NEWSROOM
TEAM LINE UP :
MANNINGER
DIXON
KEOWN
ADAMS
WINTERBURN
PARLOUR
GARDE
PETIT
OVERMARS
BERGKAMP
ANELKA
SUBSTITUTES:
VIVAS
UPSON
SCORERS:
KEOWN



Ron Atkinson takes his seat before kick-off.


Martin Keown stoops to head in our 34th minute goal...


..and is thanked by his team-mates...


..and manager!
FULL TIME REPORT

NOTT'M FOREST vs ARSENAL
0 - 1
Attendance : 26,021

A rare Martin Keown goal was enough to give us all three points at the City Ground and end any thoughts that Ron Atkinson may have a jinx on the Arsenal.

Big Ron took charge of Forest for the first time, but failed to inspire a win over the Gunners as he had when he started out at Sheffield Wednesday.

And it was a deserved win for Arsene Wenger's side as we also welcomed back Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams and Nigel Winterburn after their recent injury problems.

The goal came nine minutes before the break when Emmanuel Petit swung in a corner from the right and Keown rose at the far post to head in.

Forest had started well enough, but we stood our ground to gradually take control of the match and could have won by a few more goals in the end.

Bergkamp and Marc Overmars, who hit the side netting, both had chances to score before Keown's opener and only a good save by Dave Beasant, from an Nicolas Anelka shot, prevented us from increasing our lead.

The second half saw Forest nearly level just moments after the restart when Andy Johnson's long range effort bounced off the bar and Pierre van Hooijdonk's rebound effort was superbly snatched away by Alex Manninger on the line.

After that, the game fell away with Forest desperately trying to grab a point and Arsenal happy to settle for their lead.

But we had to thank Manninger again, on 67 minutes, for stopping a Des Little drive. The Austrian keeper then did well to palm away a long range effort from Chris Bart-Williams.

But we eased our way to victory and Overmars was replaced by Nelson Vivas in the 65th minute. Matthew Upson came on for Anelka with four minutes to go.

Wenger said afterwards: "We played well in the first half and should have killed the game off then. Forest put us under some pressure with their long balls in the second half, but we defended well and showed our experience.

"We could have created more openings in the first half, when we were on top, and that would have made it an easier win.

"It was pleasing to win and not experience the defeat of last season when Atkinson went to Wednesday and the other match I remember losing to Forest when it was Stuart Pearce's first game in charge here."

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