A scenic City Ground prepares for the visit of Arsenal

For the first time since the 2003/04 season, all three Nottinghamshire sides are into the 3rd round of the FA Cup and all hopeful of the dream appearance at Wembley in May.

Nottingham Forest have tantalisingly been poised up to play against the 13 times winners of the FA cup and ex-Premier League champions, Arsenal.

The championship side have come up to host the Gunners at the City Ground for the second time in a year.

Arsenal ran riot against a helpless Forest in last season’s fourth round of the EFL cup, winning 4-0.

Samantha Priestly, 25, of Aspley, a Forest season ticket holder said: “It should be another huge tie, a sell-out ground and hopefully we can surprise them this year.”

Mansfield Town CEO Carolyn Radford looks ahead to the 3rd round draw

After escaping an embarrassing upset to non-league Oxford City, Notts County were once again thanking their star performer this season, loanee Jorge Grant.

Their 95th last gasp winner wasn’t the only result for manager Kevin Nolan to be in high spirits about. Pundits were labelling his side as “the team to avoid” in the 3rd round after a promising start to the season.

Brentford was the ball out of the pot for County and albeit it isn’t the fancy away tie at Old Trafford or The Emirates, it is leaving owner Alan Hardy hopeful of causing an upset.

Mark Booth, 49, of Mansfield, is a Notts County fan and endured in the winner’s campaign of 2009/10 season with the likes of Kasper Schmeichel.

He said: This is the best we have been playing since the winner’s season. Grant is a top class player and will cause Brentford problems all day long. Bring on the Bees.”

The Magpies are flying in this campaign and with Nolan’s side being joint top of the table at the start of December, brighter days could be on the horizon for one side of the Trent this year.

Mansfield Town also have a draw that fans will not have happy memories of. They are away to Cardiff.

The Stags will still be haunted from their penalty shoot-out defeat to Huddersfield in the play-off final back in 2004 at the Millennium Stadium.

Manager Steve Evans will be hoping his side have a different outcome than when the Yellows face the high flying Bluebirds in the 3rd round.

Andy Rhodes, 55, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, and lifelong Stags fan said: “I was in Cardiff with my son in 2004, as a Stags fan it was the worst day of my life. This time will be different, we are behind the project, Radford and Evans have in place and everybody is positive.”