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Lichaj's spectacular volley gives Forest the lead

By Andrew Mullen | BBC Sport

Arsene Wenger suffered a first FA Cup third-round exit as managerless Championship side Nottingham Forest stunned holders Arsenal at the City Ground.

The hosts took the lead when Eric Lichaj headed in from close range, although the advantage lasted just three minutes as Per Mertesacker followed up after Rob Holding's header had struck the post.

Lichaj reclaimed the lead for a Forest side led by caretaker boss Gary Brazil, the American defender scoring a spectacular dipping volley from the edge of the area a minute before half-time.

Forest pulled further clear in the second half when Ben Brereton sent David Ospina the wrong way from the penalty spot after Holding upended Matty Cash.

Arsène Wenger has gone out of the FA Cup at the third round stage for the first time in his career

Danny Welbeck reduced the deficit for Wenger's much-changed Arsenal side after Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith failed to hold a through-ball.

Arsenal's first defeat in the third round since losing a replay to Sheffield United in January 1996 was confirmed courtesy of Kieran Dowell's 85th-minute penalty, before Joe Worrall was shown a straight red card for the home side in the closing stages following a late tackle.

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