10 Jan 2022 | 11:46 | Football
Coach Mikel Arteta’s teachers and students lost to Nottingham Forest 0-1 on the opponent’s field in the third round of the FA Cup at dawn on January 10 (Hanoi time).
The most traditional rich team in the FA Cup had to stop right from the third round. Arsenal played deadlocked and could not get up after being conceded by the opponent in the 83rd minute. In the last 26 seasons, Arsenal were only eliminated from the round. 3 FA Cups exactly twice and all came after defeats to Nottingham (2021/22 and 2017/18).
Before the opponent from the First Division, coach Arteta still showed caution by launching many stars into the field from the beginning such as Odegaard, Martinelli, Saka and Ben White.
Arsenal was given the game by the opponent, so they held the ball to 66%. However, the visitors had a disappointing first half when they could not create any remarkable opportunities. Saka was blocked, Nketiah, Martinelli also sank in the middle of Nottingham’s large defense.
All 6 shots of the London team in the first half failed to hit the target. On the other side of the front line, the home team devoted maximum attention to the defensive front, so they did not create any opportunities.
The stalemate still hung on Arsenal in the second half. Even Coach Arteta’s army almost conceded a goal after a quick counterattack in the 53rd minute. Philip Zinckernagel ran to catch a teammate’s pass, but he missed the post when the goal was wide open.
Arsenal had to wait until the 58th minute to get close to the home goal. Nketiah squandered Saka’s attempt to hang the ball with a header that sent the ball out of bounds. 10 minutes later, Nketiah continued to disappoint fans with a shot that shot over the bar from close range.
Arsenal paid dearly for missed opportunities. In the 83rd minute, Lewis Grabban hit the finish line close to the wall to beat Bernd Leno after a cross from the right. The mistake belonged to Lokonga with a broken pass in the middle of the field.
The little time left is not enough for the away team to make a surprise. In the third round of the FA Cup four years ago, Nottingham also made Arsenal regret with a 4-2 victory at home.