Preview: Nottingham Forest vs.  Arsenal – predictions, team news, list

Preview: Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal – predictions, team news, list

Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s Premier League clash between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal, including predictions, team news and possible teams.

Back at the stadium where their Premier League dreams crashed and burned last season, Arsenal horn lock and Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Tuesday evening.

The Gunners got back to winning ways and scored in a 5-0 thrashing at Crystal Palace last weekend, right Nuno Espirito SantoThe team were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw with Bristol City in the FA Cup on Friday.


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Preview: Nottingham Forest vs.  Arsenal – predictions, team news, list© Reuters

The boot Taiwo Wonyi they snuffed out Arsenal’s dream of winning the Premier League once last season, and confirmed Nottingham Forest’s place in the big time for the second year in a row, but a third straight season in the top flight is far from guaranteed.

Since replacing the man who controlled the Gunners’ attack, Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen a late, goal-filled affair in the Forest dugout, with an astonishing 26 strikes flying in his opening six games. at the helm, including five in their last Premier League game against Brentford.

However, three days after Blackpool’s 3-2 win in the FA Cup, Fake Trees were put to the sword with the same goal against the hosts. Ivan Toney-Inspired the Bees, although the striker’s strike – a brilliant free kick towards the goal – was met with controversy, as he appeared to move the ball as Santo’s wall prepared itself.

A furious Forest – who are 16th in the table and four points clear of Luton Town on 18th – were informed that VAR could not intervene, and after a narrow loss, they threw away their golden goal at Ashton Gate. Friday evening.

A fourth FA Cup replay with Bristol City is on the cards thanks to a goalless draw, but the first Premier League game of 2024 awaits the Reds, exactly one month after their 2-1 win over Manchester United. to end a four-game losing streak at the City Ground.

Arsenal's Gabriel celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace on January 20, 2024© Reuters

Returning from Dubai with shiny new boots, Arsenal put an end to their previous struggles in history with a five-star performance against London’s lowly rivals Crystal Palace on January 20, where the defensive players excelled. Gabriel Magalhaes started chasing goals in the first half.

The Brazilian connected with two Gunners corners to give his side the lead – Arsenal’s second goal now credited to him after stepping down as a striker. Dean Henderson its purpose – time Gabriel Martinelli (two) and Leandro Trossard he also contributed to the win in the second half.

In 90 minutes at the Emirates, Arsenal achieved their goal in a miserable seven games between December 9 and January 7 – where only one of their matches ended with a win – and third place in the table is a. Mikel ArtetaMen at the moment, even Aston Villa are a little behind due to a poor goal difference.

Thanks to a shock FA Cup defeat at Liverpool, Arteta’s men have enjoyed another long break before returning to the road, where they have not won their last three Premier League games – not since Arteta’s first months in charge. in charge they have endured a long streak without a win.

Painful memories of last season’s 1-0 defeat at the City Ground will be recalled as the Gunners stomped on Forest’s toes again, which was the Reds’ third successive win against Arsenal in all competitions, but the North London Titans hit back. a 2-1 victory at the Emirates on the opening weekend of the current campaign.

Nottingham Forest Premier League form:

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Team News

Arsenal player Declan Rice on January 20, 2024© Reuters

All six representatives of Nottingham Forest in the Africa Cup of Nations will take part in this competition, ie. World Life, Cheikhou Kouyate, Willy Boly, Serge Aurier, Ibrahim Sangare and Moussa Niakhate both will be missing from Arsenal’s tour.

Also, the left back Nuno Tavares – who has begun to dominate his work under Santo – cannot meet his parents’ team, while Taiwo Awoniyi (groin), Anthony Elanga (thigh) and Divock Origi (groin) were both at the center of the FA Cup on Friday.

Elanga and Origi should be the first on the transfer belt outside the support room, but their participation in Tuesday’s game is still up in the air, but. Morgan Gibbs-White he is in line to be recalled after being given the chance to play in the second half like Ashton Gate.

Arsenal’s international connections Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasu they are still competing for glory with their countries, while Jurrien Timber (ACL) and Fabio Vieira (groin) won’t be coming back anytime soon.

The sights no Gooner wants to see, Declan Rice suffered an apparent hamstring injury at Palace last week, and while Arteta chalked up his concern to “fatigue”, he was not seen in the final batch of Arsenal training pictures, sparking fears about his presence on Tuesday.

Gabriel Magalhaes (ankle) was also missing from London Colney last week after being forced out of the derby, but Thomas Partey – who missed Ghana’s trip to the AFCON due to a serious thigh injury – is back in full action and could be on the bench.

Nottingham Forest who could start in the lineup:
Turner; Montiel, Omobamidele, Murillo, Toffolo; Mangala, Yates; Gibbs-White, Danilo, Hudson-Odoi; Wood

Arsenal expected to start:
Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli


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We say: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Arsenal

The questions hanging over the heads of Rice and Gabriel – two of Arsenal’s most popular players in both boxes – do not make for a good preparation for the Gunners, whose recent visits to the City Ground have been fruitless.

However, Forest’s wealth of absentees may have caught up with them against Bristol City, and they could prove easy pickings for a re-energized Arsenal side, who have their own attacking secrets and should enjoy 24 hours in second place.

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