Arsene Wenger’s side have lifted the famous trophy in three of the last four seasons, with a triumphant campaign in 2017 helping the Frenchman to quieten his critics and earn a new two-year contract.
Further success will be expected in north London this term, as the Gunners look to enjoy another productive run through cup competition, with the Carabao Cup and Europa League also providing potential paths to silverware.
|Game||Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal|
|Date||Sunday, January 7|
|Time||16:00 GMT / 11:00 ET|
|Stream (US only)||fuboTV (7-day free trial)|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
The game will be shown live on television in the United Kingdom (UK) on BT Sport 2, while highlights can be caught on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 programme at 22:30.
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SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Position||Nottingham Forest players|
|Goalkeepers||Smith, Henderson, Evtimov|
|Defenders||Lichaj, Mancienne, Traore, Fox, Darikwa, Worrall|
|Midfielders||Bridcutt, Cohen, McKay, Osborn, Cash, Carayol, Ward, Dowell, Vaughan, Bouchalakis|
|Forwards||Murphy, Clough, Brereton, Walker, Cummings, Vellios|
Forest have had a full week to prepare for the visit of a Premier League heavyweight and that has allowed them to nurse their walking wounded back to full health, with Republic of Ireland international striker Daryl Murphy expected to come back into contention for caretaker coach Gary Brazil.
Potential Nottingham Forest starting XI: Smith, Lichaj, Worrall, Mancienne, Traore, Bridcutt, Osborn, Dowell, Vaughan, McKay, Murphy.
|Defenders||Debuchy, Mertesacker, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin|
|Midfielders||Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Coquelin, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Reine-Adelaide, Dragomir, Gilmour, McGuane, Sheaf|
|Forwards||Sanchez, Walcott, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nelson, Akpom, Nketiah, Da Silva|
With so many players nursing knocks – including Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal – Wenger will likely take the opportunity to shuffle his pack again in cup competition and put his faith in a makeshift side.
He will then be forced to watch on from the stands as his side go in search of victory, with the Frenchman having been hit with a three-match touchline ban on the back of a Football Association misconduct charge.
Potential Arsenal starting XI: Ospina, Nelson, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Willock, Coquelin, Walcott, Welbeck.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Arsenal are considered 1/2 favourites to win, with Forest 5/1 and a draw comes in at 16/5.
Arsenal have enjoyed FA Cup competition in recent years and embark on another run confident that they can steer another course to Wembley.
A trip to a Championship side represents a potential early banana skin for the Gunners and they will be wary of dropping their guard against opponents with nothing to lose.
Wenger’s side enter the game in decent form, having gone nine games without defeat, but aware that further momentum is required as they continue to compete on multiple fronts.
They will hope to have enough to see off Forest – a side they beat 4-0 in the League Cup last season – with attention then able to switch to the first leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea and an ongoing effort to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Forest, meanwhile, will have their sights set on the collection of a notable scalp which could reignite their campaign.
Struggles for consistency have held the Reds back at times, with Mark Warburton having paid the price for that with his job as academy coach Brazil fills caretaker duties until a permanent appointment is made at the City Ground.