Nottingham Forest 4-2 Arsenal – player ratings

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Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup in the third round for the first time ever under Arsene Wenger, going down 4-2 to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground this afternoon.

It was mad cup tie, with goals, penalties, a red card, but above all else a dreadful Arsenal performance against a Championship team who had one win in their previous eight games.

Here’s how the players rated today.

DO
13
5
MD
2
4
PM
4
3
RH
16
2.5
AMN
55
5
AI
17
2
ME
35
3
JW
69
4
TW
14
2
RN
61
4.5
DW
23
3
DO
13
6
MD
2
5
PM
4
4
RH
16
4
AMN
55
6
AI
17
4
ME
35
5
JW
69
6
TW
14
4
RN
61
6
DW
23
5.5
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13: David Ospina

6
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5
Readers
36

Beaten four times and probably our best player on the night despite being very iffy on the first goal in particular. That's so Ospina.

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2: Mathieu Debuchy

5
arseblog
4
Readers
34

Thought he was generally ok but switched off a bit second half. Penalty award was a touch harsh, but it looked like a clumsy challenge in the box, and you could see why it was given.

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4: Per Mertesacker

4
arseblog
3
Readers
3

Got the equaliser just after they scored, but exposed for pace all day, and the lack of organisation for the first goal was strange for a player of his experience.

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16: Rob Holding

4
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2.5
Readers
52

Conceded a penalty, could have closed down quicker for the second goal too., a bad day.

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55: Ainsley Maitland-Niles

6
arseblog
5
Readers
56

Showed some nice touches, but none of what went wrong today should be pinned on our fledgling players.

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17: Alex Iwobi

4
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2
Readers
46

So badly out of form right now, it's like all the confidence he had when he first broke into the team is gone.

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35: Mohamed Elneny

5
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3
Readers
51

Average, not a player who can take control in midfield

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69: Joseph Willock

6
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4
Readers
60

See Maitland-Niles. None of this is on him.

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14: Theo Walcott

4
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2
Readers
11

Practically anonymous. His free kick helped create the goal but in the final third he was awful.

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61: Reiss Nelson

6
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4.5
Readers
59

See Maitland-Niles and Willock. Still has some learning to do at this level, no question.

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23: Danny Welbeck

5.5
arseblog
3
Readers
39

Another screamer to add to his Arsenal highlight reel, and probably the best of our forward players but that's not saying a lot.

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62: Eddie Nketiah

6
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4.5
Readers
63

Had one chance which was well saved, but the same applies to him as all the other young players

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32: Chuba Akpom

N/R
arseblog
3
Readers
42

Not on long enough to rate

Vote is now closed.

Bonus rating: 10/10 when Jon Moss fell over, that was the most entertaining part of the game. Whatever else is going on, a referee going arse over tit is always funny.

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