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Arsenal could call on Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney when they face Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Arsenal could call on Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney when they face Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Defender Holding is in contention for his first appearance since December. The 24-year-old has been missing since suffering a severe knee injury against Manchester United last December but is back in the fold and could start the game.

Meanwhile, Bellerin and Tierney could also play a part, but boss Unai Emery will take no risks.

“It’s not normal [to play twice] in two days. We need fresh players and different players,” Emery said.

“I think it’s not going to repeat one player playing today and above all with one less player in 60 minutes. Holding, I think, will play on Tuesday.

“With Hector and Tierney we will want to use them. I don’t know if it’s starting in the first XI. If they’re feeling well.”

Elsewhere, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended after his sending-off in Sunday’s win over Aston Villa, with Emery likely to rotate his side.

Alexandre Lacazette remains out with an ankle problem but Konstantinos Mavropanos could play some part after returning to training following a groin problem.

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Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi is also expected to make wholesale changes for the Reds’ first ever visit to the Emirates Stadium.

The Frenchman swapped nine players against Derby in the previous round and it is likely to be a similar story, especially with Forest having a league game at Stoke on Friday night.

Aro Muric could return in goal while the likes of Tobias Figueiredo, Alfa Semedo, John Bostock, Brennan Johnson, Albert Adomah and Sammy Ameobi are in line for recalls.

Lamouchi hopes to have on-loan Wolves striker Rafa Mir back from a leg injury this week but he is more likely to be involved at Stoke – while former Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, who moved to the City Ground in the summer, will not make a swift return to north London due to an ankle injury.

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