Carabao Cup: Arsenal vs. Nottingham Forest preview

Following their 3-2 enthralling win against Aston Villa, Arsenal host Nottingham Forest in the Third Round of the Carabao Cup today with a side that should see lots of changes.

Unai Emery has referenced in his press conference that there will be a lot of rotation with an eye on the Manchester United fixture.

From the u-23 players, Folarin Balogun, Tyreece John-Jules, Robbie Burton and Tolaji Bola have all trained with the first-team ahead of the clash. Balogun is certainly one to watch this evening. The Englishman’s incredible goal record for Arsenal’s academy last season has certainly caught the eye of the Arsenal manager after he netted 25 goals in 19 starts for the under-18s, with an average of a goal every 62 minutes. This season, for the u-23s he has scored 6 goals in 6 games already.

It is widely expected that Balogun debuts for the first team against Forest tonight. The game could also see the likes of Reiss Nelson and recent academy breakthrough star Bukayo Saka following his Europa League masterclass and Premier League debut play a part. Emile Smith-Rowe is also another one that will likely play either as a substitute or as a starter in the match. Emery has confirmed that Holding will play his first match after his long-term injury whilst Tierney and Bellerín will be evaluated to see if they are going to be able to play.

Arsenal’s predicted line up vs. Nottingham Forest:

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