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Premier League 2018/19: Arsenal's possible line-up against Cardiff City

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Arsenal v Paris Saint Germain Pre Matchday Activity
Arsenal v Paris Saint Germain Pre Matchday Activity

Arsenal is going into the weekend with a single win under their belt after having defeated West Ham 3-1 last Saturday.

The Gunners will be travelling to Cardiff City this Sunday for their first away game this season and will be hoping to improve their abysmal record away from home. The North London club won just a single Premier League game away from the Emirates in 2018.

The Welsh club, on the other hand, is the only team in the Premier League that is yet to score a goal this season. The side has drawn a blank in all three games against Bournemouth, Newcastle and Huddersfield since the term started.

Unai Emery will be hoping to seal another win against a side pegged to finish bottom while Neil Warnock will hope to overcome the Gunners and add a goal to his team's tally.

Let's look into how Arsenal could potentially line-up against Cardiff:

Goalkeeper

It appears Unai Emery will stick to Petr Cech as his no.1 with summer signing Bernd Leno yet to make an appearance.

His faith in the Czech international between the sticks bore fruit as Cech has now topped the charts for most saves so far this Premier League campaign. The goalkeeper has kept out a record high of 18 of 24 shots on his goal.

It's safe to say Emery will persist with Cech this time around, too.

Arsenal v West Ham United - Premier League
Arsenal v West Ham United - Premier League

Defence

Arsenal’s defensive injuries remain the same: Sead Kolasinac is a long-term absentee recovering from a knee injury and he isn't expected to be back until October. Laurent Koscielny will also remain gone for a long time as a result of a ruptured Achilles he sustained in the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is also out owing to a small fracture to his left fibula.

Emery will likely deploy a back four with the centre-back pairing of Sokratis and Mustafi. Bellerin will likely remain at the right back position. Whether Lichsteiner will start remains to be seen but it looks more likely that Nacho Monreal will stick to the left.

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