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Arsenal: Nottingham Forest reveals lack of depth with Arteta ‘hurting’ after flashback

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The Premier League team are stretched to the limit, but Arsenal are tested at the worst possible time.

This is only the second time in the past 26 seasons that Arsenal have been eliminated from the competition in the third round. The other occasion was back in 2018, when they were also beaten by Forest.

The Championship squad were worthy winners yesterday and Arsenal – who have won the FA Cup a record 14 times – now face a crucial 10 days in which they face Liverpool over two rounds in the Carabao Cup semi-finals and will visit Tottenham in a North London derby. .

Mikel Arteta will know her team can’t afford to play as badly as they did at the City Ground last night.

“It really hurts,” he said. “It’s a competition that is linked to our history and to come out of it is a big bump. [We needed] more motivation, more thirst to win at all costs in every action. We were not at our level.

Arteta made seven changes, including three by choice, to the side that ended up facing Manchester City on New Years Day, and the drop in quality was evident.

Arsenal have received a lot of praise in recent weeks for their attacking and adventurous style, but it was a throwback to heavy performances that were starting to feel like a thing of the past. The fact that they failed to register a shot on target summed up a toothless display.

The contrast between that loss and the loss to City was stark, with the performance of Arteta’s full-backs being the biggest difference. Left-back Nuno Tavares was hooked after 35 minutes, throwing his gloves to the ground in anger, but on the other side, Cedric Soares couldn’t have complained if he had been sent off long before the 90th minute.

Nuno Tavares was evacuated after just 35 minutes at the City Ground on Sunday evening

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