Arsenal player ratings vs Nottingham Forest: Tavares hooked after 35-minute shocker; Cedric drop-off a concern

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Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest after Lewis Grabban scored the only goal of the game.

The Gunners were poor throughout the 90 minutes and they never really got going at all, failing to register a shot on target.

In the end, they were made to pay for their showing as Championship side Forest grabbed a deserved winner in the 83rd minute through Grabban.

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Bernd Leno 7

Arsenal’s best player on the night, but that is not something to really shout about. Made a few good saves, particularly from James Garner’s free-kick in the second-half.

Cedric 4

The drop-off from Takehiro Tomiyasu to the Portugal international is stark. Wasn’t good enough in possession and struggled all night.

Ben White 6

Not at his usual best and was prone to the odd stray pass. Defensively he did okay, though, and was better than some of the others on show.

Rob Holding 6

Had a good old battle with Forest striker Keinan Davis, who was a real handful. Holding stood his ground, though, and was solid enough.

Nuno Tavares 3

Taken off after just 30 minutes or so after a poor performance. Sloppy in possession and positionally he was getting caught out.

Albert Sambi Lokonga 5

The Belgian’s first start in a while and he looked a little rusty. His pass was intercepted for what turned out to be the winning goal.

Charlie Patino 5

Put himself about a bit early on with some crunching tackles. Couldn’t really get into the game, though, and was taken off after 70 minutes.

Bukayo Saka 6

One of the better Arsenal players during a poor performance. Created Arsenal’s best chance of the game when he picked out Nketiah with a cross.

Martin Odegaard 5

You could see how frustrated the Norwegian was getting as the game carried on. Not able to influence the game as he usually does.

Gabriel Martinelli 5

Lots of energy and work-rate, but not the level of performance he has been producing recently. Forest right-back Djed Spence kept him quiet.

Eddie Nketiah 5

Barely had a kick in the first-half and was just chasing loose balls. Missed a great chance in the second-half from a Saka cross.


Kieran Tierney (Tavares 35’) 6

On for Nuno, who was really struggling. A solid performance from the Scot.

Alexandre Lacazette (Patino 69’) 5

Came on to play the No10 role but couldn’t get into the match.

Sead Kolasinac (Cedric 90’ ) N/A

Subs not used: Ramsdale, Chambers, Mari, Biereth, Salah-Eddine, Hutchinson.

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