The Premier League is back and Arsenal, who had a strong 22/23 campaign, will be looking to go one better this time around and they start their season with a home encounter against Nottingham Forest at the Emirates Stadium.
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A late-season stumble cost Arsenal the chance of winning the title last season, but it was still a campaign of huge progress for Mikel Arteta’s men and they will be keen to keep that going heading into this term.
They have spent big in the transfer market to ensure they remain competitive at the top-end of the table; signing Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice with Brentford goalkeeper David Raya reportedly not far behind.
Whether all of them are integrated into the side straight away remains to be seen, but you’d imagine £100m man Rice would come straight into the line-up as he looks to elevate Arsenal’s midfield.
Arsenal v Nottingham Forest
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MAY 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Nottingham Forest 1-0 Arsenal
OCT 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 5-0 Forest
JAN 2022 FA CUP Forest 1-0 Arsenal
SEP 2019 LEAGUE CUP Arsenal 5-0 Forest
JAN 2018 FA CUP Forest 4-2 Arsenal
SEP 2016 LEAGUE CUP Forest 0-4 Arsenal
JAN 1999 PREMIER LEAGUE Forest 0-1 Arsenal
AUG 1998 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-1 Forest
MAR 1997 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-0 Forest
DEC 1996 PREMIER LEAGUE Forest 2-1 Arsenal
In my 1-20 Premier League predictions, I predicted for Nottingham Forest to have a good season. However, with an away trip to Arsenal in their first match, it’s hard to see them getting off to a flying start.
I still feel that, with Morgan Gibbs-White and Brennan Johnson only going to get better in attack, that Forest should be able to push on up the table this season; despite some frustrations in the transfer market.
But, despite this, it’s hard to see them getting anything from their first game with Arsenal looking much too strong for them.
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