Wenger: Arsenal face a tough battle at Cardiff

Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal stars they are in for a battle when they face Cardiff in the Premier League tomorrow.

The Gunners travel to Wales with a four-point lead at the top of the table and will be out to extend their advantage at the top of the league.

And Wenger told Arsenal.com: “They look to have good solidarity; good togetherness and fantastic support as well. They are all on the same wavelength in the team and are very efficient at home on set-pieces.

“Even on Sunday when they were 2-1 down against Man United, many teams could have thought ‘OK, it’s Man United, we will not come back’.

“But you always had the feeling that they don’t give up. You could feel that they would come back. They have that special attitude and belief in the side and that makes them dangerous.”

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay was the subject of praise from the Frenchman at his press conference ahead of the clash with the Welsh outfit.

He added: “It is fantastic what Mackay has done. I watched their game last Sunday against Man United and that is what has changed compared to 10 years ago – the teams that have come up from the Championship fight with the top teams in the Premier League on the possession front. That shows you how much the game has improved in the lower divisions.

“They beat City at home. They played a very good game against Man United where possession was 50:50. That’s the challenge for us – to do better than these teams.

“And of course we have the warning of their performances against the big teams, so we are in a position where we have a difficult challenge but also a very exciting challenge because we can do better.”