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Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal: FA Cup – LIVE!


Arsenal begin their request for a record-extending 15th FA Cup triumph against familiar Championship opposition this evening.

The Gunners have won this famous old competition twice more than nearest rivals Manchester United, with Mikel Arteta achieving glory at Wembley in his first season in charge back in 2020.

Arsenal – currently sitting fourth in the Premier League – were knocked out by Southampton in the fourth round last year and will be eyeing another deep run this season having also reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Looking to seal an upset in the East Midlands is a Nottingham Forest side that started the season terribly under Chris Hughton but got back on track under former Swansea boss Steve Cooper.

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However, the hosts are coming off back-to-back defeats by Middlesbrough and Huddersfield that have left them six points outside the Championship play-off places.

Two-time winners Forest will hope for a repeat of the last FA Cup meeting between these two teams, when they ran out 4-2 winners here in the third round back in 2018.

Follow Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below, including expert analysis from Simon Collings at the City Ground!

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Arsenal to wear one-off white kit today

Arsenal will be wearing a one-off all white kit this afternoon as part of a special initiative with Adidas to tackle knife crime and youth violence.

The No More Red campaign builds on the work currently being done by Arsenal in the Community and aims to provide safe spaces for people to play football, starting with the pitch on the Harvist Estate just minutes away from Emirates Stadium.

It will also involve a mentor scheme, with the likes of Ian Wright and Idris Elba on board with the project.

Today’s kit will never be commercially available and will only ever be awarded to individuals who are making a positive difference in the community.

Following the game, the ten shirts worn by outfield players will be gifted to organisations doing work in the community to address some of the root causes of knife crime and youth violence, such as The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation and The Ben Kinsella Trust.

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Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal prediction

In the past, this was exactly the kind of game one would expect Arsenal to slip up in.

Still, even with changes in mind, the Premier League side should have too much.

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Arsenal team news – Arteta ‘really short’ on numbers

Mikel Arteta admitted at his pre-match press conference on Friday that Arsenal are ‘really, really’ short on numbers ahead of a trip to the City Ground.

Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Gabriel is suspended after his sending off in the last-gasp defeat by Manchester City on New Year’s Day, while Sead Kolasinac is injured and Calum Chambers could miss out again after Covid.

The likes of youngsters Charlie Patino, Omari Hutchinson and Salah Oulad M’Hand are all part of Arsenal’s travelling squad.

Arsenal predicted XI: Leno; Cedric, Holding, Mari, Tavares; Lokonga, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli; Nketiah

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Nottingham Forest team news – Cook and Davis could make debuts

Forest could hand debuts to new signings Steve Cook and Keinan Davis today after the duo joined from Bournemouth and Aston Villa respectively.

The hosts have been dealing with plenty of Covid troubles of late, with Monday’s Championship meeting with Barnsley postponed.

Joe Lolley, Alex Mighten, Loic Mbe Soh and Rodrigo Ely are all sidelined due to injury.

Mohamed Drager is away on international duty with Tunisia, while Max Lowe is in the final stages of his recovery from a groin strain but isn’t ready to return yet.

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How to watch Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal

TV channel: In the UK, this evening’s game will be broadcast live on ITV, with coverage beginning at 4:20pm.

Live stream: Fans will also be able to catch the action online via the ITV Hub.

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Welcome to Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal LIVE coverage!

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of an intriguing FA Cup clash between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal.

We’ve had no shortage of shocks on third-round weekend so far… could we add to that number in the East Midlands?

Kick-off today is at the slightly odd time of 5:10pm GMT, so stay tuned for match build-up, live updates, the latest team news and expert analysis from Simon Collings, who is at the City Ground for Standard Sport this evening.

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