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‘Wenger out’ – Gooners call for time on Frenchman

Arsenal fans have called for manager Arsene Wenger to be sacked following the club’s calamitous FA Cup third round exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest.

The Gunners were humbled by the Championship strugglers 4-2 at the City Ground, meaning any hopes of them winning the trophy for the fourth time in five years have been ousted.

American Eric Lichaj gave the hosts the lead on 20 minutes, however Per Mertesacker equalised only moments later. Lichaj however hit his and Forest’s stunning second a minute before half time – looping a spectacular volley over David Ospina in the Arsenal goal.

A Ben Brereton penalty then extended the hosts lead, before Danny Welbeck hit back on 79 minutes to set up a tense finish. Any hopes of an Arsenal revival were ended however on 84 minutes when Everton loanee Kieran Dowell slotted a second penalty to complete an unlikely FA cup victory.

“It was very frustrating [being in the stands] 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.” said Arsene Wenger after the game.

“We have many players on the edge [of fitness] 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.”

The fans however, aren’t best pleased, and have called for the Frenchman to be shown the door at The Emirates following the embarrassing defeat …

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