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Dare to dream

6 January 2018

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Goalkeeper Jordan Smith says Nottingham Forest can dare to dream of an upset as they welcome Arsenal to The City Ground tomorrow.

Smith admits that he enjoyed watching the FA Cup upsets when he was growing up, and now hopes to be part of another won against the Premier League giants.

He said: "It is a game that you can't not look forward to. It is a welcome distraction from the league with it not going how we would want it to, and the FA Cup is something that you really look forward to.

"Growing up, it was all about the magic of the cup and it is almost a free hit for us on Sunday. It is the draw you want; you either want someone who you can go out and beat or you draw one of the big hitters and they don't come much bigger than Arsenal.

"The preparations have been similar in terms of what we have done in training, but you do get that sense that there is a bit more of a buzz with the big game against Arsenal.

"We know though that if you get through that, what can be on the other side of it. You dare to dream and wonder what if and that is why you look forward to it so much."

The two sides met in the EFL Cup last season, with Arsenal's much-changed side running out winners, and Smith knows that whoever takes to the pitch on Sunday will provide The Reds with a strong test.

"Whatever side they put out, they will have quality," he added. "Whether it is a full-strength side or they bring some of the youngsters as they did last season, they have the quality all the way through and that is apparent.

"If they do choose to bring a weaker squad, so to speak, then we definitely can't take them lightly as there will still be plenty of quality on the field against us."

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