Arsenal fans destroy two players after 4-2 defeat vs Nottingham Forest in FA Cup

Arsenal may have just signed 20-year-old centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos, but the club’s fans can probably expect another quiet January transfer window.

Despite the fact his team are currently sixth in the Premier League and struggling to challenge for the top four, Arsene Wenger recently insisted there won’t be much change.

“You do not imagine that we will change 10 players in January,” said Wenger in December. “It’s 90 per cent that it’s the same squad.

“If we can find some additions to strengthen our squad we will do it. But we have a big squad, I think we have players of quality.

“We need just to stick together and fight as we can until the end of the season. I believe that we have to be faithful to the players we have at the moment.”

There’s a sense that Wenger might have just changed his mind about the futures of some of his players following Sunday’s defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

The Frenchman demonstrated the ‘strength in depth’ he has at Arsenal by bringing in 11 new players from the Chelsea draw in midweek.

Here’s how the Gunners lined up:

David Opsina; Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Rob Holding; Reiss Nelson, Chris Willock, Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck.

Not the worst XI, yet Arsenal – the holders of the FA Cup – slumped to an embarrassing 4-2 defeat at City Stadium in what was a woeful performance.

Two goals from right-back Eric Lichaj and penalties from Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell saw Forest record a famous victory to progress into the fourth round of the competition.

Arsenal fans were understandably livid with what they saw and focused their anger on two players in particular: Iwobi and Elneny.

For two players who regularly play in Arsenal’s first team, they were both absolutely dreadful against Forest and had very little influence on the game.

And Arsenal fans want them gone – preferably in January.


Iwobi and Elneny weren’t the only poor performers for Arsenal, of course.

Holding had a nightmare at centre-back alongside Mertesacker and clumsily gave away the penalty that led to Forest’s third goal.

Walcott was also terrible for the Gunners and showed a complete lack of confidence by not trying to take on defenders when he received the ball.

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