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The Gunners Look to Give a Last Try to the Lost Battle Against Forest | Team News, Injuries and Predicted Lineup – Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal

Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal

Let’s take a look at the team news as Arsenal give a last try to prevent Manchester City from clinching the Premier League title as they visit Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Arsenal experienced a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion in their previous match, which pushed them down to second place in the standings, trailing the Cityzens by four points, with City having an extra game to play. Brighton’s triumph in the previous game dealt a significant blow to the Gunners’ title hopes, leaving little room for recovery.

Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal
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Forest, under Cooper’s guidance, have displayed their attacking prowess by scoring in each of their last five Premier League matches. However, their defensive record is a concern as they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 15 top-flight encounters since February. Arsenal will aim to capitalize on these defensive vulnerabilities and rectify their own attacking mistakes against Nottingham Forest.

Injury/Suspension List:

The Gunners are facing fitness concerns at a crucial juncture. Gabriel Martinelli will be sidelined for the remaining two matches of the season due to an ankle injury sustained from a challenge by Moises Caicedo of Brighton. . Zinchenko surprisingly participated in team training last week but was later ruled out, along with Saliba.

Neither Saliba nor Zinchenko are expected to recover in time for Saturday’s match. Additionally, Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasu, who are nursing knee injuries, will also remain unavailable. Despite a disappointing performance against his former club, Leandro Trossard is likely to replace the injured Martinelli.

Oleksandr Zinchenko, William Saliba
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Forest head coach Steve Cooper would have felt a sense of relief as no additional players joined the injured list after their match at Stamford Bridge. The absentees for the home team, however, are expected to reach double figures once again.

Dean Henderson, Chris Wood, Giulian Biancone, Neco Williams, Omar Richards, Scott McKenna, Jack Colback, and Jonjo Shelvey are all set to miss the game due to various injuries and internal disciplinary issues. Gustavo Scarpa and Emmanuel Dennis will undergo further assessments in the coming days.

Player To Watch Out For – Morgan Gibbs-White

One of Gibbs-White’s notable skills is his close ball control. He possesses excellent dribbling ability, allowing him to maneuver through tight spaces and take on opponents with confidence. His agility and quick feet enable him to change direction swiftly, making it challenging for defenders to dispossess him.

Furthermore, the Englishman has shown proficiency in passing. He has good vision and awareness on the field, which allows him to execute accurate short and long-range passes to teammates. His passing range contributes to the team’s build-up play and creates scoring opportunities for his teammates.

Morgan Gibbs-White
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In addition to his technical skills, the 23-year-old has demonstrated his ability to make intelligent off-the-ball movements. He possesses good positional awareness, finding spaces to receive the ball or make runs into the attacking areas.

Morgan’s understanding of the game and ability to read the play make him a valuable asset in the team’s attacking movements. Whether through powerful shots from outside the box or well-timed runs into goal-scoring positions, Gibbs-White can be a threat in the attacking third.

Nottingham Forest Form:


Arsenal Form:


Arsenal Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1):

Aaron Ramsdale (GK); Ben White (RB), Jakub Kiwior (CB), Gabriel (CB), Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB); Granit Xhaka (CM), Thomas Partey (CM); Bukayo Saka (RW), Martin Odegaard (CAM), Gabriel Martinelli (LW); Gabriel Jesus (ST).

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Predicted Score:

Nottingham Forest 1-1 Arsenal

Arteta faces a daunting task of motivating his players for the upcoming match against Forest. Cooper’s team has managed to secure seven points from their last four games, placing them just outside the relegation zone with a few matches left to play. Even a single point in the upcoming match would greatly contribute to their fight for survival.

Nottingham Forest has shown commendable form at home, adding to the challenge for Arsenal. The importance of the match for the home team makes it a difficult fixture for the North London side, who will once again be missing several key players.

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