Arsenal 2 Cardiff 1


Arsenal fought hard to secure a win over Cardiff at the Emirates Stadium, as the bluebirds played their first match since the declaration of the missing Emiliano Sala.

Neil Warnock, Cardiff boss was impressed with his side’s performance despite the loss. He said: “We talked about Emiliano before the game and I thought it was appropriate that we gave a good account of ourselves against a good side – we could’ve quite easily won the game. What a performance. If Arsenal had our chances they would’ve beaten us by four. We had some great chances and with the effort we put in we should’ve got at least a point.”

Argentine striker Sala, and pilot David Ibbotson were on a light aircraft that disappeared from radar while traveling from Nantes after Solar £15m transfer to Cardiff.

Before the match, both teams as well as their officials and supporters paid tribute to Sala. In the first half, there was no shot on target, however in the 66th minute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the spot after Bruno Ecuele Manga fouled Sead Kolasinac.

After picking up a yellow card in the 81st minute, Alexandre Lacazette made it 2-0 two minutes later, with a low strike into the bottom corner.

In the 76th minute, Nathanie Mendez-Laing came in to replace Bobby Reid and registered a goal in extra time, curling his shot past Bernd Leno.

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