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Chelsea v Arsenal League Cup semi-final preview 0

Posted on January 09, 2018 by David Nugent

On Wednesday night, Arsenal travel to London rivals Chelsea for the League Cup semi-final first leg.

Chelsea will be hoping to gain the initiative in this tie in the first leg at Stamford Bridge. The Blues clashed with Arsenal just last week, in a game that ended 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium.

Since then Antonio Conte’s side produced a rather listless display at Norwich on Sunday in the FA Cup third round and were held to a goalless draw by the Canaries. However, Blues boss Conte had rotated his squad in order for his star players to be fit for this clash.

Arsenal display their defensive ineptitude in one outrageous moment against Nottingham Forest 0

Posted on January 08, 2018 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal’s humiliating defeat at the hands of mid-table Championship outfit Nottingham Forest is one that will resonate for some weeks to come. The current holders of the FA Cup were largely tipped to defend their crown or, at least, come close to the final. However, they failed miserably, with Forest worthy winners.

Eric Lichaj opened the scoring, but his effort was cancelled out by Per Mertesacker, before Lichaj scored a stunning goal as he controlled the ball on his chest before stroking his effort into the top corner to the delight of the home fans.

Arsenal were complacent against Forest 0

Posted on January 08, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rotated his squad for the Gunners surprise 4-2 defeat at managerless Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup. This is a norm for the veteran French boss when it comes to cup competitions.

Wenger has always prioritised, with the likes of the League Cup and Europa League used to field fringe and young players. That is exactly what Wenger did on Sunday at Forest. In all honesty, the team that started probably should have had enough to beat the Tricky Trees.

Shambolic defensive display

Arsenal knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest 0

Posted on January 07, 2018 by David Nugent

FA Cup holders Arsenal suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat at Championship outfit Nottingham Forest on Sunday to exit the competition at the third round stage.

The home side had the first attempt of the game. Ben Brereton got between two Arsenal defenders but failed to trouble David Ospina. The Gunners hit back at the other end soon afterwards, as Theo Walcott looked through on goal. However, the forward scuffed his effort and the danger was gone for the home side.

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal FA Cup preview 0

Posted on January 06, 2018 by David Nugent

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.

Arsenal 10/1 to win the FA Cup 0

Posted on January 05, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal heads into Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie at Championship Nottingham Forest confident of progressing to the fourth round.

Some have rather underplayed the Gunners record of winning the FA Cup in three of the last four years. However, it is an impressive record considering that the grand old competition is now taken quite seriously by most of the English football big guns.

In truth, the FA Cup maybe Arsenal’s best hope of collecting silverware this season. The Gunners are currently odds of 10/1 to win the trophy this season, sixth favourites behind the Gunners other top-six rivals in the betting.

Wenger lavishes praise on goalscoring Granit Xhaka 1

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

After having bagged his first goal for Arsenal with an audacious strike from distance in Saturday’s thrashing of Hull City, midfielder Granit Xhaka scored again from range in Tuesday’s 4-0 win against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup third round, and the summer-signing has drawn praise from manager Arsene Wenger for his surprise goal-scoring antics.

When asked if he expected the Swiss international to be getting on the scoresheet on a regular basis, Wenger replied: “Honestly? Not really. When we looked at him, I knew he had a good shot but he played very deep last year and he didn’t get forward a lot. I hope that will give him the taste for more.”

EFL Cup a decent exercise for Arsenal this season 2

Posted on September 21, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal produced a comfortable 4-0 win at Championship Nottingham Forest in the fourth round of EFL CUP on Tuesday night. Usual Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sacrifices the competition and heavily rotates his squad.

The French did exactly the same last night with the rotation, but unlike previous years it paid off and produced some positives to take from the night.

Lucas Perez made an impact

Summer arrival Lucas Perez really needed to make an impact in last night’s game. The Spaniard did just that by scoring a brace, producing an assist and looking like a constant threat to the Forest defence.

Arsenal record comfortable win over Forest 0

Posted on September 20, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal avoided a potential EFL Cup banana skin and hammered Nottingham Forest 4-0 at the City Ground on Tuesday night to make it through to the fourth round.

The first attempt on goal of the game arrived on four minutes and it was the home side who threatened first. Swiss playmaker Pajtim Kasami hit a long-range effort well over the Gunners bar.

The visitors threatened at the other end just seconds later, as Arsenal youngster Reine-Adelaide also fire an effort well over the bar. Kasami missed a good opportunity to open the scoring by firing wide after Nicklas Bendtner had produced some good work to find him.

Olivier Giroud set to miss Tuesday’s EFL Cup clash 0

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed striker Olivier Giroud is set to miss Tuesday’s EFL Cup third round meeting with Nottingham Forest, as reported in the Mirror. The French international has played just 67 minutes of football in all competitions for the Gunners but is carrying a minor injury keeping him out of the side for the trip to face Forest.

“Giroud is still not available (for the EFL Cup), we will see at the end of the week if he can join in (ahead of Saturday’s clash with Chelsea),” said Wenger. Giroud was given a late summer holiday after competing with France in Euro 2016, reaching the final with Les Blues, but a toe injury kept him out of Saturday’s 4-1 win away to Hull City and it’s unlikely he will start against Chelsea as a result.

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