Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Nottm Forest v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsene Wenger faces a touchline ban for Arsenal's trip to Nottingham Forest
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John Walton  PA Arsene Wenger faces a touchline ban for Arsenal's trip to Nottingham Forest Credit John Walton PA
Betsy Taylor | 08 January, 2018, 03:53

Charlie Nicholas is tipping Arsenal to come out on top in a five-goal thriller with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger's side is coming off a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at home. "So we have four days between Chelsea and Forest so that is [not] quite ideal and after it will be shorter between Sunday and Wednesday but after we have four days again so I can rotate in a little bit in a soft way".

"We played three big games in six days, twice away, a big game at home, and we have to keep our level of focus and urgency, because the third round is always very hard, especially when you play away from home against a Championship team".

Football reporter Paul Brown provided comments from Wenger before the Gunners' recent win at Crystal Palace, with the Frenchman suggesting the Forest trip will be too soon for Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Nacho Monreal. Granit Xhaka is also absent due to a groin strain.

Nottingham Forest striker Daryl Murphy is an injury doubt having come off in the home defeat against Sunderland.


So after the manic fixture congestion leading up to the New Year, we begin Arsenal's traditional January defence of our FA Cup crown, and Wenger can give a few of our first-teamers a breather before the January pile-up continues with our League Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Academy manager Brazil was placed in temporary charge at the City Ground after Mark Warburton was sacked by the club on New Year's Eve.

Nottingham Forest have won one of their last 14 matches against the Gunners in all competitions (D4 L9), and lost 4-0 at the City Ground in the League Cup last season.

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech is expected to get a rest with David Ospina coming in between the sticks as the Colombian worldwide has been our first choice keeper in the other cup competitions.

Arsenal have beaten Chelsea, Aston Villa and Hull City in their last three FA Cup final triumphs.

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