The disappointment of the FA Cup fourth round exit is still fresh with some Arsenal fans. However, the Gunners get back to Premier League business this evening and welcome relegation-threatened Cardiff City to the Emirates Stadium.
A great opportunity to return to the top four
Arsenal’s form over the last few weeks has been highly inconsistent. However, the visit of the Bluebirds gives the Gunners an opportunity they cannot afford to miss. A win against the 18th place Welsh side would move Unai Emery’s side above Chelsea and into the top-four, with the Blues facing a potentially more difficult trip to Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
A win and a return to the Champions League spots would certainly be a nice psychological lift for the Gunners, even if it only lasted a less than 24 hours. A top-four position is within the Gunners reach.
Cardiff are a team Arsenal should be beating
Cardiff head to north London on the back of a four-game winless run in all competitions, having suffered three defeats and picked up just one draw. The Bluebirds have also been poor on their travels this season in the top-flight while losing eight from their last 11 away games in the Premier League.
Neil Warnock’s side has been one of the favourites to suffer relegation all season. However, they are not dead and buried yet, as they are only two points away from safety, despite what is perceived as a poor standard of player within their squad.
The Bluebirds are likely to attempt to make Tuesday night’s game physical and knock the Gunners out of their rhythm. However, Arsenal have enough quality and intelligence in the current team to record the victory they require.
The Gunners are formidable on their own patch and it would be highly surprising if Cardiff comes away from the clash with anything for their efforts.
Arsenal in a good position
Apart from the FA Cup exit, this season is probably the best we could have expected from Arsenal. They are still in the Europa League and are challenging for a top-four finish. Anybody who expected anything better from the Gunners this season is either naïve or ridiculously optimistic.
Arsenal should not take Cardiff for granted, but quite frankly if the Gunners do not defeat the Welsh side then they do not deserve to be in the top-four.
Will Arsenal record a comfortable win over Cardiff on Tuesday night?