By Bulldog Drummond
- Nottingham F v Arsenal: Different lives in different leagues
- Forest v The Arsenal. Home and away form and who played in the last round
- Forest v The Arsenal: Injuries in the PL are getting utterly out of control
- Forest v Arsenal. Are we utterly utterly desperate for a striker?
Technical note: my apologies if you see two large white spaces within the article. It’s something that is affecting some readers (and it is happening on one of my computers too) and we are still struggling to get it resolved. I really hope it doesn’t interfere with the enjoyment of Untold Arsenal too much. Tony.
As for the game today – we are playing, as you well know, Nottingham FOREST who don’t play in a forest setting, and who emphasise this fact by playing at the CITY ground. How weird is that? At least Notts County, whose ground is next door, do play within the county of Nottinghamshire. I suppose this is where the phrase “tie them up in knots” comes from.
Sports Mole are obliging as ever with a team prediction and they note in passing that Calum Chambers and Eddie Nketiah are both doubts due to COVID-19. And their team is an interesting arrangement…
Cedric, White, Holding, Tavares;
Saka, Patino, Smith Rowe;
They also predict a 1-4 win to Arsenal. And away from the predictions of the match for a moment, they are also predicting that Newcastle United are interested in signing no fewer than four Arsenal men: Aubameyang, Holding, Elneny and Nketiah. And of course if they want to go to get more playing time, this is fine as long as we have other players to replace them. For just because Liverpool are able to get the League to postpone matches without any reference to what the actual rules say, that doesn’t mean Arsenal will be able to do so.
For this match The Hard Tackle go with
Cedric, Holding, Mari, Tavares;
Martinelli, Smith Rowe, Balogun;
and they also go with a fulsome lead on No More Red which I am glad to see. They additionally come up with a couple of good pointers:
- Nottingham Forest have conceded at least two goals in six of their last seven matches (FA Cup).
- Arsenal have lost just two of their last 43 FA Cup matches against opposition from a lower division, one of which was away to Forest.
- On the two occasions that Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, they have gone on to win the trophy.
The Independent online newspaper goes with
Tomiyasu, White, Holding, Tavares;
Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe;
So that is three predictions and all different! Quite a feat. Yet there is more to come…
However first in case you haven’t noticed and you can receive UK TV, the game is being shown live in the UK on ITV 1 with the mindless chit chat and undoubted talk about every team other than Arsenal starting at 4.20pm and with kick off at 5.10pm.
The Evening Standard runs the headline “team news” and then tells us Arsenal ‘really short on numbers’ for Nottingham Forest trip but want to play FA Cup tie, insists Mikel Arteta. And that’s it. No team prediction, no nothing. Maybe they got lost in the Forest.
TalkSport also have a page on their website with “live team news” of the game but there isn’t any, only an advert for the fact that they are running a radio commentary.
90mins do however have a line up although it takes a bit of searching out
Suarez, White, Holding, Tavares;
Lokonga, Patino, Odegaard
Saka, Martinelli, Smith Rowe;
The Sun’s team news tells us that Arsenal have players in Africa, but doesn’t actually give us a line up for this match, which really is pretty dumb. But SportsKeeda remain up to the mark suggesting
Cedric Soares, Ben White, Rob Holding, Nuno Tavares;
Albert Sambi Lokonga, Granit Xhaka;
Emile Smith Rowe, Charlie Patino, Gabriel Martinelli;
And that I think has covered just about every possible combination of a line up. But I really do think it is utterly scurrilous the way these larger media organisations are just sticking anything they feel like in a headline and then not delivering in the article.
But just as we wait for the match to come around let me finish with this… It comes from the Mirror and the “39 year old” mentioned in the piece is Mr Arteta, although why they seem congenitally unable to mention his name is beyond me. But that’s the Daily Mirror for you.
“The 39-year-old is seemingly keen on instilling an ‘us vs them’ mentality within his impressionable, youthful side who have given themselves a great chance for a top-four finish.”
Remember this comes 18 months after Mikel Arteta introduced the “stop tackling” protocol in order to regain control of Arsenal games from the PGMO who in the previous season had given Arsenal more yellow cards than any other club. As a result in 2020/21 Arteta cut Arsenal’s yellow card intake in half. If that wasn’t an “us vs them” mentality I have no idea what is, or was.
Thank you Daily Mirror. Now just 18 months behind the times, which actually could be seen as quite an improvement.
And the actual team – still no Smith Rowe!
Cedric, White, Holding, Tavares;
Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli;
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