Lewis Graban’s Late Strike Sees Nottingham Forest Dump Arsenal Out of FA Cup

A late strike from Lewis Graban stunned Arsenal as Nottingham Forest knocked the Gunners out of the FA Cup.

They registered a 1–0 win for the Championship side to book the East Midlands derby with Leicester in the fourth round.

Arsenal, 14-time winners, produced a disgruntled performance it got what it deserved, with Forrest more than matching the visitors to continue their upward curve under Steve Cooper.

Four years earlier, managerless Forrest defeated the Gunners 4–2 in the third round as Arsene Wenger’s reign came to a dismal conclusion.

Arsenal are now slowly stirring under Mikel Arteta, but they suffered the same fate at City Ground, showing that a lot of work needs to be done.

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As they struggled to find their way past the entire Organized Forest, Eddie Neketia lost his best chance and Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka were swiftly closed.

Neketia and Ben White pulled off the goal and Albert Lokonga deflected a shot during a sneaky first half for the Gunners, who were wearing all white as part of an anti-knife offense initiative.

Forrest was more adept at attacking, even though he failed to test Bernd Leno, and Arteta’s concern was evident when he removed Nuno Tavares after just 34 minutes.

The defender, replaced by Kieran Tierney, endured a muddy half, during which a wild back pass nearly caught Leno. His frustration was evident, he threw his gloves on the ground without looking at his manager.

This was symbolic of the untidy nature of the Gunners’ half – they were far out of control and the Forest showed glimpses of trouble troubling them at their own pace.

Arsenal had plenty of ball, but Forrest was never concerned during the forgettable first half – which would have suited the hosts, who restarted quickly after the break.

He carved out a meaningful first chance of the game when Brennan Johnson overtook Cedric on the right and crossed for Philipp Zinkernagel to test Leno.

It was Arsenal’s turn to turn down a good opportunity when Saka teased Jack Colback and crossed for Neketia.

The striker pulled Joe Worrall’s back and had a free header from six yards, but managed to completely foil his attempt and it rolled badly.

The game threatened to find some lives and James Garner’s free-kick was well saved by Leno as Forest pressed after hours but it was all too brief.

Charlie Patino, on his full debut, was replaced by Alexandre Lacazette, who consistently struggled to make an impact, but the same could be said for his teammates, who all lacked cohesion.

It was a throwback performance that blew the Gunners’ recent form. The hosts had sensed their chance and finally made it Arsenal’s own when the breakthrough was seven minutes to go.

Lokonga lost the ball in midfield and Yates was slammed to the right to slide Graban and provide the right cross to win from six yards.

Forest owner Steve Cooper told ITV: “I think the best team wins. We came up against a really good team but we had a plan. I wanted us to have more balls but I really like Bryce.” (Samba) Don’t remember. ) There is a save to make.

“I hope the players can really believe in what we are doing because they should.

“We are just looking to build in a way that can serve us now and in the future. It is a big club and deserves to be played on the big stage. I felt it from day one and it is a real honour. is here.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told ITV Sport: “They won, they scored a goal and we didn’t. We weren’t good enough that day and we are out of the competition and we must apologize for that.

“There were too many errors in the dangerous areas and too much leeway. We didn’t have the ability to change that and adapt to win it.

“It’s tough when you have nine players but I don’t want to use that excuse. I hope the players play better and we are out.”

“What we did is nowhere near the level or standard that is required. It is a collective issue.”