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As if this victory over Arsenal wasn't good enough, Forest's tie in the fourth round will see them face Midlands rivals Leicester, once again at the City Ground. If the atmosphere for this game wasn't electric enough, that local derby will be a sight to behold! Arsenal's only realistic chance of a trophy now comes in the League Cup, and Mikel Arteta's side will need to step up their game a fair few levels if they're to advance past Liverpool and get to Wembley.
Marauding up and down the right wing like a man possessed, Djed Spence was a stand-out in this match, and integral to Forest's high-energy style of play. He had the most touches of any Forest player, as well as four interceptions, a perfect passing accuracy in Arsenal territory, including one key pass, and was also fouled four times, showing how he popped up all over the pitch to help Forest complete a famous victory.
Well, what an upset! High-flying Arsenal have been dumped out of the FA Cup, and deservedly so, by a Nottingham Forest side who were by far the better team from start to finish! Lewis Grabban's winning goal, although coming late, was the least the hosts deserved as they created more chances and defended better than the Gunners, who exit the competition with their tails firmly between their legs!
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FULL-TIME: NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1-0 ARSENAL.
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A deep free-kick is swung into the Forest box, but Garner is fouled going up for the ball and Arsenal grant the hosts yet another reprieve!
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Cedric is brought off by Mikel Arteta, and Sead Kolasinac replaces him in what will likely be Arsenal's last throw of the dice.
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We're into the first minute of three added on for stoppages, and it's now or never for Arsenal!
Saka and Odegaard look to link up inside the box, but the final ball to Saka is too far ahead of him and Worrall smashes the ball clear!
BLOCKED!!! Cafu and Grabban link-up putting the latter into shooting space. Grabban tracks across the box before shooting, but White gets in the way to keep Forest at bay once more!
Spence chases a long ball all the way back into the corner, and does brilliantly to win the throw-in ahead of Tierney.
Johnson races forward on the counter and Forest aren't done here! He speeds ahead of Cedric before noticing the lack of options and stalling, but still manages to win the throw-in for his side.
The quick recycle of the ball after winning it was superb from Forest, and that ball from Yates was an absolute beauty!
GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!! Forest take the lead!!! Arsenal are dispossessed again, and the cross from Yates finds Grabban steaming into the box. The striker stretches to get a touch, and toes the ball home to make it 1-0 to the home side! What a finish!
Grabban brings Odegaard down as he looks to force the Arsenal midfielder back inside his own half, and concedes the free-kick.
CHANCE!!! Saka brings down a lofted pass and looks to tee up Lacazette at the far post. He crosses for his striker, but the substitute is a fraction too late and misses the ball!
Tierney looks to cut inside, but is caught late by Spence and the Forest right-back is given a yellow card.
The lack of movement in attack from Arsenal is very, very poor to see. There is very little in the way of fluidity in the Gunners' frontline, and they've given the back-three of Notts Forest very little to deal with.
Zinckernagel is the next to be withdrawn for Forest, and on comes Cafu to replace him in midfield.
Spence races forward and looks to advance towards Arsenal's box as he glides through challenges, but he's scythed down from behind by Martinelli, who is rightfully booked.
Zinckernagel brings down Odegaard 30 yards from his own goal, and Arsenal have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Zinckernagel is down after catching a forearm to the throat, however doesn't require treatment and play can continue.
Patino comes off for Arsenal, and is replaced by Alexandre Lacazette.
WIDE!!! Nketiah rolls out of a McKenna challenge and drives into the area. He's in space on the left, but fires his effort high and wide of the Forest goal.
Davis has impressed up front for the hosts, and he's replaced by another good lone frontman in Lewis Grabban.
The hosts are settling into this second half now, after a trulty frantic start. Their possession rate has increased by 5 per cent, albeit to still just 39, but they're being far more effective on the ball than Arsenal are, to say the least.
Manchester United loanee Garner has really impressed thus far, already winning the ball six times, including two interceptions. As well as that on target free-kick, he's also completed a cross, and has won all of his duels in the air so far.
SAVED!!! Garner strikes the free-kick beautifully, and Leno flies high to parry away the curling shot! Colback looks to have been shoved over by Saka, but the referee gives no penalty! This home crowd sure are animated at the moment!
