The Christmas period has been good to Arsenal as far as the results go. There was certainly moaning from Arsene Wenger about the craziness of the fixture list for the Premier League over the festive period. Wins away to West Ham and Newcastle followed Christmas with a tied game at home to Chelsea.
The result of the rapid-fire games is that Arsenal now have a reasonable injury list. Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil were out on Saturday and are joined on the sidelines Kieran Gibbs and Oliver Giroud. That is not even including the long-term injuries Abou Diaby, Yaya Sanogo and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. They also have those who are doubtful for action due to illness, like Jack Wilshire, Theo Walcott, Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal.
As for Cardiff, we already know about their behind-the-scenes drama, but what about their chances against Arsenal? If they were to win, it would be the first time since 1961 that they have done it. At this point, it is not games against Arsenal that Cardiff need to win. The next league game, when maybe they would have a manager in charge, will be where they look for their three points.
Talk of Ole Gunnar Solsklaer coming to take over has cooled since the chairmen went to talk to the ‘one lone target’ a few days ago. The caretaker manager is in the dark on the new appointment, and I think the fans are in the dark about the intentions of Vincent Tan and the direction the club will now take.
A win or a point here though would be a huge boost for this club. I think most neutrals would want to do well in their first time in the top flight for 50 years.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on www.facebook.com/jasonbardwell1979.