Arsenal will start their 2019-20 Carabao Cup campaign when they face Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night. Fans will be waiting to see the club's rising young stars, who impressed everyone while playing against Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League. While Arsenal had a good summer transfer window this year, their priority will be to develop the younger players. Though Arsenal’s manager Unai Emery turned to some more senior options in the recent encounter against Aston Villa in the Premier League, some of the younger players are likely to make their return in the upcoming match. Last week, the standout performers for the Gunners were Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka, as they both scored goals against Frankfurt.
It will be a big challenge for Nottingham Forest, who are sixth in the second tier after eight games. Nottingham Forest have had a good run in the competition so far. They defeated Fleetwood Town 1-0 in the first round and later went on to beat their arch-rivals Derby County 3-0 in the following round. With four titles to their name, Nottingham Forest have won the Carabao Cup more times than the Gunners. However, their last win came in 1990.
Both the teams have faced each other a total of 99 times, with Arsenal winning 50 matches and Nottingham have won 27 times. Both the teams last faced each other in the FA Cup in 2018, where Nottingham Forest defeated Arsenal 4-2 at their hometown. Nottingham Forest is currently undergoing something of an injury crisis. Players like Yohan Benalouane, Michael Hefele, Tendayi Darikwa, Carl Jenkinson, Ryan Yates and Rafa Mir are all ruled out of the upcoming clash.