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A mouth-watering occasion

5 January 2018

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Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil is eager to test himself against Arsenal in Sunday’s “mouth-watering” Emirates FA Cup clash.

The Reds take on The Gunners on Sunday afternoon and Brazil, who will be in the dugout for the second time after taking charge at Leeds on New Year's Day, is relishing the occasion.

He said: "It is mouth-watering for the fans and we need to make sure we put in a good performance for them. We want them to come to The City Ground and go away proud of what we have done.

"If you are not looking forward to it, and it doesn't give you butterflies in the stomach, then you are in the wrong business.

"I don't think there is ever a bad time to play Arsenal in the FA Cup! We are at home, there will be a big crowd and from a player's perspective, I would be wanting the shirt."

Brazil is fully aware of the calibre of Arsenal's squad and the challenge they pose, but knows that he also has to send his side out onto the pitch with a game plan.

He added: "You have got to make sure you have a game plan for yourselves but also acknowledge the opposition, exactly as we did for Leeds.

"You are aware of their strengths and weaknesses and areas that you can hurt them, but also areas where you can get hurt and you make sure you negate one and take advantage of the other."

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