Chris Sutton predicts Nottingham Forest v Arsenal FA Cup tie

08 January, 2018, 03:51 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Arsene Wenger has been charged with misconduct by the FA
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Wenger has never lost at this stage in the competition but after a busy festive schedule, admits he will make changes to the holders' starting XI.

"It's a possibility. It's his preferred position but at the moment I have [Sead] Kolasinac out, [Nacho] Monreal out and I don't have much choice on the left side unless I play another young boy in Josh Da Silva. So we have four days between Chelsea and Forest so that is [not] quite ideal and after it will be shorter between Sunday and Wednesday but after we have four days again so I can rotate in a little bit in a soft way".

"We have to keep our level of focus, of urgency, because the third round is very hard especially when you play away from home against a Championship team".

Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil he will not be the manager of the Reds on a permanent basis.

While Wenger will shuffle his pack, he is certain to be without Granit Xhaka due to a groin injury.

Arsenal have twice eliminated Nottingham Forest from the FA Cup, in 1978/79 and 1992/93 - they went on to win the trophy in both of those seasons.

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"Forest are searching for a new manager having sacked Mark Warburton and Arsenal will be too strong for them".

What's more he believes that replays are one of the reasons for that success in the competition.

Forest have kept clean sheets in eight of their last 12 home FA Cup games.

"I am concerned about Arsenal here", Nicholas told Sky Sports. That means Calum Chambers or Mathieu Debuchy could be drafted into defence.

Despite the Gunners excellent home record, they have won just 3 of their 11 away League games this season, but adversely Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 away games in the FA Cup, and even more if you include our Wembley semis and Finals!

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech is expected to get a rest with David Ospina coming in between the sticks as the Colombian global has been our first choice keeper in the other cup competitions.

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