Arsenal have the opportunity to register a third straight victory across all competitions when they entertain Nottingham Forest in the League Cup third round on Tuesday night.
Gunners boss Unai Emery is bound to make multiple changes from the recent Premier League clash against Aston Villa and that may have no relevance to the fact that the Cup tie has been scheduled just 48 hours after the hard-fought triumph over the Villains.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended for the encounter after picking up a red card during the first half of the league clash against Villains. Likewise, Alexandre Lacazette is out of contention with a minor ankle concern while Dinos Mavropanos, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin could miss the Cup tie after just returning to first-team training. Rob Holding, however, has been deemed fit and available for selection after building up his fitness over the past month with multiple games for the development squad.
Damian Martinez produced a top-notch performance during the Europa League opener against Eintracht Frankfurt last week. The Argentine is bound to start the Cup tie against Forest with Bernd Leno likely to be rested with a view to the Premier League clash at Manchester United.
In the defence, at least three changes could be anticipated from the weekend. Calum Chambers should start in the right-back spot following his game-changing performance at the weekend where he scored a crucial equaliser.
Elsewhere, Shkodran Mustafi should return to the starting mix and the German is likely to have a new central defensive partner in the form of Rob Holding. On the left side of the backline, Sead Kolasinac may continue in his role with no senior options to call upon to replace him.
At the heart of the midfield, a complete reshuffle is expected from the weekend game and both Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi should be rested. In their places, Lucas Torreira and Joe Willock are likely to feature after their impressive cameo appearances in the sublime comeback win over Villa at the weekend.
Ahead of them, Mesut Ozil should be expected to feature in the advanced midfield role after failing to play a single minute in the past two games in all competitions. Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson should flank the German either side with Gabriel Martinelli leading the line in what would be his maiden start for the club.
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