Arsenal travel to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Third Round.
The Gunners go into the game expecting to rotate their side heavily due to a high number of absentees in the camp after Mikel Arteta admitted his side were “very, very short on numbers.”
Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have all gone off to Cameroon to take part in the African Cup of Nations while Ainsley Maitland-Niles added to the shortage after completing his loan move to Roma on Saturday.
football.london was able to reveal that this means that youngsters Charlie Patino, Salah Oulad M’Hand, Omari Hutchinson and Mika Biereth are all expected to be involved in the squad for today’s match as a result.
Regardless of the weakened team though Arteta will be keen to progress to the next round of what is realistically one of just two trophies Arsenal have a chance of winning this year without European football.
You can follow all the action from the City Ground with football.london‘s Gunners writers Kaya Kaynak and Chris Wheatley in our live blog below.
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