Former Nottingham Forest man Roy Keane will be on pundit duties this afternoon when Arsenal arrive at the City Ground. He will join Ian Wright as the Reds look for a place in the fourth round of the world’s oldest cup competition.
Ahead of the clash, Keane has been less than complimentary about the Gunners. He has been quizzed on whether Mikel Arteta’s men are now genuine contenders for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Arsenal are currently fourth in the top-flight. They have bounced back superbly well of late, after enduring a tough start to the 2021/22 campaign.
Arteta brings his team to Forest today short of bodies. He has said in the build-up that his squad is somewhat threadbare – but Keane thinks that is the least of his worries.
He told ITV ahead of Millwall’s game against Crystal Palace: “After the start they had, yeah, they deserve credit for turning it around.
“They’ve got some fantastic young players at Arsenal. But the question now is can they really push on and make the top four?
“I’m not so sure. I still think they’re a bit soft at times. Especially against the bigger teams.”
Forest will hope to target ‘soft’ Arsenal
Forest will certainly be hoping to take advantage of the Gunners. They have been known to throw in an absolute disasterclass under Arteta and Reds fans will hope that happens today.
The Reds have been a different animal under Steve Cooper. In each game under the Welsh boss, Forest have had a go and today is unlikely to be any different.
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Arsenal will probably bring a mixture of youth and experience. With Forest likely to be at full strength, he will need to be careful to get his team selection spot on.
The Gunners faithful will still have nightmares over the 4-2 defeat to Forest in 2018. With that in mind, Arteta will want to avoid a repeat this afternoon.
They’ll want to also prove that Keane is wrong to call his them soft and comfortably defeat Forest.