Nottingham Forest expected 4-3-3 v Arsenal: Bendtner starts, key player returns
By Harvey Byrne
Manager Philippe Montanier is likely to make four changes to his side as they welcome Arsenal at the City Ground in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Apostolos Vellios is expected to drop out of the side’s attack following the 2-1 defeat suffered against Norwich at the weekend, despite scoring Forest’s goal.
It’s looking likely that Nicklas Bendtner will move into the line-up making his first start for the club, while fellow former Arsenal youth team player Henri Lansbury is expected to also come back into the line-up, replacing Chris Cohen.
Danny Fox could also fall out of the team’s defence for another player who came through the Arsenal youth ranks with left-back Armand Traore taking his place in the side.
Meanwhile, new goalkeeper signing Stephen Henderson is expected to feature in the cup competitions, displacing Vladimir Stojkovic in goal.
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Mustapha Carayol and Nicolao Dumitru will be likely to support Bendtner with the two wingers available to provide crosses for the big attacker.
Lansbury will be expected to reenter a midfield consisting of himself, Pajtim Kasami and Hildeberto Pereira, where the trio will support the attack, while also helping to shield the defence against a Premier League side.
Traore is likely to be the only change in the back four with Eric Lichaj, Michael Mancienne and Matthew Mills all retaining their place in the side, while Henderson will be expected to come in behind them with his match time coming from cup football in the new campaign.
Forest last faced Arsenal in 1999 when in the Premier League, suffering a 1-0 defeat after Martin Keown scored for the Gunners.
The north London side have started the new campaign in impressive form and Arsene Wenger takes his side to the Midlands having not lost since the 4-3 defeat suffered against Liverpool on the opening day.
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