First big surprise of the third round of the English FA Cup. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, already recovered from COVID, was eliminated at the City Ground stadium against the historic Nottingham Forest (1-0), who plays in the Championship (second category), with a goal from Lewis Grabban in 83 ‘.
Arteta made changes in his team, although the Norwegian Martin Odegaard started. But they were all outdone by Steven Cooper’s team, which is ninth in the second category. The London painting dominated without a bite. Neither Bukayo Saka nor Edward Nketiah managed to beat goalkeeper Brice Samba on their occasions.
The clash was resolved in the 83rd minute: a loss of the ball by Belgian Sambi Lokonga was taken advantage of by Ryan Yates, who made a precise cross from the right wing to the far post of the Arsenal goalkeeper where he appeared. Lewis Grabban to beat the German Leno.
The ‘gunners’, curiously, have only fallen twice in the third round in the last 26 years, and the first was also in this stadium in the Forest.
The Forest now play the fourth round against Leicester, according to this Sunday’s draw.
As a curiosity, Arsenal wore an all-white T-shirt as something punctual. The shirt will never be for sale, as it is part of the ‘No More Red’ campaign that seeks to eradicate youth violence on the streets of London, which has caused many deaths in 2021.