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ARSENAL thrashed Nottingham Forest 5-0 to go back to the TOP of the Premier League table.

Though the win came at a cost with Bukayo Saka forced off after 27 minutes.

Saka is now sweating on his England World Cup place after suffering an ankle injury just two weeks before Gareth Southgate’s squad fly to Qatar.

Reiss Nelson netted two goals from the bench, coming on to replace Saka before putting in an impressive performance from the right.

This has led to huge praise from Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, who believes the winger has matured.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Youri favourites: Arsenal lead race

    Arsenal are said to be leading the race to land Leicester ace Youri Tielemans.

    The Belgian will leave the King Power on a free transfer at the end of the season following four years with the Foxes.

    A host of clubs are interested in the midfielder, but The Express report that it is the Premier League leaders in the box seat.

    The Gunners were heavily linked with Tielemans during the summer, but Leicester's asking price was considered too high for a player with just 12 months remaining on his contract.

    While Manchester United remain interested in the 25-year-old too, Arsenal's hopes have said to have been boosted by Juventus pulling out of the race.

  • Sam Dymond

    Good morning, Arsenal fans

    Two-goal hero Reiss Nelson has likened his performance against Nottingham Forest to playing a game on FIFA.

    “Yeah it was amazing – like I was playing FIFA a bit you know,” he told Arsenal.com.

    “Yeah the first one, Gabi saw me in the box and I knew I could get there, so I had to get there. I was going to take it first-time, and I kind of rolled it onto my left and hit it, and then I think the keeper saved – and I was gutted. Then it came back out and my eyes lit-up and I just hit it… and it went bang into the top corner. So I was really delighted.

    “Then the second one, I was just busting my gut to get into the box, and I think I got there and of course I just placed it into the corner. But like I said, I’m just really happy, and just overwhelmed by the occasion.

    He added: “I think it gives me all the confidence in the world you know. And yeah like I said I’m just going to keep training every day, like I can. Hard as I can, if I get another opportunity just to keep going, helping the team really – and just keep pushing on.”

    Mikel Arteta has provided an update on Bukayo Saka’s injury.
    The Gunners star hobbled off in the first half, after a blow to his ankle.

    However, his Spanish boss doesn’t believe he will miss the World Cup and it is too serious.

    He said: “Hopefully not (miss the World Cup). It was a bad kick that he suffered right at the start of the game, he was limping for a bit.

    “But I don’t see it as anything further than that.” When quizzed on the nature of the injury and whether it affected Saka’s ankle, leg or foot, the Spaniard continued: “I would say everything. He got kicked a few times.”

    Arsenal are buoyed by the news that Mohamed Elneny has returned to training.

    The Egyptian midfielder was expected to be out for some time through injury.

    But now he is ready to fight for his place in the first team.

    He shared an image on Instagram at training – captioning the snap: “Surprise, I’m back. #Ready to Fight.”

  • Jon Boon

    Record breakers

    Arsenal's Women are breaking records.

    By beating West Ham 3-1 on Sunday, they won their 13th game in a row in the WSL.

    That is a WSL first – no team has previously won 13 games on the bounce.

  • Jon Boon

    Good day all round

    While Arsenal's men earned all the plaudits for their five-goal salvo against Nottingham Forest, don't forget the Women's team.

    Arsenal Women saw off West Ham 3-1 on Sunday evening – with goals from Jordan Nobbs, Stina Blackstenius, and Frida Maanum.

    They have won five games on the bounce and sit in second spot in the WSL behind Man Utd on goal difference.

    Arsenal entertain the Red Devils on November 19.

  • Jon Boon

    Elneny boost

    Arsenal are buoyed by the news that Mohamed Elneny has returned to training.

    The Egyptian midfielder was expected to be out for some time through injury.

    But now he is ready to fight for his place in the first team.

    He shared an image on Instagram at training – captioning the snap: “Surprise, I’m back. #Ready to Fight.”

  • Jon Boon

    Nelson likens performance to FIFA

    Two-goal hero Reiss Nelson has likened his performance against Nottingham Forest to playing a game on FIFA.

    “Yeah it was amazing – like I was playing FIFA a bit you know,” he told Arsenal.com. 

    “Yeah the first one, I think the first one – Gabi saw me in the box and I knew I could get there, so I had to get there. I was going to take it first-time, and I kind of rolled it onto my left and hit it, and then I think the keeper saved – and I was gutted. Then it came back out and my eyes lit-up and I just hit it…and it when bang into the top corner. So I was really delighted.

    “Then the second one, I was just busting my gut to get into the box, and I think I got there and of course I just placed it into the corner. But like I said, I’m just really happy, and just overwhelmed by the occasion.

    He added: “I think it gives me all the confidence in the world you know. And yeah like I said I’m just going to keep training every day, like I can. Hard as I can, if I get another opportunity just to keep going, helping the team really – and just keep pushing on.”

  • Jon Boon

    Mari tribute

    Arsenal's stars paid tribute to team-mate Pablo Mari, who was stabbed last week at a shopping centre in Italy.

