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Match preview: Arsenal (H)

20 September 2016

Nottingham Forest and Arsenal go head-to-head at The City Ground this evening with a place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup as the prize for the winners.

Nottingham Forest are aiming to reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup for the first time time since 2004 but will need to get past Premier League giants Arsenal at The City Ground this evening if they are to do so.

The two teams haven't met on Trentside since their Premiership clash back in 1999 and an entertaining encounter is in store between two sides who have become known for their goalscoring and attacking style of play.

Philippe Montanier and Arsene Wenger are both expected to make changes to their respective teams ahead of tonight's game but Forest will be hoping to cause an upset in front of a sell-out City Ground crowd.

Philippe Montanier will be without injured trio Damien Perquis, Britt Assombalonga and Thomas Lam with all three needing extra time to recover from the respective injuries they have suffered in recent weeks.

The Forest boss says former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is now fit enough to start in attack so he could be chosen as the lone striker or to partner Apostolos Vellios up front depending on the options available to Montanier.

Arsenal could field the likes of David Ospina, Gabriel and Lucas Perez in their starting line-up but the game is expected to come too soon for former Forest loanee Aaron Ramsey and also for defender Carl Jenkinson.

Nottingham Forest

Wigan Athletic (H) - Won 4-3
Millwall (A) - Won 2-1
Leeds United (H) - Won 3-1
Aston Villa (A) - Drew 2-2
Rotherham United (A) - Drew 2-2
Norwich City (H) - Lost 2-1

Arsenal

Liverpool (H) - Lost 4-3
Leicester City (A) - Drew 0-0
Watford (A) - Won 3-1
Southampton (H) - Won 2-1
Paris Saint Germain (A) - Drew 1-1
Hull City (A) - Won 4-1

Lucas Perez

Lucas Perez was Arsenal’s fourth signing of the 2016 summer transfer window when he joined from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.

The striker started his career in Atletico Madrid’s youth side, before joining Rayo Vallecano’s development team and progressing into their senior squad. Having impressed in a handful of appearances for Los Vallecanos, Lucas left his homeland to play for Ukrainian side FC Karpaty Lviv.

Arsene Wenger: “It was a surprise to me that Nicklas Bendtner signed for Nottingham Forest, but at some stage he needs to restart his career.

“You have to adapt and we are in a job where we have to show we are able to put our effort in everywhere and compete. Sometimes when you are a player of his quality, you just need an opportunity. We know he is a top-quality player, but he needs to play.

“He was very young [when I first saw him], 16 or 17 years old and I thought he was very interesting because he has a good technique, good stature, good pace, good in the air, good link play - he had it all in the locker.”

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's EFL Cup third-round tie against Arsenal have completely sold out. No further tickets will be made available.

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 7pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 7.30pm.

Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12am on Thursday morning, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Nottingham Forest - 19/4
Draw - 100/30
Arsenal - 8/15

To score first:

Apostolos Vellios - 8/1
Nicklas Bendtner - 9/1
Henri Lansbury - 16/1
 
Fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated

Bournemouth v Preston
Brighton v Reading
Derby v Liverpool
Everton v Norwich
Leeds v Blackburn
Leicester v Chelsea
Newcastle v Wolves
Fulham v Bristol City (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Northampton v Manchester United (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
QPR v Sunderland (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Southampton v Crystal Palace (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Swansea v Manchester City (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
West Ham v Accrington Stanley (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Stoke v Hull (Wednesday, kick-off 8pm)
Tottenham v Gillingham (Wednesday, kick-off 8pm)

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