Arteta will still field a very strong team against Nottm Forest today (Predicted XI)

We all know that Mikel Arteta has admitted that he is “very short” of players for today’s game at Nottm Forest, but that doesn’t mean that he cannot still field a very strong team.

Arteta has admitted that there is no point resting players as you never know who will be available anyway. He said: “For me now, it’s very difficult to plan. It’s no priority, you have to go game-by-game, regardless of the competition. You want to plan what’s going to happen in two or three games and you decide for key players not to play because they’re going to play in other matches, it doesn’t work like that, because maybe the next day they get Covid or something happens and you don’t have them! We go game-by-game, try to win every single game and then the rest will be much better.”

So, on that premise, despite being very short of players, I still think Arteta will choose the very best team available.

Obviously midfield is a big problem with Elneny and Partey gone to AFCON, and AMN gone to Roma. It would appear that Xhaka is also out with Covid as he hasn’t been seen training this week, so it looks like Charlie Patino will be on from the start alongside Lokonga.

I am also sure that Leno will be back in goal as our Cup keeper, and I am reasonably sure that Holding will be alongside White in a straight swap for Gabriel, who is suspended. I suspect Tavares and Tierney will be on the flanks.

Up front, I don’t see any changes except for Nketiah coming in for Lacazette, so Martin Odegaard, and Bukayo Saka will keep their places.

So here is my team for today’s game….

Leno
Tavares…White…Holding….Tierney
Lokonga…Patino..
Odegaard…Saka..Martinelli
Nketiah

That should be more than strong enough to beat Forest, surely?

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  1. Sean M says:

    Very tough one to call but I’d say:
    Leno
    Cedric
    White
    Holding
    Tavares
    Elneny
    Lokonga
    Pepe
    Odegaard
    ESR
    Nketiah

    Salah to get his debut in the last 10 mins

    1. Twig says:

      Isn’t Pepe off to AFCON too?

    2. zamind says:

      not funny Sean M

  2. Ken George says:

    Elneny and Pepe are in Africa for the Nations cup !

  3. Shortboygooner says:

    I reckon it will be

    Leno
    Cedric
    White
    Holding
    Tavares
    Pinto
    Lokonga
    Balogan – not sure if he is out on loan yet
    Odegaard
    ESR
    Nketiah

  4. Whyte says:

    Leno
    Cedric
    Mari
    Holding
    Tavares
    Charlie
    Albert
    Emile
    Odegard
    Martinelli
    Nketia

  5. Voyageur says:

    Perfect game to try White or Chambers at DM. We are one injury or suspension away from needing some options.

    Really hoping to see Hutchinson get some time today.

  6. Esteban says:

    Mari is a much better defender than Holding. Holding was poorly positioned and Man City scored, he was just watching not moving to put his foot on the ball.

  7. Siamois says:

    No matter the line-up,we should have too much for Forrest.by the way they are showing the game on ITV from 16:30.

  8. JW says:

    Is ESR the new Aubameyang?

    He cannot even get onto the bench in an FA Cup match.

    I really hope it is due to injury, if not, it looks like a loan or sale in January for him.

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