Arsenal will be aiming to return to winning ways when they host Nottingham Forest in the Premier League this afternoon.
The north London giants picked up their first draw of the league campaign at Southampton last week and it was followed by a disappointing 2-0 loss to PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League.
The lack of regular goals has been a concern with just four from the last five games and manager Mikel Arteta will be expecting an improvement against Steve Cooper’s side later today.
Aaron Ramsdale was a surprise starter against PSV on the road in midweek with Matt Turner being sidelined with a thigh concern. The England star was at fault for the second goal conceded and will be aiming to redeem himself with a shut-out. Arsenal are yet to keep a clean sheet in a league game at the Emirates this term.
The defence could see a couple of changes from the PSV defeat. Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes should return to the line-up in the places of Rob Holding and Takehiro Tomiyasu in midweek.
William Saliba and Kieran Tierney should also make the back four.
Arteta has preferred Tomiyasu over the £28.8 million-rated star (Tierney) at left-back in recent Premier League matches. However, we fancy Tierney to start to provide more creativity from the left flank.
In midfield, Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are sure starters.
The return of Mohamed Elneny from a hamstring injury is a huge boost. With Albert Sambi Lokonga struggling for consistency, the Egyptian could feature off the bench against Forest.
Further forward, it could be a familiar looking front four of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus. Jesus needs to step up after a six-match goalless run for the Gunners.
The Brazilian had two excellent opportunities to score against the Saints last weekend and was made to rue for those chances as the Gunners dropped points. Hopefully, he can redeem himself today.
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