Cardiff City 2 Arsenal 3: Aubameyang-Lacazette combination sees off Warnock's battlers

Mesut Ozil is in contention to make his Arsenal return against Cardiff on Sunday

The former Germany global made his return to the starting line-up this afternoon following his absence from Arsenal's 3-1 home victory against Premier League strugglers West Ham United.

Sunday's Premier League lunchtime kickoff saw newly promoted Cardiff City host an Arsenal side still adapting to life under new manager Unai Emery. But man-of-the-match Alexandre Lacazette found the victor on 81 minutes as he emphatically smashed the ball into the roof of the net to give Arsenal an uncomfortable, unconvincing but very welcome win.

Arsenal did eventually regain the lead in the 62nd minute when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed an excellent passing move by firing the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Warnock, however, says he did not see much difference between Emery's team and the Wenger era.

Chances continued to come at both ends, with Xhaka seeing his first-time strike deflected over by Arter on 56 minutes, while Ward curled an effort over from 16 yards out two minutes later after cutting inside from the right.

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.

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Emery insisted on Friday that Ozil is happy playing that role rather than as a No.10 but the Germany global did little here to show that's the case. Monreal and Bellerin leave themselves way too far up the pitch at times exposing the defence. Emery has denied talks of a rift with the star playmaker but he has yet to show he can make the most of the German.

Arsenal bossed proceedings in the first half although Cardiff put in a spirited performance and they should have opened their account for the season just eight minutes into the match.

Arsenal go into the match as overwhelming favourites and if they are to avoid slipping up they will need their attacking players to be at their best.

Just before half-time, Cardiff scored the goal that they have been begging for, to bring the scores level. Still, the Gunners now have six points on the board for the season.

Nevertheless, the continual adjustments to Emery's stylistic demands proved not to be a hindrance to Arsenal as they came away with their first three points on the road in the new Premier League season.

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