Arsenal v Nottingham Forest match preview and score prediction

Arsenal will not be going with their strongest team this evening against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup and that is fraught with risk.

Forest is in excellent form right now, they are sixth in the Championship and are on a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions and you can take it to the bank that they will be very up for this game.

Arsenal does need to be careful here, if they field a team with too many young players they could easily lose, they need to mix it up a bit with some seasoned players.

It is likely that Rob Holding will start and that Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will feature at some point and again, that is a little risky because Forest will play tough football, this is not a non-league team that Arsenal will be facing.

Naturally, the Arsenal players will be on high following their win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League and the remarkable comeback against Aston Villa on Sunday and will be looking to keep the momentum going and with home advantage, they will feel confident of grabbing the win this evening.

That said, Forest is also full of confidence and will be very eager to claim a scalp of one of Englands best teams.

I expect an open game with Arsenal dominating the possession, however, Forest will look to counter at every opportunity and will also look at set-pieces as their best opportunity of sneaking a goal.

Predicted Score

Arsenal 2-1 Forest

21 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    My line-up prediction:

    ………………Martinez
    Chambers . Holding . Mustafi . Kolasinac
    ……….Willock ……… Torreira
    Nelson ……….. Ozil ……… Saka
    ……………..Martinelli

    1. OxInTheBox says:

      no Kolasinac. he played 90 min two days ago, why the hell would we risk him?
      we might have no choice but to play Chambers as LB, Mustafi RB, and Mavropanos CB. unless there is a youngster who could play LB. maybe Nelson.

  2. Ainslee says:

    My line up

    Martinez

    Chambers Mustafi Robert Tierney

    John Jules SMITH Rowe

    Nelson Ozil Saka

    Martinelli

    1. Grandad says:

      You suggest we will not field our strongest team tonight but in the absence of Sokratis,Luiz, Mustafi and Xhaka, hopefully, who is to say that we are in fact weakening the side?.I hope Emery plays a midfield three of Torreria, Willock and Ozil on this occasion and a front three of ESR ,Pepe and Martinelli.

  3. Drew SA says:

    Is Martinelli a striker? I haven’t seen much of him yet

  4. Dan kit says:

    If I was Ozil I would tell Emery to do one

    1. ken1945 says:

      Dan, he’s too professional for that…if he does play and we lose, just watch the response to it all being his fault!!1

      At least no-one can blame him for the Watford and Villa debacle can they…can they?

      Would love to see Martinez-Bellerin-Holding-Chambers-Tierney

      Guendozi-Ozil-Willock-Sako-Nelson-Martinelli in a 4-3-3-formation with Ozil as captain.

      If AMN wasnt banned/injured I would have wanted him instead of Guendozi.

      Wouldn’t matter if we lost, just to see the future of Arsenal out there with the master playmaker as the conductor of the orchestra.

    2. Phil says:

      Tell you what Dan-Emery’s best chance of keeping his job is to get Ozil into the team as quickly as possible.We are berift of creativity in midfield and yet he continues to leave the player out.So Xhaka and Guendouzi are to be our creative spark are they? If this fool cannot realise his mistakes then he will not last until Xmas.

      1. Dan kit says:

        Yea we all know how this plays out if he plays ,
        He’ll have a average game then the usual suspects will be back on here blaming him for being non interested and not pulling his weight ,when the fans with brains know he’s going to be low on confidence and playing 1 game this season will affect his form,they will baying for his blood if he doesn’t get 14 assists tonight .
        And the bull crap Emery came out with last week just shows there is a problem there between them .
        I have no idea how Ceballos ,Xhaka ,willock are getting more game time than him .
        And yes Ken I did see his name still come up after the villa game ,I won’t mention names they know who they are .
        Theres no chance he will be here next season Phil ,I should have had a bet with a certain poster a couple of weeks ago ,after one of his outbursts .

    3. Lenohappy says:

      He cant refuse to play, he’s on a contract.

  5. Sue says:

    I don’t think they’ll rotate too much, so it’s not going to be easy.. would love to see penalties..

  6. Sue says:

    Martin.. things seem a little weird on here.. i know work was being done earlier.. but I’ve tried replying on another article, my comments vanish.. my emoji’s are now question marks.. but my comments appear ok on this article. Can you shed any light please? Thank you

    1. Sue says:

      Scrap that.. they’ve just appeared 🙂

      1. Sue says:

        And so have the emoji’s haha!!!
        All is well….

    2. Admin Martin says:

      Hey Sue, server migration, it is completed and all will sort itself out as the day goes on.

      1. Sue says:

        Ok… cheers Martin 👍

      2. Dan kit says:

        Yea we all know how this plays out if he plays ,
        He’ll have a average game then the usual suspects will be back on here blaming him for being non interested and not pulling his weight ,when the fans with brains know he’s going to be low on confidence and playing 1 game this season will affect his form,they will baying for his blood if he doesn’t get 14 assists tonight .
        And the bull crap Emery came out with last week just shows there is a problem there between them .
        I have no idea how Ceballos ,Xhaka ,willock are getting more game time than him .
        And yes Ken I did see his name still come up after the villa game ,I won’t mention names they know who they are .
        Theres no chance he will be here next season Phil ,I should have had a bet with a certain poster a couple of weeks ago ,after one of his outbursts .

        1. Dan kit says:

          Oh posted that twice ,
          Playing up abit Martin
          I just saw though now we get notifications for follow up comments ,best idea 💡 you have had on here , nice one 👍

      3. Jackoboms says:

        Admin, I used to enjoy the days we could give comments thumbs up or down. Why don’t you enable that feature. I loved it!

  7. anti-kev says:

    arsenal will play both bellerin n Tierney. then substitute them. change to 3-4-3 formation.

  8. Bryan says:

    Where is Ozil?
    Cos I don’t understand why he is not playing games and he is not even list as injured. This nonsense that occurred last season has started again.

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