Arsenal will be out for revenge when they get their Premier League campaign underway against Nottingham Forest this weekend.
The Gunners are raring to get the new season started after triumphing over title rivals Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Mikel Arteta tasted victory over his former mentor Pep Guardiola for the first time since 2020 as Arsenal won on penalties following a 1-1 draw at Wembley.
The victory helped banish some of the pain in watching his side be overhauled by City in the Premier League title race last term.
Arsenal sat eight points clear at the top of the table after 29 matches before just two wins from their next seven handed their rivals the edge.
And City were officially crowned champions when the north Londoners fell to a 1-0 defeat to Forest in May.
That result also confirmed Forest’s Premier League survival, who will also be looking to avoid similar relegation worries this time around.
Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, August 12.
Kick-off at the Emirates Stadium will take place at 12:30pm.
talkSPORT will have live and EXCLUSIVE coverage of the Gunners top-flight opener, presented by Reshmin Chowdhury.
Commentary comes from Sam Matterface, former Chelsea defender Scott Minto and former Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill.
talkSPORT.com will also be running a live blog of all the action as well.
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Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest: Team news
Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber are all expected to make their Premier League debuts for the Gunners.
Reiss Nelson and Olekander Zinchenko both remain doubts after missing the Community Shield win over City.
Gabriel Jesus is still several weeks away from contention and joins long-term absentee Mohamed Elneny on the sidelines.
Brennan Johnson, meanwhile, made his first appearance of pre-season for Forest in the 0-0 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt last time out.
Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest: What has been said?
Arsenal won the Community Shield 4-1 on penalties, something that Stuart Pearce believes is a ‘statement’ to the Premier League.
Speaking to talkSPORT after the match, he said: “Yeah I think it does [make a statement] personally.
“They’ve spent a lot of money, they’ve bolstered the squad, they had a really good tilt in the Premier League last year, just fell short through injury and one or two other things.
“They’ve come out today and got their hands on City and maybe got past the hoodoo.
“We’re the first ones to turn round and say, ‘Nine games without beating City’, they’ve certainly done it today.”
Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest: Match facts
- Taiwo Awoniyi scored in each of his last four Premier League appearances in 2022-23, with his goal putting Nottingham Forest 1-0 ahead each time. Only Dwight Yorke in January/February 1999 has ever scored the opening goal in five consecutive Premier League appearances before.
- Taiwo Awoniyi scored in each of Nottingham Forest’s last four Premier League games of 2022-23 – only Stan Collymore (6 in March/April 1995) has ever scored in more consecutively for the club in the competition.
- Leandro Trossard – who scored Arsenal’s equaliser in last weekend’s Community Shield – has provided 10 Premier League assists for the Gunners, which is more than any other player in the competition since his Arsenal debut in January.
- Gabriel Martinelli has scored three goals in his two home games against Nottingham Forest in all competitions, opening the scoring in Arsenal’s 5-0 win last season. His first ever goals for the Gunners came against Forest, in a 5-0 League Cup win in September 2019.
- Nottingham Forest won fewer away points than any other Premier League side in 2022-23 (8), winning just one of their 19 games (D5 L13). However, Forest scored more goals in their last four away games (6) than they did in their first 15 on the road last season (5).
- Arsenal lost six Premier League games in 2022-23, with half of those defeats coming in their final six games of the season.
- Nottingham Forest have lost their opening league game in each of the last four seasons – they’ve never done so in five consecutive campaigns before.
- This is the 11th time in the last 12 seasons that Arsenal have begun their Premier League campaign with a game in London, with the exception being a 1-0 win at Newcastle in 2019-20. This is their first opening game on home soil since losing 2-0 to Man City in 2018-19.
- Nottingham Forest beat Arsenal 1-0 in their most recent league meeting in May – they haven’t won consecutive games against the Gunners since September 1978 under Brian Clough.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last nine home league games against Nottingham Forest (W5 D4) since a 3-1 defeat in March 1989. One of those nine unbeaten games was a 2-1 win in their first game of the season in 1998-99 – the last campaign in which Forest were relegated from the Premier League.
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