Cardiff vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Cardiff City will be looking for a repeat of their performance against Manchester United, when Premier League leaders Arsenal travel to South Wales on Saturday.

The Bluebirds played some inventive football as they held the champions, and were particularly dangerous from set-pieces, with substitute Kim Bo-Kyung heading the equaliser from a stoppage time free-kick to give his side a deserved point. Cardiff are proving strong at home in their first top-flight season in over 50 years, and victory here could potentially see them climb into the top half, so Arsenal will have reason to be wary.

Arsene Wenger’s team have recovered well since their defeat at Man Utd before the international break, taking three points from a challenging game against Southampton to extend their lead at the top to four points, and then comfortably defeating Marseille to leave them on the brink of the Champions League knockout stages. Injured players are also beginning to return, making the Gunners all the stronger.

For Cardiff, who have an almost fully-fit squad to choose from, Malky Mackay must decide whether to recall Kim to the starting line-up, as well as Craig Noone, who also impressed from the bench against Man Utd.

Theo Walcott could start for the first time since mid-September after his substitute appearance against Marseille. Lukas Podolski is nearing a return, but Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yaya Sanogo are out for the foreseeable future.

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