Arsenal’s humiliating defeat at the hands of mid-table Championship outfit Nottingham Forest is one that will resonate for some weeks to come. The current holders of the FA Cup were largely tipped to defend their crown or, at least, come close to the final. However, they failed miserably, with Forest worthy winners.
Eric Lichaj opened the scoring, but his effort was cancelled out by Per Mertesacker, before Lichaj scored a stunning goal as he controlled the ball on his chest before stroking his effort into the top corner to the delight of the home fans.
Ben Brereton then scored from the spot to make it 3-1, but Danny Welbeck rolled home from a tight angle to set up a nervy end for the home side. However, Kieran Dowell converted the second penalty in controversial style as he was adjudged not to have taken a double touch after slipping.
In the end, Arsenal barely threatened to get back into the game from this point, and their exit was more reminiscent of a whimper than it was a bang.
They were lambasted by fans and critics alike, with their defence in particular poor. Indeed, their woes at the back and all-around ineptitude was shown in one incredible moment. Arsenal set up a high line in their own box to defend a free-kick, but they failed to realise that their two-man wall was deeper than their line of defenders, allowing Lichaj time and space in the middle to score the opener.
It was absolutely incredible. Despite the fact that the chosen Arsenal side was relatively inexperienced, it is unforgivable not to notice the fact that their wall was playing the goalscorer onside. Arsenal were punished for this and, indeed, they were punished for their awful display, with their defence of the FA Cup brought to an end before it had ever really started.