Jamie Redknapp: Unai Emery has got key Arsenal decision right

Jamie Redknapp praised Unai Emery's decision to start Lacazette and Aubameyang up front together on Sunday

By James Westwood
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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes Arsenal FC manager Unai Emery did the right thing by starting Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang upfront together against Cardiff City.

Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring against Neil Warnock’s side after 11 minutes on Sunday, but Cardiff City hit back to equalise on the stroke of half-time through Victor Camarasa.

Aubameyang then took centre stage by firing in a sublime curling effort to give Arsenal the lead once again, before Cardiff managed to equalise for a second time through Danny Ward.

However, Lacazette spared Emery’s blushes with a late strike to win the game, rifling home an unstoppable strike from a tight angle with ten minutes remaining.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp hailed Emery’s decision to play the two strikers together post-match, stating that the team is more effective when they both feature.

He told the Daily Mail: “I felt last week that Arsenal would be better served playing Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front. They did so against Cardiff… and got instant results with a 3-2 win.”

After losing their opening two games against Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal have bounced back quickly with back-to-back wins against West Ham and Cardiff, with the players seemingly beginning to regain their confidence after a difficult start.

After the international break, Newcastle United await at St James’ Park and supporters will hope that Emery’s men continue to improve whilst securing another important three points.

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