Mikel Arteta questions Arsenal players’ desire after shock FA Cup exit

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has accused his players of a lack of “hunger” after they were dumped out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle by Nottingham Forest.

A second-half goal from Forest substitute Lewis Grabban condemned the Gunners to a 1-0 defeat and their first third-round exit since 2017/18, when they were knocked out by the same side.

Arsenal were poor throughout the game with left-back Nuno Tavares being dragged off before the break after making a string of mistakes.

Reflecting on his side’s struggles after the game, Arteta admitted that the Gunners were nowhere near good enough.

“We needed more drive, more hunger to win at any cost in every single action, much more. We were not at our level,” he said.

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