Arsenal travel to the City Ground on Tuesday night to take on Nottingham Forest in the third round of the EFL Cup, looking to avoid a repeat of their shock loss in the competition last season.
They were beaten 3-0 away to Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the then Capital One Cup in 2015-16, while their opponents on this occasion had been knocked out by Walsall in the second round.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 19, 2016
This time out though Forest have put together two away wins over Doncaster and Millwall, with the visit of the Gunners the reward.
Forest haven’t won in the month of September, with their last victory coming in a 3-1 triumph at home to Leeds United in August, which came before back-to-back draws and a 2-1 defeat at the weekend at home to Norwich.
After their opening day defeat to Liverpool, Arsene Wenger’s men have picked up three wins and a draw in the Premier League, including a comfortable 4-1 win over ten-man Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.
The home side will be without injured pair Matty Cash and Britt Assombalonga, with Thomas Lam and David Vaughan also major doubts, however Damien Perquis could feature if he passes a late fitness test.
Nicklas Bendtner has made two appearances from the bench since making a shock move to the Championship club, and he could run out against his former team-mates on Tuesday evening.
PM: “Nicklas Bendtner is fit and ready to start a game now. Perhaps this would be a fantastic game to start him in!” #NFFC
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) September 19, 2016
For the visitors, Wenger has confirmed that Oliver Giroud, Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Ramsey are still unavailable but admitted that defender Gabriel has a chance of making the line-up.
The Arsenal boss could be tempted to name a strong side, but with one eye on Saturday’s London derby at home to Chelsea he is likely to rest some of his key players.
Potential Nottingham Forest Starting XI (4-3-3): Stojkovic; Lichaj, Mills, Mancienne, Traore; Grant, Lansbury, Kasami; Dumitru, Vellios, Osborn
Potential Arsenal Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Holding, Mustafi, Gabriel, Gibbs; Xhaka, Elneny; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Walcott; Perez