Arsenal Knocked-Out of FA Cup by Nottingham Forest

Arsenal Knocked-Out of FA Cup by Nottingham Forest

Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round by Nottingham Forest for the second time in four years.

The record FA Cup winners have lost only twice in the third round since 1996 – and both times were at the hands of Forest.

Lewis Grabban slid home Ryan Yates’ inviting cross seven minutes from time to shock the 14-time winners on Sunday, January 9th, 2022.

Forest, resurgent under manager Steve Cooper, can now look forward to an East Midlands derby and another meeting with a Premier League side, holders Leicester City, in the fourth round.

The Championship side, who beat the Gunners 4-2 at the same stage in 2018 and have not lost a home tie in six years, were physical from the start.

Cooper was delighted with his side’s battling display, the latest in a series of impressive performances since he took charge in September.

“I think we deserved to win,” he said. “We came up against a really good team. We had a clear game plan. We wanted to be brave with our pressing and get at them on the counter and that’s how we scored.

“I’m really proud of the boys, pleased with the performance. It’s brilliant to get through and I hope the players now really believe in what we’re doing.”