Nottingham Forest have seen their FA Cup clash with Premier League outfit Arsenal televised.

The game will take place on Sunday 9th January with a kick-off time of 17:15 live on ITV.

Arsenal were drawn to face the Reds at the City Ground; offering them a repeat of the 2018 draw at the same stage.

On that occasion, Forest produced the shock of the round to dump the holders out of the competition, winning 4-2.

Interestingly, the game has been scheduled to take place in the same place as that fateful night for the Gunners in 2018.


The landscape will look very different this time.

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Mikel Arteta has his inconsistent team battling to win enough matches to secure a return to European football.

Meanwhile, Steve Cooper has overseen a remarkable transformation at Forest, losing just once in 14 matches in charge.

It’s perhaps no surprise that the game is on television.

Given that there was a shock in store the last time Arsenal travelled to Forest, it’s certainly an intriguing tie.

Arteta has actually won the FA Cup as a manager with the Gunners. He tasted success in 2019/20 with his team beating Chelsea in the final.

Forest haven’t won the competition since 1959 and just beating Arsenal will be deemed a success this season.

Forest v Arsenal: The world will be watching

It’s perhaps a little bit sickening that none of the four remaining non-league teams will be on the television.

It did, however, always seem likely that Forest taking on Arsenal would get the nod.

Cooper will hope that his team can give a good account of themselves against the higher-ranked opposition.

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The main priority will be to try and gatecrash the play-offs but that doesn’t mean that Forest won’t eye an upset.

If Arsenal continue their drab form, the Reds might just fancy their chances in early January.

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