Arsenal vs Nottingham LIVE Football Score 20 May 2023
Man City’s victory at Everton was swiftly followed by Brighton’s resounding triumph at the Emirates which means City, due to their superior goal difference, need just two points to claim their third successive league title.
They’ll be expected to beat Chelsea on Sunday in the wake of their emphatic win over Real Madrid on Wednesday night, although defeat for the Gunners at the City Ground would also crown them champions.
While it feels like Mikel Arteta’s side have little to play for, it’d be a shame to see Arsenal’s majestic campaign end with a whimper.
Dean Henderson (thigh), Chris Wood (thigh), Giulian Biancone (knee), Neco Williams (jaw), Omar Richards (calf), Scott McKenna (shoulder), Jack Colback (head) and Jonjo Shelvey (calf/internal disciplinary) are all sidelined, while Gustavo Scarpa (calf) and Emmanuel Dennis (knock) are doubts.
Nottingham Forest is going head to head with Arsenal starting on 20 May 2023 at 16:30 UTC at City Ground stadium, Nottingham city, England. The match is a part of the Premier League.
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NAME: Nottingham Forest – Arsenal
DATE: 20 May 2023
TIME: 16:30 UTC
VENUE: City Ground, Nottingham, England
About half an hour after witnessing the soaring Seagulls outgun his young guns, Mikel Arteta offered a sincere apology to dejected Gooners, who witnessed a cagey first half and a harrowing second during the visit of Roberto De Zerbi’s men to the Emirates Stadium.
While there was an air of controversy over Julio Enciso’s opening goal as Jakub Kiwior took a stamp to the foot, there was nothing contentious about Deniz Undav’s lob or Pervis Estupinan’s third, effectively guaranteeing that Arsenal’s title charge will end in failure.
Defeat at the City Ground would mathematically hand Man City the title, a draw would more or less do the same given the champions’ vastly superior goal difference, and even if Arsenal can produce the goods on Saturday, their wafer-thin hopes will be extinguished if Pep Guardiola’s men beat Chelsea a day later.
With just two wins from their last seven heading into the weekend, it is proving to be a bitterly disappointing end to another campaign of promise for the Gunners, who have been defeated in their final away fixture in two of the last three seasons.
On a brighter note for the visiting contingent, their side ran out comfortable 5-0 winners when Nottingham Forest visited the Emirates back in October, but the Tricky Trees downed Arsenal at the City Ground in last year’s FA Cup and could now close off another avenue to silverware for their capital counterparts.
Steve Cooper opted to change tack last weekend at Chelsea by switching to a 3-5-2, and the Forest boss could retain this system for the Gunners’ visit to the City Ground.
Gabriel Martinelli has been ruled out for the Gunners’ remaining two games of the season after sustaining ankle ligament damage in the defeat to Brighton. The Brazilian joins William Saliba (back), Takehiro Tomiyasu (knee), Mohamed Elneny (knee), and Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf) on the sidelines.Leandro Trossard and Reiss Nelson will be vying for a starting berth in Martinelli’s absence.
Arteta could make a couple of changes elsewhere, with Thomas Partey potentially coming back into midfield and Granit Xhaka perhaps earning a rest.
Brighton’s victory last Sunday was the nail in the coffin. The title is done, and it’s going to be hard for Arteta to rally his players for the trip to Forest.
Cooper’s side have picked up seven points from their last four games to leave them outside the drop zone with a couple of games remaining, and even a point on Saturday would go a long way to safety.
Frank Lampard’s out-of-sorts troops were 1-0 down at the break courtesy of a Taiwo Awoniyi header before a brace from Raheem Sterling turned the tide in the hosts’ favour, but Awoniyi joined his counterpart in the two-goal club with another header just four minutes after Sterling’s second.
Even with Chelsea in their current predicament, avoiding a hiding in West London would have been the overriding goal for Steve Cooper and his charges last weekend, and that hard-earned draw leaves the Tricky Trees on the brink of survival in 16th place in the table.
With a three-point gap to the relegation zone, Forest will secure their top-flight status if they can match or better the results of 18th-placed Leeds United and 19th-placed Leicester City – who face West Ham United and Newcastle United respectively – and successive home wins over Brighton and Southampton is just what the doctor ordered before the visit of Arsenal.
Cooper’s men have also found the back of the net in each of their last five Premier League games and have lost just two top-flight matches at the City Ground in 2023 – going down to Manchester United and Newcastle – but they are without a clean sheet in 15 top-flight contests since shutting out Leeds in February, and Arsenal have plenty of attacking mistakes to rectify.
Forest’s home form is legitimately decent, and the significance of the contest for the home side renders this a tough fixture for the Gunners, who will be without several key players once more.
Before the first ball was kicked this season, few could have envisaged Nottingham Forest coming away from Stamford Bridge with a point to their name, let alone one that could have very well been three following a frenetic 11-minute period in the second half.I think there will be goals in this one at both ends of the pitch with the spoils eventually being shared.