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Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has a fully-fit squad to choose from for Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Arsenal.

The Scot is expected to stick with the side that performed so admirably in the draw with Manchester United, meaning Craig Bellamy may find himself on the bench again.

Midfielder Gary Medel is available after facing no action for his slap on Marouane Fellaini last weekend.

Meanwhile, Premier League leaders Arsenal expect to have defender Kieran Gibbs available following illness.

Theo Walcott could also start after coming off the bench in the last two games following a lengthy absence.

Arsène Wenger could decide to rest Jack Wilshere but Aaron Ramsey will be keen to feature at his former club.

Germany striker Lukas Podolski is back in training after his hamstring injury, but remains short of match fitness.

Forward Yaya Sanogo, midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby are all still sidelined

Who would have thought that Cardiff City would have taken four points off the two Manchester clubs on home soil in this, their first season in the Premier League?

Those are the facts, so why not an equally positive result against the league leaders?

Manager Malky Mackay will aim to stifle Arsenal’s passing game, but with the likes of Olivier Giroud and former Cardiff kid Aaron Ramsey in such outstanding form, this could be the day when City come unstuck.

Stat of the game: Olivier Giroud has scored one of his 18 Premier League goals for Arsenal outside London.

Cardiff (Possible, 4-1-4-1): Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor; Medel; Cowie, Mutch, Whittingham, Odemwingie; Campbell.
Out: None.

Arsenal (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Flamini; Walcott, Özil, Ramsey; Giroud.
Out: Sanogo (back), Podolski (hamstring), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diaby (both knee).

Referee: Lee Mason. Matches: 7, R1 Y27.

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