“We needed a lot more … I’m really disappointed with the performance”: Mikel Arteta questions the “hunger” and “conduct” of his Arsenal players after Gunners withdraw from FA Cup with a 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest
Mikel Arteta has accused his Arsenal players of starving after their FA Cup exit at Nottingham Forest.
Arsenal lost 1-0 to the Championship club with Forest club captain Lewis Grabban scoring the winner with seven minutes left.
Embarrassingly, Arsenal failed to shoot on target all night and Arteta couldn’t hide his frustration afterward.
Mikel Arteta made a frustrated figure as Arsenal lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup
The Spaniard said: “We needed more motivation and hunger to win at all costs. We needed a lot more.
“I am really disappointed with the performance.
“Not with the attitude, but with what purpose we have and what determination we have shown to change the game when it’s difficult.
“It’s frustrating but it happened and we have to analyze why.
The Spaniard questioned his players’ desire and hunger in the City Ground loss
“I’ve been playing games like this for 18 years and it’s no surprise how hard you are going to run into.
“It really hurts now.
“It’s a competition that is rooted in our history and to come out of it today is a great pain.
“We didn’t have enough incisor, determination and determination to move the ball with sufficient quality.
Arsenal were largely disappointing and failed to register a single shot on goal in 90 minutes
“And when we had the chance, we didn’t hit the target. “
Arteta made changes to his usual squad but always fielded a squad full of internationals and young promises.
But Forest was so superior at the start that Arteta opted to remove young left-back Nuno Tavares after half an hour.
The 21-year-old Portuguese responded by throwing his gloves to the ground near the unearthed.
Forest substitute Lewis Grabban (left) broke the deadlock by scoring the game’s only goal in the 82nd minute
Forest’s reward for knocking out Arsenal is a home game against FA Cup holders Leicester
Arteta then said: “I just did it to try to win.
“I have to make the decision to try to improve the performance of the team when I see that it is not going in another direction.
“I don’t want to talk about individuals. “
Forestry director Steve Cooper didn’t join the club until September, but has already moved them to the top of the table. His reward for the win is a home draw against East Midlands rivals Leicester next month.
Forestry Director Steve Cooper felt his team were comfortable throughout the game
Cooper admitted his team were comfortable with the victory.
He said: “If someone said we were scoring a goal, missing a good chance and maybe getting a penalty, and they didn’t have a shot on goal, I think we would have taken it.
“Yes, I felt comfortable. Someone told me it must have been eight long minutes after we scored. But I had more than eight minutes.
‘I don’t mean any disrespect by that. The players were really engaged with what it took to win. I didn’t feel threatened at all.