The Arsenal was eliminated this Sunday in the third round of the FA Cup after falling at the City Ground stadium to Nottingham Forest (1-0), of the Championship, with a goal from Lewis Grabban with seven minutes remaining.
Arsenal, led by Spanish Mikel Arteta, established some variations in its starting eleven and although it kept the Norwegian Martin Odegaard within the line-up, it was unable to face Steven Cooper’s team, which is ninth in the second category of English football.
The London side enjoyed fictitious dominance throughout the match but neither Bukayo Saka nor Edward Nketiah managed to beat goalkeeper Brice Samba.
The crash unraveled in the final stretch. A loss of the ball by the Belgian Sambi Lokonga in the center of the field was taken advantage of by the local team. Ryan Yates picked up the ball and he made a precise cross from the right wing to the far post of the Arsenal goal where Lewis Grabban appeared to beat the German Bernd Leno and overtake Nottingham Forest.
The excitement with the goal was such that some fans jumped onto the pitch and ran to hug Grabban and the other teammates who were in full celebration.
The Gunners, who already had Alexander Lacazette from the 69th minute, tried desperately to make amends with the entry of Sead Kolasinac, but they ran out of time; They turned on the goal of Samba but did not achieve their goal.
This is not the first team of the Premier League which falls in the third round of the FA Cup. This Saturday, Cambridge United of the English third division (League One) eliminated Newcastle also 1-0.
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