12-08-23 Daily Football Predictions: Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest

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The latest attempt by Arsenal to win the Premier League will begin on Saturday afternoon at home against Nottingham Forest, fresh off hoisting another trophy in the Wembley sunshine.

With their Community Shield victory over Manchester City last weekend, the Gunners broke their curse, and they’re now seeking some form of retribution from the team that put an end to their title hopes the year before.

Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest

In the Premier League standings, Nottingham Forest placed 16th overall and had a strong second half of the season. In order for the away team to have a chance in this game after their 0-0 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, they will need to step up their game.

On the other hand, Arsenal finished in second position in the league table last season and has made significant progress in the last 12 months. The Gunners will enter this encounter with confidence after winning the FA Community Shield in their last game.

The Gunners’ encounters with Forest served as a parable for their ultimately unsuccessful season-long charge, as they thrashed Steve Cooper’s team 5-0 in the capital before suffering a humiliating one-goal loss away from home in May. However, Mikel Arteta is keen to take something positive away from Arsenal’s close call and has already won a trophy for 2023–2024 in the form of the Community Shield

Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber, and David Raya have all signed up for the quest of prizes this summer, making it a big one in north London.

With the addition of Anthony Elanga, Chris Wood, and ex-Arsenal keeper Matt Turner, Forest, which faced relegation last season, also hopes to advance.

Verdict

The City Ground team enters Gameweek 1 of the Premier League after a rather disappointing preseason in which they failed to win any of their previous four matches, going down by three goals. What’s more concerning is the fact that they have only scored three goals in seven friendlies this summer.

It should not be disregarded that Nottingham concluded the previous campaign with the worst away record, earning an absurd eight (8) out of a possible 57 points, winning just once and losing 13 times from 19 games, with six draws. One of those failures occurred at the Emirates Stadium, when the Gunners humiliated them 5-0, which is another reason why we anticipate a sizable victory for Arteta’s team on the first day of the season.

Even though the visitors had the worst road record in the league the previous season, they did at least score in six of their final seven outings, scoring six goals in their final four.

Forest may be able to score a goal or two considering that the Gunners only kept one clean sheet during their preseason campaign and gave up goals in seven of their final eight home games last season.

Tip: Over 2.5 Goals / Arsenal to Win

Over 2.5 Goals -✅

Arsenal to win – ✅

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