Wembley

Last Game

Arsenal 4 - 0 A Villa

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 17:30

The FA Cup Final

Injured Bendtner out of cup

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left to count the cost of a hard-fought win over Cardiff after confirming goalscorer Nicklas Bendtner is set for a spell out with injury.

Last Updated: 01/01/14 at 19:24 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Dane came on as a second half substitute and scored the first goal in the Gunners' 2-0 win at the Emirates but picked up an ankle injury when challenged by Cardiff keeper David Marshall as he slotted the ball home.

And Wenger confirmed he will miss Saturday's FA Cup tie with Tottenham.

"It's an ankle sprain and it doesn't look too good in fairness. For Saturday he is definitely out already but it is too early to say how long he will be out for."

Wenger was asked whether his injury - and the absence of Oliver Giroud - would mean a dip into the transfer market but the Arsenal boss responded: "Let's not go too early on the transfer front. We will assess Giroud and let's hope we have good news on Bendtner as well."

One option for Wenger will be to deploy Walcott in his favoured central striking role with the England man finding the net against Cardiff for the fifth time in as many games. The Arsenal boss admitted he was delighted with the performance of the former Southampton star.

"It showed as well when a player has been out for a long, long while and he comes back he can have a huge impact - it makes him very dangerous."

Walcott was on hand to convert and kill off a brave challenge by the Bluebirds by adding a second goal late on and Wenger believes his side showed a welcome resilience to keep plugging away to finally gain the three points.

"We were rewarded for our intelligence because we didn't concede a goal and that got us the three points we deserved. There is a special spirit in the side and we will fight until the last minute of the game. We created chance after chance in the last 20."

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - in the stands at the Emirates with Cardiff owner Vincent Tan - set for talks this week about succeeding Malky Mackay, the match could be caretaker-boss David Kerslake's last game in charge of the Bluebirds but Wenger felt the visitors put in a brave display.

"You've got to give credit to Cardiff - it was a fantastic effort today and if they can manage to repeat that they will stay in the league.

"He (Kerslake) has every reason to be proud. They have some good ingredients to stay in the league."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter announces he will resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has announced he is to resign as president of FIFA and an election will be held to decide his successor.

England squad for European U21 Championship named by Gareth Southgate

England U21 head coach Gareth Southgate has revealed his final 23-man squad for the forthcoming European Championship.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was sent letter from South African FA

Sky Sports News HQ has a copy of a letter sent from the South African FA to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company