Arsenal v Cardiff :Match Preview
Arsenal entertain Cardiff tonight and our path has been cleared for a semi-final spot. It is crazy to be talking about a semi-final when we are still in the 4th round. We are facing Cardiff, then Burnley and then possibly either Sheffield United or Hull City. All the games are at the Emirates, which apart from extra revenue for the club, means that we will be odds-on favourites to win every game and then we will visit Wembley for a semi-final.
Tonight we will be without Adebayor and Eboue, but based on the Tottenham game we were missing Adebayor from the first minute until he limed off injured, and as for Eboue, he is more a hindrance than a help.
Even though there is a great clamour for Eduardo to start tonight, I envisage that Arsene will resist the temptation and start with Bendtner up front. The Dane needs to start producing the goods on a regular basis, and that is not just scoring but also his control of the ball and link-up play needs to improve. There is not much time left for Bendtner to show Wenger he can be a regular starter, Adebayor is out for 3-4 weeks and Bendtner needs to grab the opportunity.
With Ramsey not expected to be fit, Carlos Vela may get a rare start out on the left wing. Vela has had a very frustrating season and it is a game like tonight that could ignite his season.
There is still a doubt over Clichy’s fitness, but that is not a problem as Gibbs has been a great deputy, with time Gibbs could develop into a great left back
Arsenal should progress against Cardiff tonight with ease and then set themselves up for 5th round tie against Burnley at the Emirates.