This was a very different Arsenal to what we have seen recently, it was exciting, refreshing and entertaining, they dominated the first half with 14 shots on goal culminating in a wonderful goal from Gabriel Martinelli.
Kieran Tierney looked very good and while it is a Championship side that was the opposition it was still a great first half for the former Celtic left-back.
Calum Chambers, who provided the assist for Martinelli with a beautifully placed volley, was a constant threat down the right and for the first time in a very long time the flanks belonged to Arsenal.
There may have been just the one goal in the first 45 minutes but the performance was almost flawless, it was fluent and confident and the only downer was Emile Smith-Rowe being stretchered off.
The second half went much the same way, though Forest did venture forward a little bit but were well contained by the likes of Mustafi, who was having another fine game and Holding who had a good return to action.
It should have been 2-0 on the 66th minute but Willock missed a brilliant chance heading the ball wide of the goal when all he needed to do was get it on target.
Three minutes later Martinelli came agonisingly close after the ball was whipped across the penalty area and it really was just a matter of time before the second goal was scored and just one minute later none other than Rob Holding headed the ball into the back of the net.
The absolute joy on Holding’s face told you everything you needed to know about how the young man felt, it was pure relief.
It just got better from there on, it started with Mustafi passing the ball to the returning Bellerin who fed the ball beautifully for Willock to tap it in and it was 3-0 after 78 minutes.
The fourth goal came in the 84th minute with Chambers assisting Nelson with a pass from the left side of the penalty area, it was a well-taken goal that involved Ceballos and Saka in the build-up as well.
The fifth goal came courtesy of a deflected shot from Martinelli to cap off a great night for the youngster.
Overall it was a great performance, the defence were brilliant and that includes Mustafi.