Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest
Who? – Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest in the English EFL Cup
Where? – Emirates Stadium, London
When? – 19:45 GMT, Tuesday 24th September, 2019
Arsenal welcome championship outfit Nottingham Forest to the Emirates Stadium in the third round of the English EFL Cup.
The Gunners are in good shape after a brilliant 3-0 away victory in the Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt. A 3-2 win against Aston Villa with ten men means Arsenal have shown great character to come through difficult and adverse games.
For Nottingham Forest, manager Sabri Lamouchi will be eager to continue the great form his side are showing in the league. Forest as they sit in 6th place so far, with Lewis Grabban and Albert Adomah netting important goals. Forest are still unbeaten since the opening day defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
Arsenal –Unai Emery may give Rob Holding a first appearance of the season having been out with a long-term injury, whilst Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin are doubtful and Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended.
Nottingham Forest – Sabri Lamouchi does have a few injury concerns heading into this clash, with Tendayi Darikwa, Yohan Benalouane, Michael Hefele and former Arsenal player Carl Jenkinson all unavailable for the tie.
Arsenal – Gabriel Martinelli
The Brazilian youngster, signed this summer, is likely to get an opportunity to be apart of an exciting Arsenal frontline. With Forest potentially needing to sit in deep and be hard to break down, the trickey and agility of the youngster could come in handy for The Gunners.
Nottingham Forest – Michael Dawson
The former Spurs defender will not be expecting to get the warmest of receptions when he steps out at the Emirates. However, the veteran could be a key figure in commanding his back line and preventing Arsenal from getting any advantage in the game.
Forest were able to get a surprise 4-2 win at the City Ground back in January 2018. Young striker Ben Brereton made his name with a standout performance during Arsene Wenger’s final season.
Forest however have not beaten Arsenal at the Emirates for 30 years. The home side will be expected to come out as eventual winners.
*odds as of September 23th at 17:56 GMT and subject to change
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