Arsenal had a dream start to the season, but must now deal with adversity. Failing to beat Southampton was the sort of result that happens in a long season.
It being followed by a loss to PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League raises further questions, and puts some pressure on this weekend’s duel with Nottingham Forest.
While still at the foot of the table, Forest have shown signs of life recently. Steve Cooper’s team defied the odds to beat Liverpool last weekend, making it just one defeat in four league matches.
Match Result And Total Goals: Arsenal And Under 3.5
Nottingham Forest have seen four total goals over their last four league matches. In all competitions, it is a total of seven goals in six matches for Arsenal.
There has been under 3.5 in four of Arsenal’s last six matches at the Emirates across domestic action and the Europa League.
The Gunners should have the quality to win this match, but Forest will make them work hard for it and have shown they can frustrate more talented opponents. This has the makings of a 2-0 or 2-1 win.
Anytime Goalscorer: Bukayo Saka
Only seven players have amassed more expected goals than Bukayo Saka this season. The England international has been Arsenal’s premier goal threat of late, with four goals in his last six matches.
Gabriel Jesus is a shorter price than Saka, and while he should get the better chances, the Brazilian’s finishing has been poor, with no goals since 1st October. Saka is the superior value here.
Total Corners: Over 10.5
Only four teams get more corners in their favour than Arsenal. Everton are the only side to concede more than Forest.
With the hosts expected to dominate and pin Forest in their third for long periods, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Arsenal hit this over on their own.
All odds are subject to change