Alexandre Lacazette breaks silence on Unai Emery

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lexandre Lacazette has claimed Arsenal are “learning like children” under new coach Unai Emery.

That process continued yesterday with a first away win of the Premier League season in south Wales as the Gunners were twice pegged back by Cardiff before Lacazette struck minutes from time to secure a 3-2 win.

It was a victory that also featured several moments of suspect defending as Arsenal adjust to Emery’s demands of playing out from the back and pressing high up the pitch, a methodology which French striker Lacazette likened to returning to school.

 “We learn a lot but the manager says if we do this kind of thing, we can concede a goal so we know everything,” he said. “We just did mistakes because we are learning like children so it is OK. It will be better week after week.”
Arsenal head into the international break with six points after losing their opening two matches to Manchester City and Chelsea before wins against West Ham and Cardiff lifted them to ninth place in the formative table.

“[The first four games were] good,” Lacazette told Standard Sport. “Even if we have two losses, it was against the last two champions of the Premier League but if we see the quality of the games, I think it is good. Everyone takes pleasure to see us play, and [us] on the pitch.”

The Gunners won just four times in the League on the road last season and Lacazette believes an important psychological barrier may have been broken, especially given the manner in which they earned the points.

Shkodran Mustafi headed the visitors in front after 11 minutes before Victor Camarasa scored Cardiff first goal of the season to equalise on the stroke of half-time

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang restored their advantage with a neat curled finish just after the hour mark only for Danny Ward to head Cardiff level once again.

 Emery: ‘Lacazette showed us what he could do’

Lacazette then collected substitute Lucas Torreira’s pass before firing inside Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge’s near post for a valuable win.

“It is good for us, for the confidence, because in 2018 I think we only won two [League] games so this season we want to be better away,” he said. “It was the first game we won away, I hope it will be better for the rest of the season.

“When we start the game, [we need] to feel like ‘OK, we can play like we are at home’.”

Lacazette marked his first start of the campaign with a goal and assist, linking up well with Aubameyang as the pair began a match together for only the fourth time.


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