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Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal LIVE: FA Cup updates

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Arsenal are taking on Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round as Mikel Arteta returns to the touchline for the first time since his most recent bout of Covid-19. Arteta has this week been linked with a potential future move to Manchester City once Pep Guardiola departs the Etihad Stadium, but the Arsenal manager has been quick to insist his focus is on the task at hand.

Forest had been going well in the Championship under manager Steve Cooper and looked well placed for the play-offs, but recent back-to-back defeats have slowed their progress and they currently sit ninth in the table. The signing of Steve Cook from Bournemouth is a mid-season boost. “We feel this is an important signing as Steve is a fantastic player and brings a good level of experience, both in the Championship and the level above,” said Cooper. “He’s played in a team that has won a lot of games and I think that’s important. We want our group to be young and hungry along with players of experience that can drive the team forward and that’s what we’re building.”

Follow all the latest from the match between Forest and Arsenal below, after the conclusion of the FA Cup fourth-round draw.

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Second half: Nottingham Forest 0 – 0 Arsenal

Kick off: A reminder that there has to be a result today so if this game ends in a draw then we’ll be going to extra-time and maybe even penalties.

Arsenal restart the match with a pass back to Bernd Leno. He sends it long and picks out Saka but his first touch is poor and Scott Mckenna clears the Nottingham Forest lines.

Michael Jones9 January 2022 18:14

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Michael Jones9 January 2022 18:09

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Nottingham Forest 0 – 0 Arsenal

Nothing to separate the teams at half-time. Roy Keane on ITV punditry has called both teams ‘rubbish’, Ian Wright was a bit more sympathetic with his analysis that Arsenal have been ‘average’.

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Michael Jones9 January 2022 18:04

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FA Cup fourth round draw: Non-league Kidderminster to host West Ham, Chelsea face Plymouth

Non-league Kidderminster Harriers were handed a dream home tie against West Ham United of the Premier League in the fourth round draw of the FA Cup.

Kidderminster, the lowest ranked side remaining in the competition, defeated Reading in the third round on Saturday while West Ham beat Leeds.

Michael Jones9 January 2022 18:01

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Half-time: Nottingham Forest 0 – 0 Arsenal

45+1 mins: A rather sedate 45 minutes of football comes to an end. Arsenal haven’t been great but Nottingham Forest have had moments of joy on the counter-attack.

The game needs a goal to spark it into life. Goalless at the break.

Michael Jones9 January 2022 17:57

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Nottingham Forest 0 – 0 Arsenal

43 mins: Forest pass the ball back to Samba and he sends it over to the right wing. Nketiah chases the ball down and slips just before his reaches the goalkeeper sliding into Samba, knocking him down and drawing boos from the home supporters.

Michael Jones9 January 2022 17:54

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Nottingham Forest 0 – 0 Arsenal

41 mins: Arsenal aren’t playing at the peak of the powers. Not by a long way, there seems to be a slackness to their play resulting in wayward passes and not many players getting into the box. Most of their crosses from the wide areas have gone sailing over the heads of everyone in the box. Mikel Arteta can’t be pleased with what he’s seeing.

Michael Jones9 January 2022 17:53

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Nottingham Forest 0 – 0 Arsenal

38 mins: Martinelli has made a few good runs into space on the left side and this time he’s played in behind. He collects the ball and passes into the box for Tierney who is quickly crowded out. The left-back manages to offload to ball to Holding but his shot is charged down on the edge of the box.

Michael Jones9 January 2022 17:49

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Nottingham Forest 0 – 0 Arsenal

35 mins: Mikel Arteta isn’t happy at all with the performance from Nuno Taveres. He’s taken the left-back off and replaced him with Kieran Tierney. If Arteta isn’t pleased then Tavares is positively fuming as he trudges off the pitch.

Zinckernagel leaves a bitt too much on Saka with a poor tackle and picks up the first yellow card of the game.

Michael Jones9 January 2022 17:46

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Nottingham Forest 0 – 0 Arsenal

32 mins: Oh that’s beautiful take from Brice Samba as Arsenal swing another corner deep into the box. Nottingham Forest’s goalkeeper comes off his line and brings the ball under control with an outstretched right-hand before sending his team flying forward on the break.

Michael Jones9 January 2022 17:44

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