Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways when they welcome Nottingham Forest to the North of London this Saturday.
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London)
They have won their last ten competitive games at the Emirates.
The Gunners have kept five clean sheets in their last five competitive games.
Nottingham Forest have kept two clean sheets in their last two games.
They have failed to win away from home in their last six league games (D2, L4).
The visitors have not scored in their last four away games.
Head to head
In ten meetings between both sides, Arsenal have six wins while Nottingham Forest have just one win.
Latest performances in all competitions
Nottingaham Forest: W-D-L-D-L
Arsenal’s strong start to the Premier League season took a big hit last weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.
After going ahead thanks to a fine goal by Granit Xhaka in the first half, the Gunners were pecked back by Southampton who went level in the second half through Stuart Armstrong.
The result ended Arsenal’s four-game-winning run in the Premier League and also reduced their lead at the top of the table to two points following Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Brighton at the weekend.
After escaping with a point at the weekend, things got trickier for Arsenal in midweek as they suffered a 2-0 loss to PSV in the Europa League–their first loss in Europe this season. The loss ended a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions and was the first time Arsenal failed to find the back of the net in their last 17 games.
After the game manager, Mikel Arteta admitted that his side “deserved to lose, no question. “We were nowhere near our level today,” he said.
He also stated that “now it’s time to reset and analyse what happened” and will be hoping that his side will respond positively in this game and keep their place at the top of the league ahead of the World Cup break.
Possible Arsenal starting line-up
Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White,William Saliba, Gabriel, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Ødegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Gabriel Jesus.
Injured: Emile Smith-Rowe, Mohamed Elneny
Bottom-of-the-table Nottingham Forest stunned the Premier League last weekend as they produced arguably their best display this season in a 1-0 win over Liverpool at home.
In a bold and mature display at City Ground, Forest outplayed Jurgen Klopp’s men over 90 minutes and got the win their performance deserved. A goal by Taiwo Awoniyi made the difference in the afternoon and handed Steve Cooper’s side just their second win of the season.
The result followed a credible 0-0 draw with Brighton meaning that the visitors have lost just one of their last four PL games (W1, D3). However, despite an upturn in form, Forest remains rooted at the bottom of the table, albeit with the same points as Leeds United and Wolves. But a poor goal difference of -15 has placed them below the duo.
Having put together a two-game unbeaten run ahead of this game in London, they will hope that they can snatch an unlikely win as they continue to battle relegation.
However, their away form in the league does not inspire confidence. Cooper’s men are one of the few teams yet to win away from home this season (D2, L4). They have also failed to score in their last four away games and will come up against an Arsenal side they have failed to win away from home since the Premier League era began.
Possible Nottingham Forest starting line-up
Dean Henderson; Neco Williams, Steve Cook, Scott Mckenna, Serge Aurier; Ryan Yates, Remo Freuler, Cheikhou Kouyate; Taiwo Awoniyi, Jesse Lingard, Morgan Gibbs-White.
Injured: Harry Toffolo, Jack Colback, Moussa Niakhate, Omar Richards
Doubtful: Lewis O’Brien
Arsenal 2-0 Nottingham Forest