Arsenal ‘really short on numbers’ for Nottingham Forest trip but want to play FA Cup tie, insists Mikel Arteta

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    Mikel Arteta
    Spanish association football player and manager
Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal want to play against Nottingham Forest despite a shortage of players  (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal want to play against Nottingham Forest despite a shortage of players (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal are “really short in numbers” ahead of their FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest on Sunday, but insists they still want to play the tie.

The Gunners boss did not name any of the players at risk of missing out, but suggested the club are waiting to hear back on Covid-19 tests.

Premier League clubs have been hit hard by coronavirus outbreaks recently, with Liverpool being forced to postpone the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal on Thursday.

And speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Forest in the FA Cup third round, Arteta said: “We will asses the squad.

“We still have some issues around it, like is happening every single match. Tomorrow when we have the last training session, when we have every test back, we will know who is available and we will try to go there to win the match.

“It was for Covid and injuries as well. I cannot say anything else. I don’t want to give anything away, as you can imagine. Tomorrow we will know more. We are really short with numbers. We are really, really short in numbers.

“We want to play and that’s how we are approaching every game. We want to do everything to plan the game and we don’t expect different than to play on Sunday.”

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