Nottingham Forest drew Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday night and they must just get a bit lucky with regards to the team they face.
Mikel Arteta will bring his team to the City Ground for the first time since the Reds dumped the Gunners out in 2018.
On that occasion, Arsenal Wenger dropped the ball. He chose not to stick any of his stars on the bench and watched as his second-string surrendered the trophy they’d won the year previous.
When the two teams lock horns early next year, it will be two very different teams. Arteta is under a bit of pressure at Arsenal, whilst Steve Cooper has Forest confident once more.
The Gunners boast a plethora of quality in their squad and Arteta lifted the FA Cup at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Some have suggested that Arsenal not being in Europe will see them take the competition seriously this season.
There is some hope for Forest fans, however, given the magnitude of the fixtures that Arsenal have at a similar period.
The Gunners face Manchester City on New Year’s Day and Arteta will be desperate to get going against the better sides.
His record against the Premier League’s elite and a strong side will face City.
During the week after, Arsenal face Tottenham away and Arteta won’t want to be risking any injuries to his star men against Forest.
Arsenal have quality but there’s hope for Forest
It will be really interesting to see what sort of team Arteta brings to utilise at Forest.
On one hand, he will want to progress but on the other that game against Tottenham a week later looks absolutely massive.
Arsenal are on a run of three defeats in four games and if such a run continues, the pressure could really be on Arteta by then.
Cooper won’t be bothered about having a go against Arsenal and that could gear Forest up for another FA Cup upset.