Arsene Wenger makes surprising claim after Arsenal lose to Nottingham Forest in FA Cup tie

  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has explained his side’s shock 4-2 FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest.
  • Arsenal lost in the third round of the FA Cup for the first time under Arsene Wenger against Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

Eric Lichaj (2), Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell all got on the scoresheet to inflict defeat on the Gunners.

Arsenal’s team before the game raised eyebrows with Wenger opting to deploy a weaker side – despite the tournament representing one of their best shots at silverware.

But, speaking after the match, Wenger bizarrely claimed that team selection was not behind his side’s failure to beat a team currently strutting their stuff in the Championship.

“It was very frustrating and unfortunately it was a case on top of that of seeing the team lose.

“We played a very good Forest team who were sharp and focused. The challenges were decisive. Overall our performance wasn’t good enough.

“We have many players on the edge and we play again on Wednesday. When you don’t win the selection is always questioned.

“I believe we had an experienced team – eight or nine internationals. It would be easy to think that was the problem.

“When you’re against a team like that they’re very difficult to beat. Defensively you cannot afford the mistakes we made.”

Wenger sat in the stands as his side slumped to defeat.

The Frenchman is currently serving a three-game ban for his treatment of match officials.
Nottingham Forest stunned Arsenal in the FA Cup third round

And he refused to criticise referee Moss after the game.

“I have spoken about referees… I won’t be doing that again,” he added.

Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil, meanwhile, was elated after the win.

“This has got to be something we build on,” Gary Brazil told BT Sport.

“This football club should be playing against the Arsenals of this world, and they should be beating them.

“These fans deserve to be watching Premier League teams and that’s what we’ve got to drive towards.”