Nottingham Forest welcomes Arsenal in a third-round match from the FA Cup. The match will be played on City Ground and will be one of the most interesting matches in this round. Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger will choose a team among his reserve players, something that is confirmed by his interview for arsenal.com where his said that fresh players will start in the match. The key player would be saved from the upcoming League Cup semifinal against Chelsea, where much more effort must be provided for a positive result.
At first glance, Arsenal’s visit against Nottingham should be an easy one. The hosts are experiencing a lot of troubles in Championship this season and are currently on the 14th place in the standings. Only few days ago the manager Mark Warburton was fired and now Nottingham is led by Gary Brazil. Only the team’s results will show whether Brazil will remain permanently or will be only a temporary appointment for Nottingham.
Forrest players performance is also away from what it should be as they haven’t a single win in their last five matches in Championship, having failed to score a goal in their last three games.
Arsenal have bigger problems with injuries, besides the permanently injured Santi Cazorla, out for this match are also Olivier Giroud (who for sure would start this match if he was fit to), Aaron Ramsey, Sead Kolašinac, Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny. For Forrest, the match would miss Henderson.
Matches against the Championship team are rarely easy for Arsenal and this is shown in the last year difficult success against Preston, which came in the last few minutes. With the B team, Wenger will not make his life easier, and this gives good betting opportunities to bet for Nottingham. Bet365’s offer of Nottingham’s win with +1 Asian Handicap bet is a good enough bet that can only be a loser if Arsenal wins with 2 or more goals. The last victory with a similar result for Arsenal was at the end of November against Huddersfield in the Premier League.
Finally, something curious, Arsenal has twice played against Nottingham Forrest for the FA Cup (in 1979 and 1993) and Arsenal won the trophy in both years. Whether it will happen again we would see on Sunday. The match starts at 16:00 UK time.