Cardiff v Arsenal Preview, Team News, Line-Up and Score Prediction

Sunday 2 September

13:30 Cardiff City v Arsenal

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
Fourth official: David Coote

Arsenal travel to Cardiff as very hot favourites to beat the newly-promoted side, but I don’t think we can brush the Bluebirds off quite as easily as that. The Welsh side may not have scored even one goal in their three games so far but they have had two 0-0 draws to show for it, and would you believe that, including their Championship games last season, they have lost just one of their last ten home League games.

Arsenal, on the other hand, have probably the worst recent away form of any team in the country! Here is their last ten away League results…..

That is very grim reading and we can only hope that the players have forgotten about our abysmal end to last season and are keen to get the new era started off on the right foot. I certainly hope so. On a much brighter note, we haven’t lost to Cardiff in a competitive match for over 50 Years and they haven’t scored in the last four.

So, on to the team news. All of Arsenal’s current injury problems are to defenders, with the big worries being Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles as they are only alternatives to Nacho Monreal at left-back. We can forget about seeing our nominal captain Laurent Koscielny for a few months, and I’m sure we’ve all forgotten Carl Jenkinson who has only played one game for us in the last two seasons.

We are all begging for Lucas Torreira to be in the starting line-up to give Mustafi and Sokratis some help in defence when Monreal and Bellerin go flying forward, as they seem to do all the time.

Cech will continue in goal behind our usual four defenders, and I would like to see Guendouzi and Xhaka on either side of Torreira although I think Emery will bring Ramsey back into the equation.

There will still be no room for Lacazette as Aubameyang will continue as centre-forward, but after Emery’s comments this week I think we will see Mesut Ozil back in the line-up but pushed out to the right-wing? I also believe Nkhitaryan will continue on the other side.

So here is my predicted line-up….

Bellerin – Mustafi – Sokratis – Monreal
Ramsey – Torreira – Xhaka
Ozil – Aubameyang – Mkhitaryan

History is on Arsenal’s side, and with Cardiff yet to score goal this season, and Arsenal have yet to keep a clean sheet, then something has to give, so I am going for our lax defence to give the Bluebirds their first goal, but we get three in return.

3-1 to Arsenal.



  1. AndersS says:

    I agree that your predicted line-up is the most likely.
    But I worry for our defense, if we play Ramsey, Mkhitaryan and Özil at the same time, as they don’t protect the defense enough. We will once again be too open, unless Emery really has improved their defensive awareness.

    1. gotanidea says:

      I predict Emery would use this 4-2-3-1 with Ozil as the no 10, due to the pressure from the media:

      Bellerin . Mustafi . Sokratis . Monreal
      ………Guendouzi … Xhaka
      Mkhitaryan ….. Ozil ….. Aubameyang

      I hope Emery uses a more cautious formation and line-up instead, but he would set that up based on his experience and Arsenal’s current situation

      1. AndersS says:

        Maybe you are right, but I doubt, he will start with both Lacazette and Auba. And I do believe Admin is right, when he is expecting a start for Torreira.

  2. rkw says:

    i am getting worried about bellerin being considered a natural starter … arsenal have a very serious defensive problem and bellerin is one of the worst right backs in the epl when it comes to defending (better at attacking for sure though even then people seem to exaggerate his abilities) … also the idea that torreira is still getting up to pace with epl seems bizarre to me … as to a partner in the middle its all about opportunity costs and ours are very very high with either ramsey or xhaka below the quality we need and the french kid still learning.. we also need to have a carzola type ball carrier connecting defence and attack and for me miki can play that role also need to accomodate laca and aubemayang .. for me laca is the more natural forward playing off ozil assissts and auba destabilisiing defences

    so would like to see (but dont expect)

    lichsteiner mustafi sok monreal
    miki torreira ?? auba
    ozil laca

    1. ozziegunner says:

      rkw I agree wholeheartedly with your selection with Xhaka for ??

  3. GB says:

    Laca up front with Auba left instead of Miki

    1. Innit says:

      Aubameyang is a right-winger

      1. GB says:

        Sorry only ever seen him in the left

  4. Sue says:

    Right so on paper this should be an easy win for us… I guess I’m a little bit worried because of our away form though (after last season!)
    I hope Emery gets the team selection right & plays Torreira & Lacazette…. who in my eyes should play every week. Come on Arsenal… would love a convincing 3-0 win ?

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