Nottingham Forest have drawn the current holders Arsenal in the FA cup for the first time in over 20 years, while Notts County will face Brentford at Griffin Park in the third round of the competition.

Forest, winners of the tournament in 1959, are eager to settle the score with Arsenal after their last meeting ended in a rout with Arsenal putting four past them at the City Ground in last season’s League Cup.

Mark Warburton’s men were eliminated in the third round last season by Wigan Athletic and fans will be hoping for a more successful campaign this season in the oldest club cup competition in the world.

However, Arsene Wenger’s men will be tough opposition for Championship side Forest, whose last victory against the gunners came in 1996, at the start of the Frenchman’s tenure.

This tie has been seen as one of the highlights of last night’s draw with other fixtures including, Liverpool vs Everton, Middlesbrough vs Sunderland and Tottenham vs AFC Wimbledon.

Across the river, fourth-tier Notts County will have to travel to West London to face second-tier Brentford, in a match where both sides will be eager to progress to the next round of the competition.

County have already seen off Bristol Rovers and Oxford City, beating the latter this weekend, to progress to this stage in the tournament, and will be hoping for a successful trip against Dean Smith’s men on the first week of January.

Smith’s side have lost their previous four games with Brentford and have failed to beat them in their last 12 meetings, with their last win against the Bees coming in 2004.

Both the Nottingham sides and their fans will be looking forward to an exciting weekend of football with both teams facing a side in a division above them, hoping for an upset.