Nottingham Forest 4-2 Arsenal live reaction as Gunners dumped out in FA Cup third round


Holders Arsenal were sent crashing out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle, as they suffered a 4-2 defeat to Championship side Nottingham Forest.

An enthralling, action-packed clash at the City Ground saw the Gunners lose in the third round for the first time under Arsene Wenger, as England’s longest-serving manager was out-witted by Forest caretaker boss Gary Brazil.

American full-back Eric Lichaj opened the scoring before Gunners skipper Per Mertesacker levelled.

Lichaj deservedly re-established Forest’s lead before the break when he fired in a stunning volley to give the home fans hope of an upset as they got stuck into their half-time Bovrils.

Lichaj celebrates his first…
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And then his second
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Impressive teenager Ben Brereton netted a penalty to put the hosts 3-1 up before a Danny Welbeck shot trickled in.

Ben Brereton scores the third from the spot
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But a controversial spot kick from Kieran Dowell – who appeared to kick the ball twice as he slipped taking the penalty – sealed a 4-2 win and a famous upset for the hosts.

Arsenal protest against Dowell’s penalty
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Wenger – who has lifted the trophy seven time – was forced to watch the action unfold from the stands as he began a three-match touchline ban, as he lived to regret making nine changes from the side that took on Chelsea midweek.

Arsene Wenger looks on from the stands as Arsenal are beaten
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Recap all of the action as it happened below…