The FA Cup third round sees Premiership teams join other EFL teams in the draw. Since these EFL teams rarely play the big boys, they are especially fired up when they face them in the Cup competitions such as the FA Cup . Forest has had the number of the Gunners in the Cup competition eliminating them LAST TIME they met in 2018. Arsenal debuting a “meringues” style jersey which was weird to watch. It was in protest against knife crimes. Nevertheless they played their usual possession soccer, only to fail to get a shot on target the entire match. A decent attack with Saka, Nketiah and Odegaard doesn’t have any excuses for that.
Forest on the other hand were menacing on the right with Johnson and on the sheer fact that they caused more problems to the Arsenal defense deserve the victory. They have their keeper Leno thank for keeping the scores respectable. The phenomenon of struggling against lower sides isn’t new to Arsenal. They have been accused of lacking “stomach” when facing sides which are physical in their play. The arrival pf Thomas Partey solved that problem but now Ghanaian is away at Afcon. Xhaka was rested meaning Lokonga was tasked being the midfield hardman. Lokonga lost possession carelessly in midfield leading to the goal by Grabban. Nothing fancy just sliding in for the goal in typical EFL Championship style. Tavares the left back is taking his time to find his mark in the English game. Thus he has lost his place to Tierney, his weird back pass in the opening stages of the game shows that he needs more game time. If there is a silver lining to the defeat, it is that the Arsenal can now concentrate on a Top 4 finish seeing as they are not in UEFA competition this season.