8 Jan 2018

Forest upset Arsenal

7:26 am on 8 January 2018

FA Cup holders Arsenal were stunned 4-2 by second-tier Nottingham Forest in the third round.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Eric Lichaj scored twice for the hosts either side of a Per Mertesacker equaliser to give Forest a 2-1 halftime lead.

Ben Brereton, one of seven players aged 23 or under in the Forest side, made it 3-1 from the penalty spot in the 64th minute.

Danny Welbeck took advantage of an error to pull a goal back for Arsenal with 12 minutes left but Forest were awarded another penalty which Kieran Dowell converted.

It is the first time Arsenal have lost in the third round since 1996 and the first time since Arsene Wenger took over.

Meanwhil fourth-tier Newport County stunned former winners Leeds United with a last-gasp 2-1 victory to spark a joyous pitch invasion at their Rodney Parade ground.

The Welsh club seemed to have earned themselves a well-deserved replay as the clock ticked into the 90th minute but substitute Shawn McCoulsky's header sparked wild celebrations.

Leeds, sixth in the second tier Championship and 53 places higher up the ladder, went ahead through Gaetano Berardi's ninth-minute strike and appeared to be heading through until Conor Shaughnessy's own goal 15 minutes from fulltime.

After McCoulsky's headed winner, Leeds's day went from bad to worse as they had Samuel Saiz sent off in stoppage time.