Henrikh Mkhitaryan On Bench - Arsenal Team vs Cardiff City Confirmed

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The Spanish gaffer opted to start both Lacazette and Aubameyang against Cardiff on Sunday. Aubameyang, previously the starting striker, had been pushed wide in an attacking line that had only previously been used this Premier League season when Lacazette came on as a subsitute. Arsenal went ahead three times, because the first two times were counteracted by the resilient Cardiff.

Former Liverpool and Switzerland player Stephane Henchoz also recently spoke out about Xhaka and Shaqiri's celebrations, telling Blick: "The double-headed eagle has no business in the Swiss national team".

Petr Cech is again expected to be deployed in goal, as Bernd Leno's wait for a start continues. Showed he can deliver a corner when setting up Mustafi's goal but sadly set up Cardiff's too with a bad attempt at a cross-field pass.

Cardiff were one of the most popular picks to be relegated before the season started.

However Lacazette had the final say when he thundered a strike past Etheridge to get the goal his performance deserved.

They hit back eight minutes later, though, when Ward directed an expert header in off the left post from 12 yards out after Morrison nodded a free-kick back across goal. Today was no different, his distribution was poor and his goalkeeping for the first goal could have been much better.

In Arsene Wenger's final season in charge of the Gunners, they finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League and will be looking to improve upon that performance this season.

But it looks like he has still not impressed Emery enough to be a starter for Arsenal.

The hosts certainly had their chances in the first half, with Ward, Reid and Hoilett coming close for Warnock's tenacious side.

Xhaka needlessly gave away possession and Camarasa, the Spanish midfielder on loan from Real Betis, ended Cardiff's 315-minute wait for a league goal by reacting quicker than Monreal to Joe Bennett's cross.

Unai Emery has exposed the player in his team that has given him selection headache so far, since arriving at the club in the summer.

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