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Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat by Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday when they face relegation threatened Cardiff City on Tuesday evening.

The hosts are currently fifth in the Premier League and will be looking perilously over their shoulders at The Red Devils whose six straight wins in the league has put them level on points with the north London side. Both sides are three points behind Chelsea in the battle for the final Champions League spot.

Arsenal go into the game in the midst of a defensive crisis with Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis joining Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin on the sidelines after suffering jaw and ankle injuries respectively in Friday’s defeat.

The visitors go into the game on the back of a tough run that has seen them pick up only one win in their last seven league fixtures. The Welsh side currently sit 18th in the table, two points from safety, and have lost all three of their Premier League games against Arsenal.

Cardiff will honour missing striker Emiliano Sala by placing yellow daffodils on the pitch ahead of kick-off. Sala was on-board a flight from Nantes to Cardiff on 21 January which went missing off Alderney in the Channel Islands. The search for Sala and the pilot, David Ibbotson, was called off on Thursday evening with no trace of the aircraft discovered by rescue teams.

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