By Richard Clarke

Lukasz Fabianski will reprise his role as Arsenal’s FA Cup keeper at Cardiff on Sunday.

The Polish international has been handed the gloves for the duration the competition this year and will be brought into the side for the Fourth Round tie at Ninian Park.

Wenger is likely to stick with the same sort of team that saw off Plymouth in the Third Round on January 3. That means he will field a full-strength side apart from the inclusion of Fabianski and couple of others. One man definitely unavailable is Gael Clichy who is suspended for the trip to Ninian Park.

William Gallas is back in full training after his hamstring injury and close to fitness but, speaking to TV Online on Thursday afternoon, Wenger suggested he would not be risked.

“Fabianski will play because it is the FA Cup,” said the manager, “maybe one or two others will come in too. The team will be comparable to the side which played against Plymouth. It is a tricky cup tie and we want to come out on top.

“As for William Gallas, he will be short for the weekend but he is back in full training so he will be available in a very short period.”

Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full video interview with Arsène Wenger on Friday morning. In it, the Frenchman talks about:

  • The latest on the stories surrounding Arshavin
  • Other transfer targets
  • Stories linking him with Real Madrid
  • The ‘classic cup tie’ at Cardiff
  • Comparisons between Jay Bothroyd and Cantona
  • The collapse of the Kaka deal.
  • Being six points off leaders Manchester United.
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22 Jan 2009