    The centre back is currently on loan at Monza, but his team-mates haven't forgotten about him.

    After defeating Nottingham Forest, they held up his shirt number to the fans.

  • Jon Boon

    Arteta lauds 'mature' Nelson

    Reiss Nelson was the toast of the Emirates with two goals against Nottingham Forest.

    And manager Mikel Arteta has revealed his delight he has in the young winger, as well as his team-mates' support.

    "I think not only me but all his team-mates, all the staff are so happy for him because he is a kid that is really changing, really evolving, really maturing,’ Arteta said.

    "He’s showing every day how much he wants it and today he had the opportunity, and he did extremely well because it helped us win the game."

    Arteta continued to elaborate: "How mature he is, how focused he is in his profession.

    "The way he talks, the way he reflects, the way he respects decisions, the way he is challenging everybody every single day.

    "He is a joy of a kid. We all want him to be successful and do well. What he has done today for the team is something he really merits."

  • Jon Boon

    Saka injury update

    Mikel Arteta has provided an update on Bukayo Saka's injury.

    The Gunners star hobbled off in the first half, after a blow to his ankle.

    However, his Spanish boss doesn't believe he will miss the World Cup and it is too serious.

    He said: "Hopefully not (miss the World Cup). It was a bad kick that he suffered right at the start of the game, he was limping for a bit. 

    "But I don't see it as anything further than that." When quizzed on the nature of the injury and whether it affected Saka's ankle, leg or foot, the Spaniard continued: "I would say everything. He got kicked a few times."

  • Kiro Evans

    Same Old Saka

    Even in injury, you still can't hold back Bukayo Saka.

    The 21-year-old went off with a knock in the first-half of Arsenal's 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest after clashing with Renan Lodi.

    But before that he assisted Gabriel Martinelli's opener to make even more history.

  • Kiro Evans

    REISS OF CAKE

    Super-sub Reiss Nelson will be hoping he has just given his Arsenal career the kick-up the backside it needed after his brace against Nottingham Forest.

    He came on for Bukayo Saka due to injury in the first-half and made his presence felt after spending most of the season so far playing a bit part role.

    As you can imagine, he impressed observers and fans with his impact.

    Find out he and his teammates scored out of 10 with Sunsport ratings here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Full-Time: Arsenal 5-0 Nottingham Forest

    Ruthless, devastating, formidable. Just some of the words describe Arsenal's second-half performance as they blew Forest apart.

    The draw against Southampton and loss to PSV had convinced some that the Gunners were beginning to wobble, but this was a performance of a team very much still in the groove.

    They will come up against far tougher opponent's than Steve Cooper's Forest this season, but it takes nothing away from their biggest Premier League win of the season so far.

    Full reaction to this win can be seen on live commentary blog.

  • Kiro Evans

    Arsenal chop up Forest

    With around 20 minutes to go, Arsenal have ran into a 4-0 lead over Nottingham Forest at the Emirates.

    Gabriel Martinelli scored early but it's the Gunners' second-half goal blitz which has put Steve Cooper's side to bed.

    Reiss Nelson – who came on for the injury-hit Bukayo Saka – scored twice in three minutes, while Thomas Partey netted the fourth.

    How many goals are left in this for Arsenal or will Mikel Arteta tell his troops to ease off?

    Follow the final stages with full text commentary here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Half-Time: Arsenal 1-0 Nottingham Forest

    Gabriel Martinelli's early strike has given Arsenal the lead but there will be concern over Bukayo Saka, who was subbed off due to injury.

    All the half-time reaction and second-half updates can be seen here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Sweating on Saka

    Bukayo Saka has been subbed off in the first-half against Nottingham Forest with a foot issue.

    He is replaced by Reiss Nelson as we approach the 30 minute mark.

    From both an Arsenal and England perspective, many fans will be praying his injury is not too bad.

  • Kiro Evans

    Here We Go

    Arsenal v Nottingham Forest is well underway at the Emirates as the Gunners look to go back to the top of the table.

    And the home side have gotten off to the perfect start with an early goal courtesy of Gabriel Martinelli.

    With the game not on TV, follow our live blow-by-blow commentary right here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Wonderful Gesture

    The Arsenal squad have paid a wonderful tribute to their on-loan teammate Pablo Mari, who was one of several people stabbed in Milan earlier this week.

    The star is currently recovering and before kick-off against Nottingham Forest, the squad held up his shirt in support.

  • Kiro Evans

    Starting XI

    Mikel Arteta has been able to call on his preferred starting XI for today's game against Forest.

    Gabriel is able to start after a late fitness test and Takehiro Tomiyasu continues to soldier on in place of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who remains out.

    Otherwise, it's a very familiar-looking Arsenal team.

  • Kiro Evans

    Kick Off Approaching

    We're just under an hour and 15 minutes away from kick off at the Emirates as Arsenal prepare to face off against Nottingham Forest.

    Team news should be with us at 2pm.

    And when the match begins, you can keep up with every kick of the ball with our live text commentary.

