Arsenal Knocked Out of FA Cup, Forest Win 4-2 @ Nottingham

Nottingham Forest knocked out the FA Cup holders Arsenal with a stunning victory at the City Ground which included an unlikely brace from Eric Lichaj and two penalties.

Lichaj originally gave Forest the lead with a close-range header before Per Mertesacker brought Arsenal back on level terms. The defender’s sumptuous volley just before half-time then put them back into the lead.

Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell then both scored from the penalty spot either side of a Danny Welbeck strike to inflict a humbling defeat on the Premier League side.

Nottingham Forest celebrate with Eric Lichaj after he gave them a surprise lead over the FA Cup holders after 20 minutes

Nottingham Forest celebrate with Eric Lichaj after he gave them a surprise lead over the FA Cup holders after 20 minutes

Lichaj needed to only connect with Kieran Dowell's free-kick to guide the ball past Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina

Lichaj needed to only connect with Kieran Dowell’s free-kick to guide the ball past Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina

Lichaj regained the lead for Nottingham Forest with an incredible volley from 20 yards on the stroke of half-time

Ben Brereton of Nottingham Forest puts his side two goals ahead from the penalty spot and send the City Ground into rapture

Ben Brereton of Nottingham Forest puts his side two goals ahead from the penalty spot and send the City Ground into rapture

Brereton celebrates scoring Nottingham Forest's third goal with an affectionate Joe Worrall rewarding him with a kiss

Brereton celebrates scoring Nottingham Forest’s third goal with an affectionate Joe Worrall rewarding him with a kiss

Arsenal players return to their starting positions after conceding a third goal against the Championship side on Sunday

Arsenal players return to their starting positions after conceding a third goal against the Championship side on Sunday

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker looks dejected after seeing his side fall behind for a second time in the tie to a Lichaj strike

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND MATCH ZONE

Nottingham Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Worrall, Mancienne, Traore, Osborn, Vaughan, Cash (McKay 87), Dowell (Mills 90), Clough (Walker 56), Brereton.

Subs not used: Henderson, Bouchalakis, Cummings, Vellios.

Goals: Lichaj 20, 44; Brereton 64 pen, Dowell 87 pen

Bookings: None

Sent off: Worrall

Arsenal: Ospina, Debuchy (Akpom 87), Mertesacker, Holding, Nelson, Willock (Nketiah 65), Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck.

Subs not used: Macey, Chambers, Osei-Tutu, Dasilva, Reine-Adelaide.

Goals: Mertesacker 23, Welbeck 79

Bookings: Debuchy, Ospina, Mertesacker

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Eric Lihaj scores his second goal of the game with a sumptuous volley from 20 yards. For more from Match Zone,

Nottingham Forest players have one final team talk in the centre of the pitch prior to kick off at the City Ground on Sunday

Nottingham Forest players have one final team talk in the centre of the pitch prior to kick off at the City Ground on Sunday

Arsene Wenger takes his place in the stands as part of a three-game touchline ban with former assistant Pat Rice behind him

Arsene Wenger takes his place in the stands as part of a three-game touchline ban with former assistant Pat Rice behind him

Theo Walcott fluffed an early chance to give Arsenal the lead after failing to properly connect with the ball when shooting

Nottingham Forest star Lichaj is left completely unmarked and nudges home a free-kick to give his side the lead

Lichaj of Nottingham Forest celebrates his first goal of the game as his team-mates run to join him during the first-half

Mertesacker (left) brings Arsenal back on level terms with a well-taken strike within three minutes of the opening goal

Mertesacker (left) brings Arsenal back on level terms with a well-taken strike within three minutes of the opening goal

The German defender celebrates a rare goal along with his fellow team-mates to bring Arsenal back on level terms

Arsenal goalkeeper Ospina is attended to by defender Mathieu Debuchy after he appears to dislocate his finger

Arsenal goalkeeper Ospina is attended to by defender Mathieu Debuchy after he appears to dislocate his finger

Lichaj watches as his volley heads towards the Arsenal goal to give Nottingham Forest a 2-1 lead over the FA Cup holders

Lichaj watches as his volley heads towards the Arsenal goal to give Nottingham Forest a 2-1 lead over the FA Cup holders

Lichaj (left) celebrates after scoring twice in a game for the first time in his professional career to give Forest a 2-1 lead

Alex Iwobi and Mertesacker react with disbelief as referee Jon Moss awards Nottingham Forest a penalty in the second half

Alex Iwobi and Mertesacker react with disbelief as referee Jon Moss awards Nottingham Forest a penalty in the second half

Nottingham Forest's Ben Brereton scores their third goal from the penalty spot with a well-placed effort into the right corner

Nottingham Forest’s Ben Brereton scores their third goal from the penalty spot with a well-placed effort into the right corner

Kieran Dowell appeared to kick the ball twice as he converted Nottingham Forest's second penalty and sealed the game

Kieran Dowell appeared to kick the ball twice as he converted Nottingham Forest’s second penalty and sealed the game

Referee Jonathan Moss waves away protests from Rob Holding and Welbeck following the penalty that put Forest 4-2 ahead 

Referee Jonathan Moss waves away protests from Rob Holding and Welbeck following the penalty that put Forest 4-2 ahead

Wenger looks dejected as he sits next to Jens Lehamann in the stands and watches Arsenal fall even further behind in the tie

Wenger looks dejected as he sits next to Jens Lehamann in the stands and watches Arsenal fall even further behind in the tie.

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