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MATCH SPY: Spirited Cardiff take Arsenal to an unwanted replay

PUBLISHED: 08:42 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:51 07 September 2010

CARDIFF 0-0 ARSENAL Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted the last thing he needed was a cup replay after his side were held to a goalless draw in the Welsh capital. The Gunners entertain Dave Jones side at Emirates on Tuesday February 3 with the winne

CARDIFF 0-0 ARSENAL

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted the last thing he needed was a cup replay after his side were held to a goalless draw in the Welsh capital.

The Gunners entertain Dave Jones' side at Emirates on Tuesday February 3 with the winners at home to either West Brom or Burnley in the fifth round.

But, they can consider themselves fortunate after a spirited display from the Championship outfit, who were narrowly beaten by Portsmouth in last year's final.

"We could do without it, 100%, but let's not complain because we play football," said the Arsenal manager.

"It's one more game to play. If that's the price we have to pay to stay in the hat, we're happy to do it.

"We are very short at the moment and cannot rotate very much. I could have rested a few players but not as many as I had wanted. I had planned to take Robin van Persie off but it didn't work that way."

Cardiff started strongly with several early chances and almost won it near the end when Ross McCormack's free-kick hit the crossbar.

Wenger added: "At 0-0 anything can happen but I wasn't too worried in the second half.

"Cardiff created more chances in the first half but they didn't really create many in the second."

Cardiff boss Jones added: "There were one or two boos in the last minute when we were keeping the ball in the corner but we were playing Arsenal so give us a break.

"Arsene Wenger is fighting on three fronts at the moment so if he wants to give me the game, we won't go down to the Emirates although the chairman wouldn't be happy because it's a massive payday.


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