Arsenal knocked out of FA cup by lowly-rated Nottingham Forest

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Arsenal FC, defending champions of the England  FA Cup are out, knocked out by Championship   League team Nottingham Forest.

The London club were beaten 4-2 Sunday evening, a loss that will reawaken the campaign to ease the long serving manager, Arsene Wenger out of the club.

The FA Cup has saved Arsenal and Arsene Wenger in recent years but the holders crashed out here against Nottingham Forest, with the manager helplessly watching from the directors’ box as he started the first game of a three-match ban.

That was imposed for his comments about referee Mike Dean, after a controversial penalty award last weekend, but Wenger needs to direct his anger to his hapless players after this defeat with Forest richly deserving the scalp.

There were two more penalty awards in this raucous clash, both correctly awarded by referee Jonathan Moss but – again – there was controversy with Arsenal rightly arguing vehemently that the second spot-kick should not have stood as there was a ‘double kick’ by Kieran Dowell as he slipped in taking it. The arguments raged and there was even a late sending off with Forest’s Joe Worrall shown red for a tackle on substitute Chuba Akpom.

In 21 year at Arsenal Wenger has never – ever – lost in the third round of the competition and has won the FA Cup in three of the last four seasons, but Arsenal were rarely in this tie. They fielded a hugely weakened team – nine changes – but this was an older and vastly more experienced, and obviously expensive, team than Forest could put out.

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