Arsenal haven’t had it all their own way this season and are fighting to to get back into the Premier League top 4.
Last time out, in the FA cup Palace beat a beleaguered Tottenham on Sunday, and will want to take the feel good factor to The Emirates tonight?
Here Three And In take a look at the cold hard Opta stats ahead of tonight’s game.
Arsenal have won all three of their Premier League meetings with Cardiff, scoring eight goals and conceding two.
In all competitions, Cardiff have lost their last six away games against Arsenal.
Cardiff have lost their other two Premier League games played on a Tuesday this season, also against London clubs (1-3 vs West Ham, 0-3 vs Tottenham).
Arsenal are unbeaten in 11 home league games (W9 D2), winning the last five in a row. Only Liverpool (32) are on a longer current such run in the Premier League.
Cardiff have scored just one goal in their last five Premier League games, failing to find the net in each of the last three. The Bluebirds are the only side yet to be leading at half-time in any of their Premier League games this season.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 23 home Premier League games against promoted sides (W20 D3), since a 0-1 loss against Newcastle in November 2010. They’ve conceded just 11 goals in that run, keeping 14 clean sheets in the process.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock’s three top-flight visits to Arsenal have all ended in defeat, all with different teams in different decades – October 1991 with Notts County (0-2), September 2006 with Sheffield United (0-3) and December 2011 with QPR
Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have each scored four Premier League goals against promoted sides this season – no player has scored more so far this term (Harry Kane also four).
Conclusion: If Arsenal lose this, they have no business being anywhere near any sort of European football.