Martinelli shunts into an unsuspecting Yates as the two go for a loose ball, and Forest win the free-kick around 30 yards from goal.
Colback is all over Saka on the right touchline, having three attempts at challenges on the Arsenal winger before finally bringing him to ground, and the referee eventually gives the free-kick!
WIDE!!! Saka finds space to cross and plants the ball right on the head of Nketiah, but his attempted header back across goal is awful and dribbles behind for a goal kick!
Colback finds Davis in the middle, who again is crowded out in the box. He plays it forward for Colback to latch onto, but it's just a fraction ahead of his left-wing-back and the ball goes out of play.
Arsenal have remained sluggish so far, but Forest have started this second half with far more intent to play forward. Their counter-attacks are looking more dangerous each time they occur, and surely a quality chance is beckoning for the hosts.
SAVED!!! Johnson flies past Holding on the counter, and crosses into the box. Zinckernagel hits it on the half-volley, forcing a low save from Leno down to his left! The first real chance of the match and it's livened the crowd up to say the least!
Martinelli strides towards the box and looks to find Odegaard on the edge of the area, but his pass is cut out by Spence, who clears his lines.
Nketiah counters and looks to beat Worrall, but Cook arrives to help out his captain and recovers possession for Forest.
Forest are camped around the Arsenal box at the moment, and Davis tries a shot which is blocked, but straight into the path of Zinckernagel and the home side will come right back at the Gunners.
We're back underway for the second period, via the boot of Odegaard!
The two teams head back out, and everyone in the City Ground will be hoping for an uptick in quality in the second half!
Saka has been arguably the only Arsenal player who looks to have the quality to make a difference in this game. So far, he's completed three key passes, two crosses, and has won two fouls, and will need his teammates to step up to the plate if the Gunners are to win this cup tie.
It's been a dour affair so far, with neither side being able to muster up much quality, particularly in the final third. A few pop-shots from the edge of the box has been the sum total of Arsenal's efforts, and Forest haven't even got that close despite a few promising counter-attacks. Both sides need to produce much more composure, both on and off the ball, if the quality of this game is to increase in the second half!
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HALF-TIME: NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0-0 ARSENAL.
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Colback drags down Saka right on the edge of the box, but luckily for him the Arsenal winger was flagged for offside, meaning the free-kick instead goes Forest's way!
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We'll play one more minute in added stoppage time to close out this first half.
A good-looking Forest counter, again through Davis, comes to Yates, but his pass to Johnson on the right is behind the winger and rolls out for a throw.
OUCH!!! Nketiah slides in on Samba, completely taking out the Forest keeper as he makes a clearing kick! The Arsenal forward claims that he slipped, but regardless he's lucky to avoid a card there!
Forest are looking to reach the FA Cup fourth round in consecutive seasons for the first time since doing so in 2003-04 and 2004-05.
BLOCKED!!! Martinelli is put into acres of space on the left, and finds Tierney on his inside. He lays off Holding, but it's a poor shot from the Gunners defender that is easily blocked and cleared by the home side!
Tierney crosses right into the box, bypassing a sea of red shirts, but Nketiah can't control the high ball properly and Forest clear.
Saka looks to get away from Zinckernagel after releasing Lokonga, and is promptly brought down off the ball by the Forest midfielder, who is booked.
Tavares is withdrawn for Arsenal, either through injury or a tactical decision, and Kieran Tierney is introduced for Arsenal.
BLOCKED!!! Lokonga tries his luck from a similar position to Nketiah, and Arsenal win another corner after the ball deflects off Worrall!
WIDE!!! Nketiah steps around the edge of the box, and fires a left-footed shot into the side netting! A deflection off Cook helped it on its way behind, and so the Gunners will have a corner!
The corner comes out to Zinckernagel, who twice looks to shoot, but the balll just won't sit up properly for him and he's dispossessed!
Zinckernagel beats Tavares on the right and crosses the ball into a dangerous area. With little options in all-white, Cedric heads the ball behind for a another Forest corner.
Some promising attacking play from Arsenal sees Martinelli almost put into a gap by Odegaard, however the forward is thwarted by Worrall sticking out a leg.
