Arsenal secured a hard-fought win over Cardiff on an emotional night at Emirates Stadium as the Bluebirds played for the first time since the disappearance of striker Emiliano Sala.
The 28-year-old Argentine forward and pilot David Ibbotson were on board a light aircraft that disappeared from radar over the Channel Islands while travelling from Nantes following Sala‚Äôs club-record ¬£15m move to Cardiff.
Tributes were paid to Sala before the game from both sets of players, club officials and supporters.
Neither side had a shot on target in the first half, but Arsenal went ahead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‚Äôs 66th-minute spot kick after Bruno Ecuele Manga had clumsily brought down Sead Kolasinac.
Alexandre Lacazette doubled Arsenal‚Äôs lead with a fine low strike into the bottom corner, although substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing pulled one back for Cardiff in added time when he curled a shot past Bernd Leno.
However, it was not enough for Cardiff as the Gunners‚Äô win takes them to 47 points, the same as fourth-placed Chelsea.
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