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September 24, 2023

English Premier League Match Preview Round 37 (2022/23) Nottingham Forest Vs Arsenal

Written By Onyeka Daniel

At the City Ground, Nottingham Forest will welcome Arsenal for their week 37 fixture in the English Premier League with both teams having their different objectives that they hope to achieve at the end of the season. English referee, A. Taylor will be in charge of proceedings.

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The Tricky Trees as Nottingham Forest are also known as will be keen to avoid relegation and they made good progress towards that with the results from their last two games and Steve Cooper would have breathed a second sigh of relief at Stamford Bridge to see no more players enter the treatment room, owing to the number of players that have been out through injury for the team all through the season.

With a three-point gap to the relegation zone, Forest will secure their top-flight status if they can match or better the results of 18th-placed Leeds United and 19th-placed Leicester City – who face West Ham United and Newcastle United respectively.


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Cooper’s men have also found the back of the net in each of their last five Premier League games and have lost just two top-flight matches at the City Ground in 2023 – going down to Manchester United and Newcastle – but they are without a clean sheet in 15 top-flight contests since shutting out Leeds in February.

Going into this game, though favourites, Arsenal will make this trip feeling down after a 3-0 home loss to Brighton that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta later described simply as “unacceptable”. Another defeat would finally end whatever remote chance of a first league title for the Gunners even if Manchester City remain firmly in the driver’s seat with a four points lead plus having played a game less than Arsenal.

With just two wins from their last seven heading into the weekend, it is proving to be a bitterly disappointing end to another campaign of promise for the Gunners, who have been defeated in their final away fixture in two of the last three seasons, leading to suggestions that the team is starting to wear out and not built for the rigors of an entire season and playing in different competitions.

Style Of Play

Cooper has been known to play with different formations this season, alternating between the 4-3-3, 3-5-2 and 3-4-3 formation. These changes were determined either by type of players available to the coach due to a lengthy injury list or the level of opponent they’re facing. For this game, expect him to go with the 3-5-2 formation to help keep a defensive shape while being open to counter-attacks.

After scoring a brace in his last two matches, Taiwo Awoniyi should definitely keep his place in the lineup, ahead of Brennan Johnson in a two man attack. For Arteta, the 4-3-3 formation remains but with a necessary change, Trossard replacing the injured Martinelli on the right side of the attack. Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup: Navas, Worrall, Niakhate, Felipe, Aurier, Yates, Danilo, Mangala, Lodi, Gibbs-White, Awoniyi Arsenal possible starting lineup: Ramsdale, White, Kiwior, Gabriel, Tierney, Odegaard, Xhaka, Partey, Saka, Jesus, Trossard

Recent Form

Nottingham Forest in their last 20 games have just 4 wins, 5 draws and 11 losses. They will be hoping to make it three straight games without a loss after defeating Southampton 4-3 and drawing against Chelsea 2-2. For Arsenal, in their last 20 games played across all competitions, they have 9 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses.

Head To Head

Between the EPL, Carling Cup and FA Cup, both teams have faced each other 21 times with Arsenal having the advantage with 12 wins while Forest have just 4 wins. The remaining 6 ended in a draw.

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Players To Watch

After netting twice against Chelsea, Nigerian striker, Awoniyi will be keen to find the net against another London club to help his team seal their place in the EPL next season while Arsenal will be looking to their influential captain, Martin Odegaard, alongside Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Jesus.

Injuries And Suspensions

G. Biacone, J. Colback, D. Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, S. McKenna, O. Richards, N. Williams and Charlie Woods will be missing through injuries while Gustavo Scarpa remains in doubt. For Arsenal, they still be missing Mohammed Elneny, William Saliba, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Martinelli through injuries.


Both teams have everything to play for going into this game, but it should be a routine win for Arsenal if they can keep their nerves against a resolute defending from the home side. (0-2).

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