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Arsenal dumped out of FA Cup, Leeds shocked

AFP  |  London 

holders Arsenal were sensationally dumped out of the competition by Forest, joining United as big-name casualties on a day of shocks.

Elsewhere, West Ham stayed alive with a goalless draw at Shrewsbury and scored three goals in eight second- half minutes to see off the challenge of League One side AFC

Championship side Forest revived memories of their glory years under Brian Clough, putting 13-times winners Arsenal to the sword in an incident-packed 4-2 win at the City Ground.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who made nine changes to the side that drew with Chelsea in the League in midweek, defended his team selection for the third-round tie.

"We have many players on the edge and we play again on Wednesday," he said. "When you don't win the selection is always questioned.

"I believe we had an experienced team -- eight or nine internationals. It would be easy to think that was the problem.

"When you're against a team like that they're very difficult to beat. Defensively you cannot afford the mistakes we made."

US international opened the scoring for the home side with a header midway through the first half but Per Mertesacker equalised for the away team just three minutes later.

However, Forest continued to probe an inexperienced Arsenal line-up and got their reward just before half-time when Lichaj volleyed in spectacularly from the edge of the box.

Wenger, serving a touchline ban, was forced to watch powerless from the stands as conceded a penalty that teenager converted in the 64th minute to stretch the home side's lead to 3-1.

gave Arsenal hope with just over 10 minutes to go but netted from the penalty spot again to seal victory for the second-tier side over the League visitors.

In a breathless final few minutes Forest's was sent off but it was too late for Arsenal to take advantage.

Forest's Gary Brazil said the result was something the former European champions could build on.

"This football club should be playing against the Arsenals of this world, and they should be beating them," he added.

"These fans deserve to be watching League teams and that's what we've got to drive towards."

- shock -


In the early kick-off, on-loan Shawn headed in a dramatic 89th-minute winner for Welsh club County to seal a 2-1 victory against 1972 Cup winners

had taken an early lead at Rodney Parade when Gaetano Berardi's deflected long-range shot found the net.

But Newport, currently 11th in League Two -- the fourth tier of the English game -- levelled 14 minutes from time when defender sliced into his own net.

Infused with fresh belief in front of a passionate Welsh crowd, pressed for a winner, and with a minute to go on-loan substitute rose highest at a corner to head in the decisive goal and send the stadium into raptures.

"This is much better beating Championship teams like Leeds," said "I don't want to be winning relegation battles, I want to be winning ties and climbing the table."

- Hart saves -


West Ham had to thank for keeping them in the Cup with a 0-0 draw after an uninspired performance against of the third tier.

The England goalkeeper, returning to the club where he started his career, made a fine save from with about 10 minutes to go until the interval and repeated the trick against

"The players are a little bit deflated almost," said

"But we have a replay to look to," he added. "We know it will be tough. They will be at home, more comfortable in their own stadium."

At Wembley, broke the deadlock against AFC with just under half an hour to go before Kane again and made it 3-0 to put the game beyond the reach of the visitors.

On Saturday, League Two sent League side crashing out, prompting the sacking of Mark Hughes.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 09:30 IST