McKenna is found on the run with a beautiful diagonal pass from Samba, but his ball forward for Garner, looking to break Arsenal's defensive line, is too heavily hit and White can recover the ball for the visitors.
Arsenal have won five of their last six meetings with Forest in all competitions, though the exception was that 4-2 loss at the City Ground in the third round in 2017-18.
Spence is crowded out by Tavares and Martinelli and looks to have let the ball run out for a goal-kick, however the latter did foul him in the process and so Forest have a free-kick in a promising position.
Davis looks to set off on the break from that corner but he's brought down on halfway by Odegaard! Although it looks to be a stonewall, card-worthy foul, the referee says that the Arsenal midfielder won the ball and so play carries on!
Martinelli is put into space in the box and puts in a hanging cross from the byline. It takes a deflection on its way behind, and so the Gunners have a corner.
This is the fifth FA Cup meeting between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal, with both sides progressing twice each – Forest most recently of course in 2017-18.
Patino takes on Spence down the left and looks to have won a corner, but the referee correctly judges that the last touch came off the Arsenal youngster, and so a goal-kick is given.
Tavares tries a lofted pass back to Leno, but it's overhit slightly and the Arsenal keeper has to chest the ball behind for a corner, preventing a possible own goal!
Spence sets off on a run forward down the left-hand side, but he's felled by Cedric, who is very lucky not to see a card, there.
Holding cuts out a potential Forest counter-attack and engages Davis in a duel for the ball. It goes out over the sideline, but the two have a disagreement and there's some pushing and shoving near the dugout.
Following an Arsenal free-kick being headed away, White tries his luck from the edge of the box. He creates shooting space for himself, but drags his shot well wide of Samba's goal.
Yates and Tavares tussle for the ball, but the Forest midfielder catches the Arsenal man with a stray elbow and concedes the free-kick.
Arsenal have been eliminated at the third round stage of the FA Cup just once in the last 25 seasons, though that one defeat did come at Forest in 2017-18.
STOPPED!!! Forest play right through Arsenal, as some one-touch play between Davis and Johnson sees the latter put Zinckernagel through on the left. His pass is slightly too heavy though, and Leno races out of goal to snatch the ball from the feet of the Forest attacker!
Forest's starting formation has seen a shake-up since kick-off. Cook is now in the middle of a back three, with Colback moving out to left-wing-back and Yates dropping in alongside Garner. Zinckernagel and Johnson have pushed up to flank Davis on either side.
Davis kicks the game off for Forest, and we are underway at the City Ground!
The two sides enter the fray at the City Ground, and kick-off isn’t too far away!
Injuries, covid, and the Africa Cup of Nations means several Arsenal first-teamers are missing for this game, and Bernd Leno will captain this relatively inexperienced side that will see the first senior start of Charlie Patino in midfield.
Forest’s two January signings, Keinan Davis and Steve Cook, come straight into the starting XI for the hosts, making their debuts in this game. The experience of Cook at the back will be paramount for Forest, as they look to keep out this energetic Arsenal attack.
ARSENAL SUBS: Aaron Ramsdale, Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Sead Kolasinac, Mika Bierith, Salah-Edine Oulad M’Hand, Omari Hutchinson.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Cedric Soares, Ben White, Rob Holding, Nuno Tavares; Albert Sambi Lokonga, Charlie Patino; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Eddie Nketiah.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST SUBS: Ethan Horvath, Tobias Figueiredo, Lewis Grabban, Joao Carvalho, Gaetan Bong, Cafu, Xande Silva, Braian Ojeda, Lyle Taylor.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST (4-2-3-1): Brice Samba; Djed Spence, Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna, Steve Cook; James Garner, Jack Colback; Brennan Johnson, Philip Zinckernagel, Ryan Yates; Keinan Davis.
The Gunners’ League Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool was postponed, and so Mikel Arteta’s side will have fresh legs as they look to make a positive start in English football’s other, and arguably more prestigious, domestic cup tournament.
The hosts, who beat the Gunners 4-2 at this stage of the competition in 2017-18, will be hoping they can replicate that feat against the team who have won more FA Cups than any other.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of this FA Cup third round tie, between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal.