Arsenal have been dumped out of the FA Cup in the third round after slipping to a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest.
The 14-time winners were especially poor at the City Ground and conceded a late goal from substitute Lewis Grabban, who bagged the winner in the 83rd minute.
The goal sparked some superb scenes amongst the home supporters and the Championship outfit were able to told on to set up a tasty East Midlands derby fixture with Leicester City in the fourth round.
Grabban grabs the opener! 💥
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) January 9, 2022
Forest were responsible for Arsene Wenger’s first and only FA Cup third round defeat in 2018 when they beat the Gunners 4-2 at home.
And they inflicted more misery today in what was a dire day for Arsenal. Mikel Arteta’s side didn’t have a single shot on target and had Nuno Tavares hauled off after 33 minutes following a shambolic display.
The Portuguese left-back did not take the substitution well, sulking and slinging his gloves away before ignoring Arsenal staff as he took his place on the bench.
Arsenal, who sported a special, one-off all-white kit as part of a campaign to reduce knife crime, were slammed by Manchester United legend Roy Keane at half-time and branded a “pub team”.
“It’s been rubbish from both teams and you have to be critical of both teams,” the Irishman said on ITV.
“Arsenal, for all of their quality, they look like Real Madrid but they are playing like a pub team, it’s been so poor. Pace of pass, decision making, passing it behind people. Really… rubbish.”