Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier has praised his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger after the Championship outfit drew the Gunners in the third round of the EFL Cup and is keen to replicate his success in England.

The Reds beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1 in the previous round of the domestic cup competition to set up a date with Arsenal, who will begin their EFL Cup adventure at the City Ground on 20th September.

Wenger is yet to guide Arsenal to a win in the present campaign, with the Premier League giants losing 4-3 to Liverpool in the season opener before playing out a goalless draw with Leicester City last weekend.

However, Montanier insisted that the Arsenal game will be a big challenge for his side, with the Frenchman going on to laud the success of his compatriot Wenger, explaining French coaches who work in England want to be like the veteran.

"The Arsenal game will be a tough challenge for us but it is exactly why we wanted to take the first few rounds seriously”, he told the club’s official site.


“We worked very hard against Doncaster and Millwall and I think we deserved this tie against one of the biggest clubs in England.

"Arsene Wenger has a fantastic reputation in England and in France and a lot of coaches want to replicate his success as a manager.

“It will be a good challenge for myself and for the team but we have a lot of important games to concentrate on before then."

Wenger, who has been at Arsenal since 1996, has thus far guided the north London club to three Premier League titles, six FA Cups and six Community Shields.