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FA Cup: Arsenal dumped out by Nottingham Forest

FA Cup Arsenal dumped out by Nottingham Forest

FA Cup: Arsenal dumped out by Nottingham Forest

FA Cup holders, Arsenal, have been eliminated from the competition in the third round, after a 4-2 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

The Gunners were heavily rotated by manager, Arsene Wenger, who began his three-man ban.

They found themselves behind in the 20th minute, after Eric Lichaj headed in Kieran Dowell’s free-kick from close range.

Captain Per Mertesacker levelled after only three minutes, stabbing in a loose in the area, after Theo Walcott’s free-kick was not properly cleared.

However, the hosts restored their advantage before the break, thanks to Lichaj’s superb volley from the edge of the area. Ben Brereton smashed in a penalty to make it 3-1, before Danny Welbeck pulled one back for Arsenal.

Forest restored their two-goal lead with five minutes left through Dowell’s penalty.