On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal travel to Championship Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Championship outfit are managerless after recently sacking Mark Warburton. The sacking came about with the Tricky Trees in poor form. Forest have won just one of their last eight games in all competitions while failing to win any of their last five outings.
The home side’s poor recent form has seen the side from the Midlands drop to 14th in the second tier. Forest have also been poor on home soil in recent weeks, losing three of their last four games at the City Ground, failing to score in all three defeats.
Forest hosted Arsenal in 2016 in the League Cup back in 2016, with the Gunners winning 4-0. The home side do not have a great record in recent seasons in the FA Cup, losing four of their last five games in the competition.
FA Cup holders Arsenal have won the trophy three times in the last four years. The Gunners will be confident of progressing into the next round. The north London side have suffered just one defeat in their last 24 FA Cup outings.
Arsenal’s recent form has been inconsistent, as the Gunners have drawn five of the last eight games in all competitions. However, Arsene Wenger’s side are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions. The Gunners are unbeaten in five away games in all competitions. However, three of those five unbeaten games have finished in draws, so the north London side have not been convincing on their travels.
Arsene Wenger’s side have had trouble keeping clean sheets on the road of late, as Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets in their last eight away games in all competitions.
The home side look set to without Chris Cohen, Jack Hobbs and Stephen Henderson due to injury, while Matt Mills is also doubtful due to injury. Midfielder David Vaughan may start after recovering from injury and making the bench last time out.
Arsenal are expected to be without Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac, Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey and Grant Xhaka due to injury. The likes of Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi look likely to start for the Gunners.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at odds of 3/5, the draw is odds of 16/5, while the home side are odds of 5/1 to pull off a surprise win.
Even with squad rotation and a number of players missing through injury, Arsenal will be confident of progressing into the fourth round.
Will Arsenal progress past Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon?