Neil Warnock won’t lose any sleep over Cardiff’s tough run of games

Neil Warnock insists he will not be suffering any sleepless nights just because goal-shy Cardiff’s next three opponents are Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Cardiff head into that daunting run of games, starting with Arsenal’s trip to south Wales on Sunday, having yet to score in the Premier League.

“You say three. I’d say 33,” Warnock replied when asked about Cardiff’s tough run at his pre-match press conference.

“You are looking at the teams but if you’d let it worry you too much you’d never sleep at night.

“We’ve got to look at this as a challenge to try and create chances against the top teams.

“We know they will have a lot of possession and it won’t be all down to us parking the bus, because these teams have great quality.

“But it could be worse, we could be in the Championship going all over the country.

“I’m definitely going to enjoy going to these stadiums and, at my age, I want to see my team playing good football.”

Newly promoted Cardiff have so far drawn blanks against Bournemouth, Newcastle and Huddersfield.

But the Bluebirds have gathered points from goalless draws in their last two games, and Warnock insists the onus is on him rather than his players to find a way to goal.

“It’s down to me a bit more than them. I’ve got to come up with solutions,” he said.

“What we could get away with in the Championship, we can’t get away with in the Premier League.

“You’ve got to change all the time as a manager.

“I want to try and enjoy the games against the big clubs and my tactics have got to be like that whether we win or lose – and that’s by giving us a chance to score goals.

“Everyone expects us to lose the next three games, but I want to enjoy it.”

It remains to be seen whether Mesut Ozil will return to the Arsenal starting line-up after he missed the first victory of the Unai Emery reign last weekend.

There were reports of a training ground bust-up between player and manager, but Emery said the German midfielder missed the 3-1 win over West Ham simply because of illness.

“I’m not too bothered (if Ozil plays), I’ve got enough worries,” Warnock said.

“He can come and play me for me if he wants.

“When you’re a top international player like he is, someone who has seen and done it all, it’s only a matter of time before you click.

“I don’t think you worry about players at that level.”

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, ruled out for three months with knee ligament damage, and Aron Gunnarsson are both missing for Cardiff, while Junior Hoilett is a major doubt.

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