5 key talking points from Arsenal losing 2-4 to Nottingham Forest
The FA Cup holders were were knocked out by Championship side, Nottingham Forest. Here＇s what we extracted from the enthralling encounter.
For the first time in the Arsene Wenger era, Arsenal have been knocked out of the FA Cup at the third round. The FA Cup holders were unceremoniously sent home by a team sitting 14th in the Championship. Nottingham Forest handed Arsene Wenger’s men only their second defeat in 24 FA Cup games, as they’ve won the tournament in three out of the past four seasons.
Two career-defining goals from Eric Lichaj, a Ben Brereton penalty and a second penalty scored by Kieran Dowell gave Nottingham Forest a famous win at the City Ground. The Reds are now the first lower division side to score 4+ goals against Arsenal in the FA Cup since Hull City in 1908, this just exemplifies the enormity of the result.
Here are the main talking points from the game at the City Ground.
5. Per Mertesacker’s retirement couldn’t come quicker
4. Reiss Nelson dive
3. Arsene Wenger fields a young starting XI
2. Arsenal concede TWO penalties
1. Stand-out performance from Ben Brereton