Arsenal’s defence of the FA Cup has ended in shocking fashion after being defeated 4-2 by Championship outfit Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Sunday.
The holders were soundly beaten in one of the weekend’s big cup upsets, leaving fans again fuming at Arsene Wenger and his under performing side.
It’s the first time since the Frenchman became manager of the Gunners that they have gone out at the third round stage, another sign that perhaps the best years of his reign are far behind him.
With the English Premier League title looking beyond them, it leaves the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League as the only opportunities for silverware this season.
Fans were disappointed with the performance and had sharp criticism for their defence, with centre-backs Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker failing to cope with the lower league side across the 90 minutes.
Holding hasn’t had many Premier League opportunities so far this season and based on this performance, it seems likely his appearances will be limited to secondary competitions going forward.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his performance…
— Ben Belfield (@BenBelfield) January 7, 2018
Glad we lost today, in a strange way. Showed us for the club we are, a total shambles ! Walcott, Holding, Iwobi were embarrassing. Thought AMN, Nelson and Debuchy and Ospina were good. Who the f**k is gonna buy Walcott after that display ?? #Shambles #AFC
— Paul Knill (@paulknill1) January 7, 2018
Rob Holding is not good enough. I've thought he was suspect for a while now and after another terrible performance a loan deal seems like the best option for him right now. At least he's still young. Should not be starting for Arsenal again this season. #arsenal #afc
— Dion Ware (@MentyAsher) January 7, 2018
Most disappointing thing was Holding started the game of well. Confidence dropped as the game went on and inevitably his performance. #AFC
— TheArseView (@TheArseView) January 7, 2018
At 38 I’d fancy myself to bag against Per and Holding!! #AFC
— Chris J aka C Tex (@DJ_CTex23) January 7, 2018
This season not focused on FA Cup. We the record holders- 3 times in last 4 years. Europa League much more important to win.
Holding absolutely terrible today- cost second goal with poor defensive header & gave away penalty for 3rd.
Semi final on Wednesday to focus on. #afc
— Sean (@seanekon) January 7, 2018
Chambers and Holding imo are not good enough. They keep doing basic defensive mistakes. After the mistakes they lose their cool and get into infinite loop of mistakes. #afc
— Ashay Varadkar (@Dream_Gooner) January 7, 2018
Iwobi & holding has disappointed me all season. It's like they taken a massive step back in terms of progress #AFC
— Stan Kroneke (@Stan_Kroneke) January 7, 2018
Holding and Mertesacker were absolutely dire. Awful Performance, Classic Arsenal though, It's truly a comedy. #AFC
— Finbar McMahon (@Finbar_McM) January 7, 2018
Defending is shocking, can't blame the ref for that, Holding needs to be binned, Walcott binned, Iwobi binned #afc
— Avenell Road N5 (@DonalGolden1) January 7, 2018