Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Premier League game between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Top meets bottom in Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium, as arsenal approach Nottingham Forest aiming to avoid a third consecutive match without a win.
The Gunners went down 2-0 to PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League on Thursday Steve CooperThe men beat Liverpool 1-0 last weekend.
While it takes nothing away from PSV Eindhoven’s stellar performance at the Philips Stadion, Cody Gakpo i Xavi Simons in particular, he terrorized Arsenal’s backline; it’s fair to say that the result had been coming Mikel Artetaside of
As impressive as their winning streak had been, the Gunners had failed to convince against Bodo/Glimt, Leeds United or PSV the previous week, and the attacks of Luke de Jong i Joey Veerman it means Arteta’s men have everything to do against FC Zurich next week to seal a place in the last 16.
After bursting out of the blocks against Southampton last week, the Gunners also struggled for Ralph Hasenhuttlfrom the side, one of a series of less-than-dominant performances that have prompted a touch of apprehension, but as things stand, Arsenal are still sitting pretty at the top of the table.
Arteta’s men could have been relegated to second place come Sunday if Manchester City take on Leicester City on Saturday, but a return to the comforts of home is just what the doctor ordered for a team from the ‘Arsenal that obviously needs a Get me.
Indeed, the Gunners go into Sunday’s match on a 10-match winning streak at the Emirates in all competitions – including each of their last eight in the Premier League – but have failed to keep a clean sheet of the highest category in this race. and Forest know a thing or two about stunning the big boys.
Not since Newcastle United in November 2010 has a newly promoted side come away from a Premier League clash at the Emirates with all three points to their name, but Nottingham Forest and their new defensive resilience should fear nothing no team after putting Liverpool to the sword.
Former Reds striker Taiwo Awoniyi reacted quicker to a loose ball to fire home in the 55th minute, and had a more brilliant goalkeeper from Dean Henderson to keep Liverpool at bay in the dying embers – there would be no second Premier League goal Alisson Becker despite his best efforts.
Having managed to hold Brighton & Hove Albion to a goalless draw on the south coast, the Tricky Trees are proving a tough team to break down at the moment, but their position in the table remains precarious as they sit 20th position two points adrift of safety.
Conceding just two goals in their last four games means Forest’s stern defense should be a real test of Arsenal’s attacking prowess, but Cooper’s side have managed just two wins on the road this season and have failed to score in each of their last four at home. games ahead of the club’s first league visit to the Emirates Stadium.
However, Cooper and co will have fond memories of their FA Cup third-round win against Arsenal in January, but not since Brian Clough days of 1989 have won a league game at home to the Gunners, who would do well to rediscover their golden touch and quell any murmurs of discontent.
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The injury added insult to injury for Arsenal following their defeat to PSV, as a key defender. Gabriel Magalhaes he was seen limping back to the team manager with an as yet unspecified injury, so Arteta could be forced into an unplanned resuscitation here.
Mohamed Elneny (hamstrings) i Emile Smith Rowe (groin) remain on the sidelines, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is a perennial doubt with a calf problem. markinos (disease) i Matt Turner (groin) was also missed in midweek and they are also uncertain, but both players would only request places on the bench at best.
Should Gabriel be disqualified from this contest, Ben White it could happen to the partner Guillem Saliba in the center, with Takehiro Tomiyasu i Kieran Tierney shelling the flanks. Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus i Bukayo Saka – who has been banned twice for skipping Arsenal’s last two games – will also be one of the players to return to the starting eleven.
As for the visitors, the quartet of Omar Richards (calf), Jack Colback (back), Harry Toffolo (hamstrings) i Moussa Niakhate (thigh) remain on the sidelines, while Lewis O’Brien has been dealing with a particularly unpleasant illness.
It remains to be seen whether O’Brien will have recovered sufficiently in time for the trip to the Emirates, but Cooper should leave his starting line-up largely intact after his memorable success over Liverpool.
Jesse Lingard he endured another fruitless afternoon and was withdrawn just after the hour, but ie Brennan Johnson will contemplate an immediate withdrawal from the first XI.
Arsenal’s possible starting line-up:
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Saliba, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Aurier, Cook, McKenna, Williams; Yates, Kouyate, Freuler; Gibbs-White, Awoniyi, Johnson
We say: Arsenal 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Arsenal facing newly promoted sides at the Emirates usually only ends one way, but the tired Gunners can take nothing for granted against a Forest side who are growing in confidence heading into the week, especially with Arteta’s team that fails to keep the opposition at bay. at home.
However, Cooper has yet to find an answer to his team’s disintegration on the road, and a return to home turf should be the formula for a welcome three points for Arsenal here.
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