Gunners take back the initiative. Arsenal easily defeated Nottingham Forest (5-0) at the
Emirates Stadium on Sunday, regaining the lead over Manchester City in the rankings.
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Reiss Nelson, who scored two goals, his first in the Premier League, significantly aided in his
family’s triumph. On Sunday, Mikel Arteta’s team plays Chelsea.
The Gunners respond strongly and seize the initiative. Arsenal rebounded from a difficult
week by defeating Nottingham Forest, slapping the red lantern, on Sunday at the Emirates,
on the 14th day of the Premier League (5-0). Gabriel Martinelli promptly got things started
(5th), and then Reiss Nelson, Thomas Partey, and Martin Odegaard made it worse in the
second half against the defenseless visitors (49th and 52nd). Thus, Mikel Arteta’s team takes
the top spot once again, two lengths clear of Manchester City.
The Gunners hurried to attack the visitors’ surface in an effort to bounce back from a league stalemate against Southampton (1-1) and a Europa League loss at PSV (2-0). They found the problem in only five minutes. For a left-footed cross and a diving header at the Brazilian’s penalty spot, Martinelli came in from the left and reversed the tide of the match on Saka to the right of the zone of truth (1-0, 5th). Martinelli scored his fifth league goal of the year, and his English teammate recorded his fifth, and 20th overall, assist.
Gabriel Jesus was as as energetic as this pair, but his left-handed curling attempt barely just grazed the mark (7th). Granit Xhaka, the Gunners’ eager captain, was continually able to bring danger into Dean Henderson’s box despite Forest providing practically no structure. A rebound from Martinelli beat the goalkeeper on loan from Manchester United, but the tenacious Renan Lodi pulled the ball back in front of his line (20th).
Arsenal wins Nottingham and regain the lead
However, the left back also hurt Saka (16th), who ultimately had to make way for Nelson (28th). The incoming could not locate his targets right away, and his partners relaxed in the face of their simple dominance. As a result, they only managed to reach the break with a small goal advantage.
Nottingham Forest might therefore anticipate participating in the game whenever it resumes after shocking Liverpool the weekend prior (1-0). However, Arsenal did not allow themselves to fall into a trap. Nelson increased the lead in two stages as the Gunners picked up their pace once more (2-0, 49th). The English winger, 22, who was on loan at Feyenoord last year, had not scored in the Premier League in more than two years. Three minutes later, with Gabriel Jesus’ assistance, he scored once more (3-0, 52nd).
Nothing was improved by Steve Cooper’s adjustments, and Thomas Partey added a strong axial recovery from 20 meters to the top corner (4-0, 57th). Gabriel Jesus either bowed to Henderson or was unsuccessful when attempting to shake the nets in his own right (59th, 68th and 85th). Thus, Odegaard was given the final word when he penalized a spectator defense and cleaned Henderson’s other skylight (5-0, 78th). It had been two months since the Norwegian had scored. He has found his form again, and Arsenal is becoming more competitive before playing Chelsea in a week.