Arsenal, who led the Premier League standings for a long time this season, fell short in the final stage, and was overtaken by the Blue Moon Corps and lost the initiative to win the championship. In the last round, they lost to Brighton with three goals at home, which made the gunners only have the theoretical possibility of winning the championship. Arsenal, who had lost everything, went to the away game to challenge Nottingham Forest in the 37th round of the Premier League. In the first round of the confrontation between the two sides, Arsenal washed their opponents 5-0 at home and now returned to home. Nottingham Forest, which was still under relegation pressure, certainly hoped to be able to avenge itself, so as to grasp the initiative of relegation. After the game started, Arsenal firmly controlled the ball at their feet, but Nottingham Forest scored the only goal in the whole game by Avonii with a counterattack, and finally got revenge on Arsenal 1-0 at home!
Although Arteta knew that Arsenal’s chances of winning the championship were slim, he still sent his most commonly used 4-3-3 formation in this game, but he made some adjustments to the starting players. The goalkeeper still let Ramsdale start, with Thomas, Benwhite, Gabriel and Kiviol as the defenders, Odegard, jorginho and Zaka as the three midfielders, and the offensive trident was Jesus, Saka and Trossat.
After the start of the game, Arsenal kept the ball firmly under their feet, and conducted offensive and defensive drills in Nottingham Forest for a long time. The home team also accepted the reality and set up an iron bucket array, waiting for the opportunity to counterattack, giving the gunners a fatal blow.
In the 11th and 17th minutes, Jesus couldn’t knock Nottingham’s goal with his head kick in the penalty area, shouldering Arsenal’s home team, and finished the only shot in the first half in the 20th minute. Odegard made a return error in the midfield and was directly countered by Nottingham Forest. Avoniyi entered the penalty area after receiving a direct plug from his teammate. Facing attacking Ramsdale, he broke the deadlock on the field with a light volley.
Nottingham Forest, after the lead, reclaimed the space for the gunners to attack. This targeted defensive strategy also achieved obvious results. Before the end of the half-time, Arsenal, which was dominant in the scene, never created a threatening attack opportunity.
After the start of the second half, Nottingham Forest took the lead, and the free kick in the frontcourt went directly to the restricted area. After receiving a cross from a teammate, Felipe outflanked and shot in front of the door. Fortunately, Ramsdale focused enough and saved the opponent’s shot at close range, which did not make Arsenal’s situation more difficult.
In the 54th minute, Arsenal instigated the attack, and Jesus went forward into the penalty area without the ball, and was directly pulled down by the defender. The referee not only failed to give Arsenal a penalty, but also gave a yellow card to the complaining Jesus. Seven minutes later, Saka made a right shot into the penalty area, but was saved by navas.