Arsenal v Cardiff City: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI | Premier League 2018-19
The Gunners welcome Cardiff City to the Emirates on Tuesday on the back of the terrible news of the Bluebirds record signing Emiliano Sala's disappearance.
Arsenal approaches the match on the back of a disappointing fourth-round loss against old foes Manchester United at home. The Gunners will be hoping to keep up the pressure on the fourth-placed Chelsea, as a win could see the North London side level on point with Blues on 47 points with the Blues only playing on Wednesday.
It's a doom and gloom atmosphere around the Bluebirds dressing room after the plane carrying their record signing Emiliano Sala disappeared over the English channel while traveling from France to England. The Welsh club needs to get their mindset back on track with the Bluebirds in the relegation zone, 2 points from safety.
The first encounter between the sides ended with Gunners winning 3-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Unai Emery has a big defensive headache with club captain Laurent Koscielny, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin all out injured. Long term absentees Nacho Monreal and Konstantino Mavropanos are back in contention but their match fitness will be another issue the Spaniard will have to address.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is back in training after recovering from his foot injury while Danny Welbeck is still out.
Neil Warnock needs to asses his player's mental state before setting his starting lineup for the upcoming match against the Gunners.
Club captain Sean Morrison is expected to be out for the Bluebirds following an appendicitis operation.
Arsenal(3-4-1-2): Leno; Xhaka, Mustafi, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Torreira, Iwobi; Ramsey; Lacazette, Aubameyang
Cardiff City(4-5-1): Etheridge; Peltier, Bamba, Manga, Bennett; Mendez-Laing, Arter, Camarasa, Ralls, Hoilett; Niasse