The phrase ‘magic of the FA Cup’ is used for nights like these. English second division team Nottingham Forest stunned Arsenal 4-2 at their home ground to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup, and condemn Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger and his team to their first ever third round exit since he took over as manager in 1996.
It was Forest defender Eric Lichaj who gave the home side the lead in the first half after a cleverly worked free-kick, but Arsenal equalized almost immediately after conceding through another set piece – captain Per Mertesacker putting the ball in the back of the net.
Lichaj wasn’t done yet. He scored the best goal of the match to give Forest the lead again – a controlled volley that nestled in the top corner giving Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina no chance of saving it. The home side made it 3-1 through a penalty a few minutes later, and even though Danny Welbeck pulled a goal back for the gunners, the result was beyond doubt when Forest scored through another penalty late in the game to seal a historic victory for the Championship side.
Watch all the goals and highlights from the epic 3rd round encounter below!