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The Gunners will face their colourful former striker at the City Ground with both sides bidding to emerge victorious and progress to the fourth round of the League Cup

Nicklas Bendtner has been handed a start in the EFL Cup as he lines up for Nottingham Forest against former club Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has gone for a mixture of youth and experience with new signings Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez starting with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gabriel and Mohamed Elneny also in.

Youngsters Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are both handed a chance to impress, while Kieran Gibbs captains the side.

The hosts start with Bendtner, who joined the club earlier this month, and also include another former Gunner, Henri Lansbury in their starting XI.

Nottingham Forest XI: Stojkovic, Pereira, Mancienne, Mills, Lichaj, Dumitru-Cardoso, Cohen, Lansbury, Kasami, Osborn, Bendtner.
Subs: Smith, Fox, Carayol, Lica, Hobbs, Grant, Vellios.

Arsenal XI: Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Lucas.
Subs: Macey, Bielik, Sheaf, Mavidi, Willock, Zelalem, Da Silva.

 

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