Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal, FA Cup

Dean Simpson
January 8, 2018

While handing out the ban and fine, the Football Association said that Arsene Wenger accepted his abusive language and behaviour which was improper and questioned the integrity of the match official Mike Dean.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that former Nottingham Forest boss Brian Clough was "on another planet" when the Frenchman started out in management.

For the home team, caretaker boss Gary Brazil is hopeful of seeing his side improve on the recent hard fought 0-0 draw with high flying Leeds United in the Championship.

He said: "I've been involved in some big games, like the Derby games and playing against Ipswich on the final day of last season in terms of what it meant, but I think if I am selected playing Arsenal at the City Ground is one I will look back on for years to come. So we have four days between Chelsea and Forest so that is [not] quite ideal and after it will be shorter between Sunday and Wednesday but after we have four days again so I can rotate in a little bit in a soft way".

While Wenger will shuffle his pack, he is certain to be without Granit Xhaka due to a groin injury.

The Gunners are reigning champions of the world's oldest cup competition, having defeated Chelsea in last season's final, and they will be hoping to win their fourth FA Cup in the last five years.

Sead Kolasinac (ankle), Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Olivier Giroud (hamstring) and Nacho Monreal (ankle) are all out.

Nottingham Forest and Arsenal will face each other at the City Ground in the FA Cup this afternoon.

"Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Alexandre Lacazette won't play but the real concern is that defence".

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Shkodran Mustafi will be one to drop out while Calum Chambers seems to be just ahead of Rob Holding in the pecking order, despite his horror show against Chelsea, so he might be rested with Holding starting in the FA Cup tie.

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