After the midweek fixture against Liverpool was postponed, Arsenal will return to action on Sunday evening against Nottingham Forest in the F.A Cup.
Despite losing the game against Manchester City in their last game. Mikel Arteta’s side displayed a promising performance. And the Emirates faithful can be optimistic about their future with the talented youngsters in their squad.
Although the North London club started the new campaign poorly, they are currently sitting fourth in the Premier League table with 35 points in 20 games. This has been a great surprise as no one expected the Gunners to change for the Champions League places at the start of the season.
Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal: Preview
This will be the first F.A Cup meeting between these two sides. And on the previous four occasions, both sides have progressed to the next round two times each. The Gunners have come away victorious five of the last six encounters against the Reds.
Arsenal has only been eliminated from the F.A Cup third round tie only once in the last 25 occasions. And surprisingly the only defeat came against Nottingham Forest in the 2017-2018 season.
On the other hand, Forest is looking to progress to the fourth round of this competition in back-to-back seasons. Previously they were able to do that in the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons.
Nottingham Forest form (all competitions):
Arsenal form (all competitions): W-W-W-W-W-L
It isn’t clear who will be able to feature in this game for Nottingham Forest for this encounter due to Covid issues. But, the game will take place no matter what. Mohamed Drager has joined the Tunisia national squad to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations.
On the other hand, Arsenal will be without Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to their commitment to their national team in the Africa Cup of Nations. But, the Gabonese forward has tested positive for Coronavirus.
Sead Kolasinac has returned to training after recovering from injury but this game will be too early for him to start. Callum Chambers and Eddie Nketiah are in doubt for this encounter for Coronavirus issues.
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Horvath; Spence, Cook, Worrall, Bong; Garner, Cafu; Zinckernagel, Carvalho, Johnson; Davis
Arsenal possible starting lineup(4-2-3-1):
Bernd Leno; Cedric Soares, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhães, Nuno Tavares; Granit Xhaka, Albert Sambi Lokonga; Bukayo Saka, Charlie Patino, Emile Smith Rowe; Gabriel Martinelli