Nottingham Forest have knocked FA Cup holders Arsenal out of the competition after winning 4-2 at the City Ground.

Forest defender Eric Lichaj’s two goals gave the hosts at 2-1 lead going to half time and penalties from Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell in the second half confirmed the victory to send the Gunners out at the Third Round stage for the first time since the 1995/96 campaign.

Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck scored either side of half time for the visitors, but it was not enough to prevent the Tricky Trees from progressing into the next round.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men late on in the match, after Joe Worrall received a straight red card.

It was the first time that Forest had beaten Arsenal in all competitions since December 1996 and here are some of the best reactions from Forest supporters on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/CurtFrancis1997/status/950066117611081729

Arsene Wenger made nine changes to his side which had a number of young players in it, including the likes of Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson.

To make matters worse, he filled his bench with players from the Gunners’ Under 23s team, with Callum Chambers being the only recognisable player on the visiting substitutes bench.

Wenger’s rotation clearly backfired, with the result being the first time that Arsenal have exited the competition at the Third Round stage.

Many angry Arsenal supporters expressed their frustrations on Twitter about the poor performance and the lack of experience in the side.

https://twitter.com/PerezMataCFC/status/950068338604040194

Forest will be in Monday night’s FA Cup Fourth Round draw, which will be shown live at 7:10PM on BBC Two.

 

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