Mikel Arteta Demands Arsenal Flops Apologise After Shock FA Cup Elimination

Mikel Arteta Demands Arsenal Flops Apologise After Shock FA Cup Elimination

Fred Kennedy
  • Arsenal's FA Cup campaign was brought to a halt in the hands of Nottingham Forest
  • The Championship side stunned the Gunners 1-0 to progress to the next round at their expense
  • Arsenal will now shift focus to their upcoming EFL Cup semi-final meeting against Liverpool

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has demanded his charges apologise to fans following the Gunners' shock FA Cup elimination.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. Photo: Getty Images.
Mikel Arteta was less impressed with Arsenal's performance against Nottingham Forest. Photo: Getty Images.
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The north Londoners were bundled out of the competition following their 1-0 loss to lowly-ranked Nottingham Forest at City Ground on Sunday, January 9.

The Premier League giants were far from their best as they were unable to control Forests' dominance through the match.

The hosts' efforts were rewarded with seven minutes left on the clock when Lewis Grabban came off the bench to net the winner as Arsenal were sent packing.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Arteta noted there is every need for his players to apologise to supporters for their lacklustre performance.

"We were not good enough and we have to apologise for it," the Spaniard said as quoted by Metro UK.
"I don’t want to use excuses, I expect the team I put out to do better and when you don’t in the cup you are out," he added.

Arsenal will now shift their focus to their upcoming first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final tie against Liverpool on Thursday, January 13.

The competition represent Arsenal's only chance to win silverware this season as they are already out of the EPL title race and are not competing in Europe.

FA Cup fourth-round draw in full

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Chelsea, Liverpool, and Man City have all landed relatively easier opponents following the FA Cup fourth-round draw conducted on Sunday, January 9.

The three clubs have a chance of progressing further in the competition after they were paired with lower-tier sides.

The Blues are billed to take on Plymouth at Stamford Bridge as City entertain Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.

Fixtures of the fourth round of the competition is due to be played between Friday, February 4, and Monday, February 7.