Danny Welbeck Starts - Arsenal Team vs Nottingham Forest Confirmed

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Wenger has been handed a three-match touchline ban and a £40,000 fine following a misconduct charge from the Football Association over comments he made about the refereeing of the game against West Brom.

Arsenal will begin its FA Cup title defense on Sunday against Nottingham Forest.

For the home team, caretaker boss Gary Brazil is hopeful of seeing his side improve on the recent hard fought 0-0 draw with high flying Leeds United in the Championship.

Wenger has never lost at this stage in the competition but after a busy festive schedule, admits he will make changes to the holders' starting XI. "So we have four days between Chelsea and Forest so that is [not] quite ideal and after it will be shorter between Sunday and Wednesday but after we have four days again so I can rotate in a little bit in a soft way".

The Reds are probably not going to be too concerned about the FA Cup, although the fans will want the players to at least give it a go against Arsenal given that the match is at the City Ground. Granit Xhaka is also absent due to a groin strain.

Arsenal have a raft of injuries for the contest with striker Olivier Giroud and Wales ace Aaron Ramsey both sidelined with hamstring concerns.

Forest will check on the fitness of Daryl Murphy.

Wenger will serve his latest ban at Arsenal's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, the first leg of the League Cup semifinal against Chelsea on January 10 and the league game against Bournemouth on January 14.

Nottingham Forest recently sacked Mark Warburton in controversial fashion after owner Evangelos Marinakis deemed him to have under performed in his role as manager.

He said, "The more often we get into good areas, the quicker that will improve".

Arsenal have beaten Chelsea, Aston Villa and Hull City in their last three FA Cup final triumphs. That means Calum Chambers or Mathieu Debuchy could be drafted into defence.

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