Arsenal Eliminated from FA Cup

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Nottingham Forest scored two penalties to knock holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup after a thrilling 4-2 third-round victory at the City Ground on Sunday.

Eric Lichaj headed Forest in front in the 20th minute and then scored a brilliant volley late in the first half after Per Mertesacker had equalised for Arsenal.

                            Nottingham Forest’s Eric Lichaj celebrating after scoring

Ben Brereton made it 3-1 when he converted a penalty after half-time, only for Danny Welbeck to give the Gunners a lifeline when he replied in the 79th minute.
But Kieran Dowell hit back with Forest’s second penalty of the game, despite slipping and appearing to kick the ball with both feet, and the hosts held on for a famous win even after Joe Worrall was sent off.

It is the first time Arsenal, who made nine changes to their starting line-up, have lost in the third round of the FA Cup under Arsene Wenger, who was watching from the stands due to a touchline ban.

• Arsenal have lost an FA Cup third-round tie for the first time since 1996, when they went out to Sheffield United.
• Nottingham Forest became the first side from a lower division to score four goals in an FA Cup tie against Arsenal since Hull City in 1908.
• Arsenal have conceded each of the last 28 penalties they’ve faced in all competitions, since Lukasz Fabianski saved against Bayern Munich in March 2014.
• Nottingham Forest is the first team from a lower division to eliminate the FA Cup holders since Swansea beat Portsmouth in 2009.

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