FA Cup Wrap: Forest eliminate Arsenal

English Premier League

Nottingham Forest 4-2 Arsenal

The FA cup dished up yet another upset as holders Arsenal succumbed to defeat by 4-2 at the hands of Nottingham Forest, when the two sides met City Ground in Nottingham.

The home side opened the scoring 20 minutes into the match as Lichaj unleashed a venomous strike which David Ospina could do nothing about. But three minutes later the cup holders levelled matters after the ball bounced kindly for Per Mertesacker and German made no mistake from close range.

On the stroke of half-time Lichaj found himself unmarked on the edge of the box when the ball fell in his path, which he chested and stroked home a sumptuous volley beyond a flat footed Ospina to restore Forest lead to 2-1.

After halftime, the teenager Brereton, took responsibility and calm slotted from the spot to give his side a 3-1 lead.

With time running out for Arsenal, Danny Welbeck put the ball into an empty net after a mistake by Jordan Smith to give the Gunners hope at 3-2.

However, the home side then wrapped up a fantastic performance when Kieran Dowell added the fourth minutes from the final whistle when he stepped up to convert controversially from the spot to re-establish their two-goal lead and kick Arsenal out of the cup.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Wimbledon

A Harry Kane brace along with a strike from Belgium International Jan Vertonghen sealed convincing 3-0 at Wembley Stadium.

Mauricio Pottchetino rested his captain Hugo Lloris along with Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen and fullback Ben Davies.

Kane broke the deadlock 15 minutes after the interval when his lef- footed effort from close range found the back of the net.

Two minutes later, the Spurs Talisman converted a similar chance moments later after some woeful defending by the Wimbledon backline when he swept home another left-footed strike found the bottom right corner before Vertonghen smashed home the third goal 20 minutes from time to seal their passage into the fourth round.

Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham United

The League One side Shrewsbury earned themselves an replay in their FA cup third round tie against Premier league outfit West Ham United on Sunday afternoon at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart returned to the starting eleven as captain as he took on his boyhood club where his footballing career started.

Hart made to fantastic saves from Shrewsbury defender Mat Sadler and midfield pivot Ben Godfrey both from close range.

The Hammers defence withstood a late onslaught from the home side as they were able to scupper the last attacking chance from Shrewsbury captain Abu Ogogo in stoppage time.

The London side were poor in the attacking third with as little as four touches in their opposition penalty area throughout the game.

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