Arsene Wenger reveals admiration for Brian Clough

Nottingham Forest

Arsenal fans humiliated after latest comments from Nottingham Forest boss Gary Brazil

Wenger, who was aggrieved after West Brom were handed a late penalty to level the match, was charged by the English Football Association for using inappropriate language and behavior towards the match officials in their changing room after the game.

The ban will keep the Arsenal manager away from the touchline during Nottingham Forest's FA Cup game, Chelsea's Carabao Cup match and Bournemouth's visit in a Premier League fixture.

The odds are stacked heavily in the favour of Arsene Wenger's side; the Frenchman has never lost a third-round tie, while Forest have only one a single one of their last 14 matches against Arsenal. Caretaker boss Gary Brazil will have to massively up the ante for Forest to have any chance of knocking out the cup holders in the third round. "If you gave me the choice of whether to go out or to replay I'd still want to replay".

Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Sead Kolasinac, Olivier Giroud and Nacho Monreal are all injured.

The US team regular and Forest's player of the year last year moved to Nottingham after a stint at Aston Villa, and he's both productive and well-loved in Nottingham.


Nottingham Forest recently sacked Mark Warburton in controversial fashion after owner Evangelos Marinakis deemed him to have under performed in his role as manager.

The FA have taken a dim view of Wenger's withering censure of Dean, but Nottingham Forest have at least seen the amusing side.

What's more he believes that replays are one of the reasons for that success in the competition. That means Calum Chambers or Mathieu Debuchy could be drafted into defence.

I'd still expect Arsenal to progress with Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott good enough and experienced enough to get them through what looks a very awkward clash.

Attack: Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are expected to be rested while Alexandre Lacazette should also be given a breather after starting throughout the festive period.

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