Defending Champions Arsenal have been knocked out from the competition in the third round. The Gunners lost 4-2 at Nottingham Forest on Sunday. The defending champions were also heavily rotated by manager Arsene Wenger while serving his three-match ban.
The FA cup holders went behind in the 20th minute after Eric Lichaj headed in a free kick from Kieran Dowell. Captain and German international Per Mertesacker leveled after three minutes. He was placed to tap in a loose ball in the area after a free kick from Theo Walcott wasn’t properly cleared. Nottingham Forest went ahead before the halftime whistle.
The second goal was courtesy of a superb volley from the edge of the box. In the second half, The defending champions hopes of a come back was sunk by two successive Penalty from Nottingham Forest which ensured victory for the gunners. This was after Danny Welbeck had pulled one back from the holders. The Penalty was scored by Ben Brereton and Dowell.
Arsene Wenger Admits His Team Wasn’t Good Enough
However, Coach Arsene Wenger has revealed that his team was not good enough. He further hints at the loopholes upfront, in the middle and at the back. The Gunners paid dearly for their lackluster performance against Championship side.
Nottingham Forest looked sharper and was outstanding throughout the game. The manager also said he knew the game was going to be very difficult but disappointed with the players handled the game. Meanwhile, before the defeat to Nottingham Forest, the manager is currently serving a three-match ban for his protests against the penalty awarded to West Brom last week.
The English FA also fined the Arsenal manager 40,000 pounds. The referee gave the penalty for handball against Arsenal’s Calum Chambers and Jay Rodriguez got the late equalizer from the spot. Arsenal played a 1-1 draw with West Brom on December 31.