Player ratings as deplorable Gunners suffer from FA Cup shock


Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup in the third round with a strike in the second half from Lewis Grabban, which gave Championship Nottingham Forest a famous 1-0 victory on Sunday night.

The Gunners were carpet all night and the Tricky Trees were good value for their victory, setting up an appetizing encounter in the fourth round with East Midlands rivals Leicester.

During the first half, the chances were few and far between. Arsenal enjoyed the ball more but struggled to break a stoic Forest side down.

The closest one of the teams went to open goals was when Eddie Nketiah cut in from the right before he shot a rejected effort past the post.

The Gunners continued to struggle after the break and Bernd Leno was forced to a good save to deny Philip Zinckernagel after Brennan Johnson had run past Rob Holding in the transition.

Leno was called to action again shortly after, which prevented James Garner’s well-struck free kick from nestling in the top corner.

Despite these fears, Arsenal continued to overwhelm and were eventually penalized eight minutes after time. Ryan Yates burst into space on the right and hit a perfect cross for substitute Grabban to slide in at the back post.

Arsenal tried their best to take an equalizer but never looked like scoring with Forest holding on to secure a giant kill in the FA Cup.

Here are your Arsenal players’ ratings from City Ground …

White led the backline / Michael Regan / GettyImages

Bernd Leno (GK) – 5/10 – Made a nice reflex stop to deny Zinckernagel in the second half. Took out an even better save a few minutes later. Turn off the cross for goals.

Cedric Soares (RB) – 3/10 – Spence and Johnson both took over for regularity. The delivery was awful.

Ben White (CB) – 4/10 – Arsenal’s best defender, which is not the highest compliment. Could have managed his forward pass in midfield. Should have sniffed out the danger of Grabban’s goal earlier.

Rob Holding (CB) – 3/10 – Enjoyed the physical battle with Davis. The distribution was awful at times and he struggled with Forest’s pace as well.

Nuno Tavares (LB) – 2/10 – Started really bad and made a series of mistakes. Was run down after half an hour. It will be interesting to see how he reacts in the future.

A great night for Patino / Laurence Griffiths / GettyImages

Albert Sambi Lokonga (CM) – 4/10 – Exercised his role effectively at times. A little more dynamism on the ball, however, would have been nice.

Charlie Patino (CM) – 3/10 – Not in the match at all in the first half, really bad. Barely improved before it subbads.

Martin Odegaard (AM) – 3/10 – Needed to take the game by the neck as one of his side’s more experienced operators. Drifted around and helped Arsenal hold the ball but penetration was lacking.

Nketiah missed a couple of good chances / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

Bukayo Saka (RW) – 5/10 – A rare disappointing performance from the golden boy. Ran down for a few dead ends and often made the wrong choice. With that said, he was still Arsenal’s best forward for a while.

Eddie Nketiah (ST) – 3/10 – Wasteful. Have no idea what his future career will bring but he has to leave Arsenal this window.

Gabriel Martinelli (LW) – 2/10 – Decision-making and offensive implementation were poor. Lack of movement too. Hacking down Spence in the second half summed up his defensive contribution. Awful.

Kieran Tierney (LB) – 5/10 – Much better than Tavares.

Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – 5/10 – Failed to get a receipt.

Sead Kolasinac (LB) – N / A Absolutely bizarre sub.

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