Match Preview: Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

The FA Cup third-round begins this weekend with holders Arsenal facing Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

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Arsenal are the current holders of the FA Cup having defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley to win the trophy for the record 13th time.

Nottingham Forest are currently managerless after sacking Mark Warburton. His dismissal followed a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sunderland. Academy manager Gary Brazil is in charge of Forest as their caretaker manager while they find a replacement. Forest were knocked out of the third round last season as Wigan beat them 2-0.

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Forest will check on the fitness of striker Daryl Murphy who missed the goalless draw against Leeds on New Year’s Day.

Granit Xhaka will miss the match because of a groin injury. Sead Kolasinac (ankle), Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Nacho Monreal (ankle) remain sidelined.


Arsene Wenger, who is starting a three-match touchline ban against Forest, will rotate his squad but should still have enough quality to overcome the Championship side. My prediction is Nottingham Forest 1-3 Arsenal.


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