Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side record their first Premier League victory of the campaign at the weekend.
Unai Emery’s men went into their clash with London rivals West Ham on Saturday having lost to Manchester City and Chelsea in their opening two league matches, joining Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers as pointless from the first two round of fixtures. And while they fell behind to Marko Arnautovic’s opener at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, goals from Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck, alongside an Issa Diop own goal, secured all three points for the Gunners, thus giving Emery his first victory as manager since taking over from Arsene Wenger during the summer.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Arsenal fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter to heap praise on second half substitute Alexandre Lacazette, with many calling for the striker to start against Cardiff this weekend.
And those Arsenal fans are absolutely right, as the Frenchman’s efforts in the second half against the Hammers suggest that he is in the kind of form needed to get the better of Neil Warnock’s Cardiff on Sunday.
Ultimately, West Ham deservedly went ahead at the Emirates on Saturday to suggest that it took some time for Arsenal to get into their groove, with Emery reacting with the score at 1-1 at half time by throwing Lacazette into the mix.
The 27-year-old was tipped by many during the close season to go on and really produce the goods for the Gunners this term, but substitute cameos in their opening two matches, including making an error to allow Chelsea to net the all-important third in their 3-2 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, suggested that he still had work to do to force his way into Emery’s thinking.
Yet he certainly did that on Saturday by making a big impact coming off the bench in the second half, with the striker bringing more urgency and dynamism to the Arsenal attack, before playing a key part in the own goal scored by Diop to give the Gunners the lead.
The only thing missing from Lacazette’s fine second half display was a goal, but the fact that he produced such an energetic and positive display, despite making a sluggish start to the campaign, suggests that he is ready to start for the Gunners in the coming weeks.
As such, Arsenal fans are absolutely right to demand the 27-year-old starts against Warnock’s Cardiff next weekend.
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