The Gunners have a number of injury concerns to worry about ahead of the visit of managerless Cardiff.
Arsene Wenger will be without Kieran Gibbs, Olivier Grioud, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Vermaelen, Nacho Monreal as well as long-term absentees Yaya Sanogo, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby.
Both Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere will undergo late fitness tests with Lukas Podolski in contention for a place in the starting XI.
Managerless Cardiff will be without veteran striker Craig Bellamy as well as left-back Andrew Taylor for the trip to North London.
Young full-back Declan John is expected to keep his place in the starting lineup after making his debut in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland.