On Tuesday night, Arsenal will look to continue their quest for a top-four position in the Premier League when the Gunners host struggling Cardiff at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal heads into this clash on the back of a 3-1 home defeat against Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Gunners will be hoping for better fortunes on their return to the Premier League.
The Gunners have been inconsistent of late in the Premier League, winning three of their last matches in the top-flight. However, a 2-0 win over Chelsea in their last league game means that the team from north London could move into the top four of the table with a victory in this clash.
Despite their recent relatively inconsistent league form, Arsenal have maintained a strong recent home record. In fact, the Gunners are unbeaten in 11 league games at the Emirates Stadium, having recorded nine victories. Unai Emery’s side has also won their last five home games in the top-flight.
Cardiff City are currently in the relegation zone, two points away from safety. The Bluebirds have won just once in their last seven Premier League games, suffering a potentially crucial 3-0 defeat at rivals Newcastle last time out in the top-flight.
Neil Warnock’s side has struggled for goals of late in the top-flight, as the Welsh side has failed to score in four of their last five Premier League games, including their last three.
The visitors have a poor away record in the top-flight this season, winning just one of their last 11 games on their travels while suffering eight defeats in the process. The Bluebirds struggle for goals this season is evident in their recent away matches, as they have scored just once in their last three away games in the top-flight.
Arsenal are once again without long-term injury absentees Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding. Konstantinos Mavropanos and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are still a fitness doubt, while Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis Papastathopoulos picked up injuries against United in the FA Cup and are doubtful too.
Cardiff have doubts over the fitness of Sean Morrison, Jazz Richards, Harry Arter and Kenneth Zohore. On-loan Everton striker Oumar Niasse is likely to make his second start since joining from the Toffees earlier this month.
Arsenal are odds of 1/ 4 to win this clash, while the draw is odds of 19/4 and the visitors are odds of 10/1 to pull off a surprise victory.
The Gunners have a golden opportunity to move above Chelsea in the Premier League table and hopefully, they can seize that opportunity.
Can Arsenal record a vital win over Cardiff on Tuesday night?