Ronaldo wins a free kick but West Ham pinch the ball back and break away. Benrahma gets beyond Maguire but opts to shoot instead of playing in Jarrod Bowen on the right, and his shot is charged down by Martínez. West Ham, in their white-and-peach away kit, quickly win a throw-in deep in Manchester United territory, but nothing comes of it.
A fine day at the office for Arsenal, although Bukayo Saka going off injured will be a concern for Mikel Arteta. His replacement, Reiss Nelson, scored twice with Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey and Martin Ødegaard also on target. Arsenal are back on top, Forest stay bottom.
A strange quirk in our automated stats feed – Fred’s full name is Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos, but it’s fair to say he’s never been known as Frederico Fred. Except for today, in this blog, from this moment forward.It’s a fifth for the league leaders, with Martin Ødegaard adding to Forest’s misery. This game is, somewhat curiously, not being shown live in the UK.
With Arsenal v Forest not on telly, Sky are giving this one the big pre-game build-up, with players and managers heading out to their pitchside podium for a pre-game chat. Here’s the West Ham captain, Declan Rice. So, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo both start for the hosts today.
Erik ten Hag tells Sky Sports that Maguire, who will be captain, “is ready to play” after injury with Victor Lindelöf unwell. As for Ronaldo, ten Hag says: “we played a very good game on Thursday, he did well, and that’s why we chose him.”
Antony is not in the match day squad, but it’s not punishment for showing off. “He’s injured, not too bad, I hope it will just be a couple of days,” his manager confirms. Asked about the recent coverage of Ronaldo and Antony, he says: “a lot of issues, never a dull moment! [But] we are making progress, going in the right direction, and there is a good spirit overall.
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