  • Kiro Evans

    Rivalries Renewed

    Arsenal are set to play Nottingham Forest in the Premier League for the first time in the 21st century as the two clubs cross swords this afternoon.

    Since that last league meeting in 1999, they've only played each other four times in the two cup competitions while Forest toiled their way around the EFL.

    It was only in January when Forest got one over Arsenal with their 1-0 FA Cup win.

    They also beat Arsenal 4-2 in the same competition two years earlier.

    In the League Cup, the Gunners won 0-4 in 2016 and 5-0 in 2019.

    Forest haven't won at the Emirates in the league since 1989.

  • Kiro Evans

    The Goal for the Gunners

    Mikel Arteta wants to see more goals for his forward players and is backing them to break their duck against Nottingham Forest today.

    Neither Gabriel Jesus nor his deputy Eddie Nketiah have scored in their last six games for Arsenal.

    And with the Gunners' not looking as convincing overall as they have in recent weeks, Arteta is hoping for more from his front men.

    He said: "We need goals and we need goals from our front players, that’s for sure, to win the games and to give us bigger margins.

    "That run of a lack of goals has to end for us to be in a position to win more matches."

  • Kiro Evans

    Jesus Walks

    Real Madrid are set to launch a bid for Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus next summer, according to reports.

    The Brazilian was linked with the Spanish giants in the summer, only for them to pull out of the running.

    Madrid reportedly decided against the move because of an "issue with Jesus' passport".

    Despite this, he remains a player that boss Carlo Ancelotti admires.

    According to Goal, Jesus is on a five-man shortlist compiled by the Italian.

    They claim that Ancelotti sees him as a perfect understudy, and potential successor, to Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema.

  • Kiro Evans

    Gunner Return Soon

    Mohamed Elneny and Marquinhos have given Arsenal a much needed fitness boost.

    Elneny is back in training after injury in September blighted his impressive start to the season.

    While Marquinhos could be back in the squad after missing Thursday's Europa League defeat to PSV.

    Meanwhile, ahead of today's clash with Nottingham Forest, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Magalhaes face fitness tests as the Gunners bid to return top of the Premier League with victory.

  • Kiro Evans

    The Stakes

    There's only three Premier League games left for Arsenal before club football takes a break for the World Cup.

    If the Gunners do harbour ambitions of putting together a serious title run, then it will be crucial they are still top come Boxing Day when their stars return from Qatar.

    Standing in their way are Nottingham Forest today, Chelsea next Sunday and finally a trip to Wolves.

    Given the Blues' loss yesterday, the game at Stamford Bridge has only grown in importance.

    Win today and next week and Arsenal can put a 13 point gap between themselves and the team currently in 5th.

    But the Gunners would be unwise to think today's home game is a shoe-in, with Forest handing Liverpool defeat a week ago.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Good morning Arsenal fans

    Arsenal take on Nottingham Forest at the Emirates with Oleksandr Zinchenko facing a late fitness test as he continues to suffer from a calf injury.

    Gabriel Magalhaes also limped off on Thursday’s defeat at PSV Eindhoven and is a doubt while Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Matt Turner (groin) and Mohamed Elneny (hamstring) are all sidelined.

    Forest, on the other hand, could have Lewis O’Brien back as he recovered from an illness but Moussa Niakhate (hamstring) and Omar Richards (leg) are still out.

    Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk have dealt Arsenal a transfer blow by declaring Mykhaylo Mudryk is valued at over £85million.

    That means Mudryk will cost more than what Manchester United splashed for Antony, who moved to Old Trafford from Ajax for £85m.

    Shakhtar deputy sporting director Carlo Nicolini told Calciomercato: “Together with Kylian Mbappe, Rafa Leao and Vinicius Jr, Mudryk is the strongest player in his role.

    “Is £35m enough to buy him? We don’t speak for these figures, not even for £45m, we don’t even call the president to make the offer.

    “We value Mudryk more than United’s Antony – £85m. Floating between Arsenal and Man City? They are two teams that have taken an interest in the player.

    “But there are also other clubs than can spend right away. We are not obliged to sell, we do not want to lose phenomena. We don’t want to shoot figures that aren’t realistic.

    “But in this team, he is the most decisive. If you want to take on certain players who make a difference in the top clubs, you also need the right money.”

    And Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers admits he is braced for a January raid on Youri Tielemans.

    Arsenal have been linked with Tielemans, 25, since it became clear he had refused to sign a bumper new contract.

    Only foreign clubs can enter negotiations or land the midfielder for free on a pre-contract in January once he enters the final six months of his contract, due to FA rules.

    However, any move from Europe might trigger a reaction from the Gunners who could try and sign the Belgium international for a knockdown fee in January.

    Finally, Arsenal loanee Pablo Mari is set to return to football in two months after being stabbed in a knife attack.

    Mari, 29, begins his recovery after Thursday's horrific knife attack in Italy.

    The centre-back was stabbed in the back while out shopping with his wife and child – one person was tragically killed during the attack while five others were injured.

    The Spaniard will be sidelined for two months as he rests after the traumatic event

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