Arsenal will be seeking revenge in their Premier League opener against Nottingham Forest this weekend. The Gunners are eager to start the new season after defeating Manchester City in the Community Shield. The victory over City helped ease the pain of losing the Premier League title race last season. Arsenal had a comfortable lead at the top of the table before a series of poor results allowed City to overtake them. Forest’s 1-0 win over Arsenal in May confirmed their Premier League survival and added to Arsenal’s disappointment.
The match between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest will take place on Saturday, August 12, at the Emirates Stadium with a kick-off time of 12:30pm. talkSPORT will provide live and exclusive coverage of the game, with Reshmin Chowdhury presenting. The commentary will be provided by Sam Matterface, Scott Minto, and Martin O’Neill. Additionally, talkSPORT.com will have a live blog of the match.
To listen to the talkSPORT coverage, you can visit their website or use the talkSPORT app. The match can also be accessed through DAB digital radio, smart speakers, and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
In other news, Arsenal’s recent signing, Declan Rice, is expected to make his Premier League debut for the Gunners, along with Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber. Reiss Nelson and Olekander Zinchenko are doubtful for the match due to their absence in the Community Shield. Gabriel Jesus and Mohamed Elneny are still recovering from injuries and won’t be available. Forest’s Brennan Johnson made his first appearance of the pre-season in their draw against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Stuart Pearce, a former player and manager, believes Arsenal’s Community Shield victory sends a strong message to the Premier League. He praised Arsenal’s squad and their ability to overcome City. Pearce also mentioned that Arsenal had gone nine games without beating City before their recent win.
Some interesting match facts include Taiwo Awoniyi’s scoring streak for Nottingham Forest, Leandro Trossard’s impressive assist record for Arsenal, and Gabriel Martinelli’s goal-scoring record against Forest. Nottingham Forest had a poor away record last season but performed better in their last four away games. Arsenal lost six games towards the end of last season, contributing to their loss of the Premier League title. Forest has lost their opening league game in the last four seasons.
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That’s all the information regarding the Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest match.
It’s the opening day of the Premier League season and it’s a big one as Arsenal host Nottingham Forest in a mouth watering clash at The Emirates Stadium.
The two teams met in the Community Shield just a few weeks ago and Forest come into the game on the back of a successful 3-2 victory over their North London rivals, much to the shock of the Emirates faithful.
Now though, it’s time to turn focus to the start of the new season and the real business starts now with both teams looking to start on the right foot in their pursuit of success this year.
For Arsenal, it marks the start of a potentially defining season for manager Unai Emery, one he will look to start on a positive note as he bids to improve on last season’s disappointing fifth-placed finish in the league.
As for Nottingham Forest, they look to build on their impressive run of form towards the end of last season that saw them finish fourth in the Championship, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier League.
Both sides have been active in the transfer window so this will be the perfect chance to get a glimpse of how they will shape up this season and it promises to be an eventful affair.
The match has a scheduled 8pm kick-off UK time and will be broadcast across multiple channels worldwide. Here in the UK, you can follow the match live on Sky Sports with an accompanying live commentary.
In terms of team news, Arsenal will be without the services of midfielder Denis Suarez and defender Nacho Monreal due to injury while Shkodran Mustafi is a fitness doubt.
For Nottingham Forest, defender Alexander Bristow has been ruled out with an ankle injury but otherwise they have a fully fit squad to choose from.
So, make sure you tune in and enjoy what promises to be a thrilling opening day encounter between two sides who are hungry for success this season.