning from a better player than Xhaxa.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

As far as I’m concerned, Iwobi got us into the match by his positive style play.
On his day he’s a decent player. Needs to work and improve of course, but he’s a useful player.
Imagine if we bought wingers who can do that better, and consistently?
I think we’ll see a massive improvement then.
Even our defense will improve, if we acquired technically decent players who don’t lose the ball, or miss-pass as much.
I recon a big part of our defensive troubles, generates from losing the ball way too easily on build up or under pressure. The all too familiar missed flicks and step-overs, misplaced passes mainly by auba and laca ….etc
We lose the ball very easily and naively. A testament to the huge decline of technical abilities in Arsenal squads of recent years.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

They dont link too well with the rest of the team other than Iwobi Ramsey and Ozil. The way we play with both fbs bombing on one poor pass and we get countered. Does not help that Lucas is our only natural ball winner. Alot of the team genuinely cant tackle.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Yep I’ll miss Rambo – top attitude.

Have to admit, I’ve been critical of Alex Iwobi-wobi …but today he made the difference.

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

Guendouzi is very good at football

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

Off topic… what a cracker by Calum!

Naija gooner
Naija gooner

Lacazette”s goal came after d 70th min,imagine if emery took him off….wonder how denis would fit into this team tho

sambo
sambo

Laca is a real man

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Laca is a real striker

Jack
Jack

I hate Alan Smith. Before it had even been one minute ‘ohh it’s not a good start for Ozil’ after he got fouled. Everything he says is so annoying. He really dislikes Arsenal for someone who’s an ex player

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Loads of them are upset Wenger never gave them a look in around the club.

Arsesicky
Arsesicky

Alan Smith has said many times he is not an arsenal fan.

Shite
Shite

Off topic – but how fat was Cardiff’s goal scorer? Whopper.

Christopher Wreh
Christopher Wreh

Christ that was a difficult watch, not least because my stream kept lagging. Drives me mad that does.

Got the win which is all that matters. Thought Guendouzi was excellent, his composure and passing range are outstanding, he is going to be a special player.

Alex Lacazette, what a man. Love his work rate. He is also very silky on the ball, he could play number 10 he is that good.

Respect to Cardiff pressing ahead with the game by the way, sure that’s what Sala would have wanted.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Weird how we’ve got Ramsey and Ozil but we only ever look like scoring when Kolasinac gets the ball…

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Or when Alex Laca gets the ball

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Iwobi is the less technical but stronger and faster Hleb. The master of the pass before the pass.

DAF

How good is Guendouzi? Sure, he got caught in possession once or twice but his fitness, attitude and positive forward passing are fantastic. If that was Ozil, we’d all be saying what a bargain he is at £350k a week. But Matteo is a raw 19 yr old from the French 2nd Division. I love that bloke.

Goatee_of_Pires
Goatee_of_Pires

Nobody noticed Mendez-Niang’s beautiful neck? Okay 🙁

Mentalist
Mentalist

The camera director was quite fond of him I thought.

santori
santori

What a woeful first half.

BUT

1) Night and Day when IWOBI came on for Elneny. With the Egyotian we were I suppose erring on caution but we were still so iffy at the back, Unai just went for it. AND yet again, Left side produces everything at the moment. Superb pass from Iwobi linking with Kolasinac again for the penalty.

2) Lacazette. Auba may have the goals but he can’t hold up a ball to safe his life. Ducks out at every opportunity. With Lacazette, we have a warrior. Penalty decisions did not go his way (bc it was Mike Dean) but he kept strong and carved out the goal for himself from out right.

3) We can’t keep a clean sheet to save our lives. How is it we can’t keep the ball in the corner in extra time. Torreira tried but inevitably it came back our way and they scored.

Of course it was Mustafi’s fault. No mention of the superb block he made first half to keep us in it. Had that gone in, we would have had a VERY different game on our hands (not that this will be mentioned on the podcast nor his tackle to bale Monreal out earlier. Instead we will be told he conceded a free kick on edge of the box because he is impetuous (never mind Sokratis also does that but no one mentions it)

He should have in fact just got himself injured so some people would be happy.

4) No Granit so we looked a bit disyncopated first half. But when Torreira took over from Elneny I thought he did a great job.

Midfield still has balance issues so I hope Dennis coming in will help bring something different, chiefly an ability to hold the ball and dribble out rather then risky passing to get out from our box.

5) Mike Dean MOTM. I expected a penalty today but pleasantly surprise it was in our favour.

Also Lacazette I thought was booked coming off at half time so when he got bundled over and Dean called it the other way, I was fearful Lacazette would get marching orders with a card in the Ref’s hand. Don’t know if he ever showed it but had Laca gome off, we would also have had a very different outcome to this game.

As it is we gain ground on Chelsea (if temporary) and United for all their Ole football and media accolades slipped to Burnley. City don’t look sharp either so even with decimated defense we take a slight chance going into next match in getting something out of it.

6) Lichsteiner was poor. Jenkinson not that much better. Dunno what happened to AMN but hope its a slight knock and he is back for the City game. They’re dropping like flies.

If we are in for one more loan beyond Dennis (a wide man), all the better. That right side is still in need of more impetus.

Gado Ludo
Gado Ludo

One thing I haven’t seen amongst the reactions on here was Alex Lacazette telling that vile Harry Arter to f*ck right off after his foul on Guendouzi, standing up for his young teammate. I’d say that situation gave us a much needed spark in the second half.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

Great determination and finish by Laca, we are never out of it with him on the pitch. Dreary performance on a dreary night. These Tuesday evening games against the relegation fighters and also rans are banana skins for sure but we just about hopped over ours. Citeh lost and Manure equalized in Fergie time. Let’s hope the cherries can get three points off of the pub team up the road.
Terrible first half. You can’t make up what has happened to our CB’s this season, if you write down the history of the injuries and unavailability it’s shocking bad luck. We have five CB’s and once again, last night were reduced to one let alone what’s happen to our full backs! If anyone on here believes our performances are not suffering from a constant change in partnerships at the back you are watching a game you don’t understand. A consistent defense is everything. Imagine if the Liverpool lost Van Dyke? Just one of their CB’s would be catastrophic to their title chances.
With that in mind we hobbled through (thank God it was Cardiff).
Mike Dean is a grade A Cnut and should not be uncharge of a non league game let alone a premiership one. The refereeing standard this season has been appalling but he is the worse of the worse. Yes they could have had a penalty but we could have had three. The constant rotating fouls every time we tried to counter went unpunished and the Guendouzi foul could have ended his season. He’s appalling.