Emmanuel Adebayor's miss gives Cardiff another chance to upset Arsenal

25 January 2009 03:39
Cardiff City earned themselves another crack at Arsenal following a goalless draw at Ninian Park.

With Cardiff tiring badly, Emmanuel Adebayor wasted an inviting chance to settle the tie when he snatched at Robin van Persie's cross.

And Ross McCormack was unlucky with a dipping free kick which rattled Luis Fabianski's crossbar.

It took Arsenal 20 minutes to create a chance. Van Persie fed the ball through to Samir Nasri on the left of the box but Cardiff goalkeeper Peter Enckelman came off his line to make a vital block.

Emmanuel Eboue was booked for an embarrassing dive in the Cardiff area as Arsenal's frustration escalated.

The pace slowed after the break, but Cardiff – flying high in the Championship – still committed numbers to attack.

Arsenal scented an opener when they were awarded a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Van Persie hit it well, but the ball flew inches wide of Enckelman's right-hand post.

Enckelman had to dive to gather a chested pass from his left-back Mark Kennedy as again play switched from end to end.

Arsenal were the first to make a change, in the 59th minute when Abou Diaby came on for Aaron Ramsey.

And though their dominance increased as Cardiff faded, Adebayor's miss was the nearest Arsenal came.

Source: Telegraph