Arsenal predicted the line-up against Nottingham Forest

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Arsenal travel to Championship side Nottingham Forest City Ground for the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners have advanced to the fourth round of a competition they have won more often than any other club in 24 of the last 25 seasons – although the only miss came away against Forest 2018.

Here is XI that Mikel Arteta can hire to avoid a similar upset.

The best feeling in the world, honored to wear the armband! Top job from the guys tonight! You vetww !!! ? #COYG pic.twitter.com/kKqzvRigmM

– Rob Holding (@ RobHolding95) September 24, 2019

Bernd Leno (GK) – Exiled to the role of understudy after Aaron Ramsdale’s seamless adaptation to his surroundings in north London, Leno can barely afford any mistakes during the limited playing time he is granted.

Cedric Soares (RB) – After missing the chance to replace Takehiro Tomiyasu on the second day, Cedric should be given a rare run-out ahead of a triple nod with Tottenham and Liverpool (twice) next week.

Ben White (CB) – The club’s signing of the summer has shaken off some unrest from the beginning of the season, which at first made many Arsenal fans long for the indifference of the sport White claims to have.

Rob Holding (CB) – One of the three goals that Holding has scored throughout his senior career came in his most recent encounter with Forest.

Nuno Tavares (LB) – Arsenal’s two-legged left-back makes an average of two healthy shots per 90 minutes in this season’s Premier League (more than shooter Emile Smith Rowe) but has only aimed one of his 14 attempts at goal.

Official Martin Odegaard appreciation post ™ ️

Great performance, Martin? https://t.co/mmJK5VZpkZ pic.twitter.com/Q7w86apyGY

– Arsenal (@Arsenal) 21 December 2021

Albert Sambi Lokonga (DM) – With Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all likely to be absent in January (if not longer), Sambi has shot back up the notch in a midfield that looks a bit light.

Charlie Patino (CM) – Arteta was cautious after the 886th and last player representing Arsenal scored on his debut in the club’s recent cup match, but suggested more playing time could be on the horizon: “If we need him, we will use him.”

Martin Odegaard (CM) – Having had a direct impact on seven goals in his last eight games, Odegaard has improved his combined goals and assists for the club over his first 32 games.

Energy. Passion. Wish.

Keep doing what you’re doing, @gabimartinelli? pic.twitter.com/K19MfSenkp

– Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 2, 2022

Bukayo Saka (RW) – Arsenal would prefer to rest Saka, but with Folarin Balogun about to join Middlesbrough on loan and others away at AFCON, Arteta may have no choice but to start him.

Gabriel Martinelli (ST) – With five-goal Eddie Nketiah sidelined by COVID, Arsenal’s Brazilian dynamo could be tried in the middle, perhaps in a preview of next season.

Emile Smith Rowe (LW) – Smith Rowe’s recurring role as a (scoring) Premier League substitute almost secures a starting place in the cup, which alternately slides in from the left.

Read 90mins preview of Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal here.

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