A late Lewis Grabban goal saw us dumped out of this season’s FA Cup at the first hurdle at Nottingham Forest.
A very young, inexperienced Arsenal side, dressed in our white, Adidas anti-violence shirts failed to continue our recent good form, as we struggled to create chances of any note.
Weirdly, we actually could have done with VAR as Ben White was hauled over in the box which shoulda/woulda/coulda been interpreted as a penalty if there were reviews.
Before the game, the draw had matched us with a home tie against cup holders Leicester, but we didn’t even get that far after Forest outfought us on all fronts.
After our unjustified defeat at home to Man City and the ref last weekend, Mikel Arteta had rung the changes for the game through injury and AFCON involvement, however, didn’t feel the need to call off the game.
Nuno Tavares was subbed for Kieran Tierney during a torrid first half for the left-back and was clearly upset with Arteta’s decision as he stormed off and threw his gloves to the ground.
Forest were far the better side and deserved their place in the 4th round, whereas we weren’t at the races and also got what we deserved… precisely nothing.
Next up for a hopefully stronger Arsenal side is our now-crucial League Cup game on Thursday night at Liverpool, assuming the lying Jürgen Klopp fancies it this week.