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Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal LIVE: Premier League result and final score after Saka and Jesus goals

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal: Gunners close gap to Premier League leaders Liverpool after surviving a late comeback from the hosts when Taiwo Awoniyi pulled one back

Jamie Braidwood
Tuesday 30 January 2024 22:10 GMT
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Arsenal overcame a sluggish first-half performance to cut the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to two points after a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest. The Gunners looked toothless in the first half, but rallied to register three big points thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka. The result leaves them on the coattails of Liverpool, who can extend their lead back to five points against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Forest had no intention of going for the win in a pragmatic approach deployed by Nuno Espirito Santo, but they made a game of it late on as Taiwo Awoniyi slammed home in the 89th minute. Arsenal saw it out to end a three-game losing streak at the City Ground and exorcise the ghosts of last season’s defeat, which saw their title challenge come to an end.

Forest’s situation at the foot of the Premier League is looking precarious, as they sit two points above the relegation zone with the threat of a points deduction for breaking financial rules hanging over them. Follow live reaction from Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal in tonight’s live blog, below.


Arsenal answer Mikel Arteta’s Barcelona question to revive Premier League title challenge

If Mikel Arteta’s thoughts this week have been consumed by former European champions, he may have left both Barcelona and Nottingham Forest disappointed. In very different ways, though. The Arsenal manager has rebuffed Catalan reports he will decamp to Barcelona. He instead defeated Forest. On the ground where Arsenal’s title challenge officially ended last season, a 1-0 loss handing Manchester City the crown, they went second in the table. Having pledged his loyalty to Arsenal, Arteta may yet get his reward at the end of the season, and not merely with a new contract.

After Arsenal stuttered and stumbled over Christmas and New Year, now they have back-to-back wins. After the Gunners’ goals dried up, their forwards have started scoring again. After a distinctly uneventful first half, Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka struck in the second to chop down Forest.

If class told, so did the sudden sense that Arsenal would not tolerate a stalemate; which, as they face Liverpool on Sunday, could have meant this year’s title tilt ground to a halt in the first week of February. Instead, they have renewed vigour, Arteta further reasons not to wonder if the grass is greener in Catalonia.

By Richard Jolly at the City Ground

Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal LIVE: Latest Premier League updates

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal: Gunners close gap to Premier League leaders Liverpool after surviving a late comeback from the hosts when Taiwo Awoniyi pulled one back

Jamie Braidwood30 January 2024 21:45

FULL TIME! Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal

Mikel Arteta, speaking to TNT Sports:

On how important tonight’s win is: “To get some momentum. We were good aginst Paalce and today we wanted to get that momentum. It was a strong performance. We had to be patient and suffered more than we deserved, but that is the Premier League.

“We need different tools and find the right moments. I’m really pleased because we conceded nothing. That doesn’t happen, last year that happened to us. I’m really pleased.

“We needed [Gabriel Jesus] at his best. I told him before the game, because he was struggling with his knee. But he was pushing and when someone has that attitude, something good is going to happen. He was magnificent today.”

(Action Images via Reuters)
Jamie Braidwood30 January 2024 21:54

FULL TIME! Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal

Awoniyi made it a nervy finish for Arteta and his players.

Jamie Braidwood30 January 2024 21:34

FULL TIME! Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal close the gap to Liverpool to two points ahead of hosting the Reds on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will play Chelsea at Anfield tomorrow night, so they can increase their lead back to five ahead of travelling to the Emirates.

But their title challenge is back on track.

(Action Images via Reuters)
Jamie Braidwood30 January 2024 21:32

FULL TIME! Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal hold on and claim a big win on the road!

That was more stressful than it needed to be for the Gunners late on, but they deserved their win for taking control. Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka made the difference with goals in the second half.

Jamie Braidwood30 January 2024 21:26

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal

90+6 mins: We’re still going.. can Forest get it in the box?! They do, but Elanga can’t make contact!

Jamie Braidwood30 January 2024 21:25

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal

90+4 mins: Arsenal have the ball at the right end of the pitch... and get a free-kick as Murillo comes through the back of Nketiah.

Seconds to go.

Arsenal have it in the corner...

Jamie Braidwood30 January 2024 21:23

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal

90+3 mins: Raya punches clear... Gibbs-White shoots! Blocked! Pinball in the penalty box, it breaks to Awoniyi, but he can’t get enough on the ball to beat Raya, who holds on!

What a finish, out of nowhere.

Jamie Braidwood30 January 2024 21:22

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal

90+2 mins: Now Forest have a corner! Arteta is going to throw on Kiwior and Jorginho to help see this out...

Jamie Braidwood30 January 2024 21:20

GOAL! Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal (AWONIYI 89’)

Oh, hello?! Taiwo Awoniyi has pulled one back for Forest late on! The striker shrugs off Saliba in the box to fire past Raya! We’ve five minutes of added time... can Forest get one more chance?

Jamie Braidwood30 January 2024 21:17

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