Nottingham Forest stars Taiwo Awoniyi and Felipe could both start on Saturday as the Reds take on Arsenal. That is the view of a respected journalist who covers the club and it would be a huge bonus for the Reds.
According to Paul Taylor from The Athletic, the duo could be set to play against the Gunners. Arsenal will go in the hunt for the Premier League title again and have signed some exceptional players this summer.
It was Forest who ended their aspirations of lifting the crown last year. The 1-0 win that Forest secured at the City Ground in May was enough to ensure that they remained in the Premier League for another year.
Revenge might be on the radar for the Gunners tomorrow. That famous evening in May made sure that Manchester City claimed a third straight title and left Arsenal to wonder what might have been.
Now, the Premier League prepares to kick off once again. Forest will head to Arsenal with just three new signings in their ranks, which is a stark contrast to last season.
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Anthony Elanga, Ola Aina and Matt Turner could all start at the Emirates Stadium. Interestingly, Taylor believes that Awoniyi and Felipe could also make it.
The case of Felipe is the most intriguing. He was spotted doing some work in the gym yesterday but he’s not played a single minute of a pre-season friendly.
Awoniyi had taken part in some of the pre-season campaign. He turned his ankle in the game against Leeds, however, and has been struggling to shake it off ever since.
Awoniyi and Felipe could play for Forest against Arsenal
This would be an almighty boost from a Forest perspective ahead of a big trip to Arsenal. The Reds need to ensure that they improve away this season, although the first four games do look very tough.
Forest face Sheffield United at home next Saturday, before daunting-looking trips to Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City on the horizon.
Still, these teams have to be faced at some point. Forest boss Steve Cooper will know what his remit is this year and winning more points away will surely be high on his list of things to do.
Forest fans might have been disappointed not to have seen more signings come through the door before Arsenal. However, the Reds will definitely be lifted if Felipe and Awoniyi are both on the team sheet come 11:30am on Saturday morning.