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Nuno Tavares Is Totally Scary As Bernd Leno Promptly Reminds Mikel Arteta Of His Class

ARSENAL saw their FA Cup dreams KO by Nottingham Forest for the second time in four years in a 0-1 loss at the City Ground.

But how did the Gunners players perform on a difficult Sunday evening in the Midlands.

Bernd Leno reminds Mikel Arteta of his class with a string of brilliant saves against Nottingham Forest

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Bernd Leno reminds Mikel Arteta of his class with a string of brilliant saves against Nottingham ForestCredit: Reuters
Nuno Tavares spent 34 minutes in horror before being dragged off the field by Mikel Arteta

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Nuno Tavares spent 34 minutes in horror before being dragged off the field by Mikel ArtetaCredit: Reuters

This is how SunSport evaluates Arsenal player …

Bernd Leno – 8

A spectator for the first 45 minutes, with his biggest worry being a strong and loose back pass from Nuno Tavares.

A brilliant save early in the second half kept the score 0-0 with Forest’s own goal – and after a quiet first half he could be forgiven for the shutdown, but always be on the lookout.

A brilliant save from James Garner’s beautiful free-kick into the top corner and clearly Arsenal’s best player.

Nothing more could be done about Forest’s winner with Lewis Grabban’s too good serve.

Cedric Soares – 4

See little action early on as Forest targets Tavares on the flanks.

Sometimes he lost the ball and it was understandable that Takehiro Tomiyasu stayed away from his teammates when he was fit.

Was replaced by Sead Kolasinac.

Ben White – 5

Have fun taking the ball into the Forest half and look comfortable on the ball.

Rarely had difficulty in defense.

Rob Holding – 4

Hit the corner with his long-range effort in the first half and the waste in possession almost every time he ventured into the opponent’s half.

Nuno Tavares – 2

Horrible night for left-back.

Lazy possession, terrible distribution and too easy to beat in defence.

Subdued after just 34 minutes – and rightfully so – with his brief run shown by a terrifying early reverse pass to Leno.

Lovely throws gloves on the ground out of anger when he was replaced by Kieran Tierney.

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Albert Sambi Lokonga – 4

The decisive shot went wide in the first half and looked comfortable on the ball as Arsenal often failed to operate from wide positions.

Losing the ball in his half as Forest scored after less than ten minutes of play.

With Granit Xhaka on the move again and Thomas Partey at Afcon, Mikel Arteta may have to rush into the transfer market to find a new central midfielder or two.

Charlie Patino – 5

Virtually unknown in the first half with attacks on the flanks as he drifted to the left to join in.

Saw an ambitious and powerful effort that was thwarted by a corner in the second half before he was replaced by Alexandre Lacazette.

Clearly talented, but had little chance to make an impact and didn’t seem ready for the first-team minutes.

Bukayo Saka – 7

Very little skill appeared in the first 45 minutes but Arsenal seemed to dominate the left wing very early.

Eddie Nketiah’s superb cross should have led to the goal, only for the striker to nod.

Another teasing move was completely cleared by Alexandre Lacazette when his attempt failed.

Martin Odegaard – 5

He was frequently caught drifting too deep or too wide to the right from position 10, leaving Eddie Nketiah isolated at times.

Great touches and always looking for an attacking pass but couldn’t create any real chances in the first half.

Gabriel Martinelli – 5

While Arsenal had few precious opportunities in the first half, Martinelli was always dangerous with speed, direct runs and skillful technique.

Finally booked after a terrible plunge from behind and lacked any final product.

Eddie Nketiah – 5

Quick feet and very good effort in the first half, but with Arsenal focused on width and Odegaard far ahead of him, he was often left out.

Saka headed in from a great Saka cross that was narrowly on target and hit the shot from a tight angle.

It should be consistent with practice, but the signs are promising.

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Kieran Tierney 6 (for Nuno Tavares, 34 min) – Instant upgrade for Tavares after his much-needed referral but failed to elicit a response from his team.

Alexandre Lacazette 4 (for Charlie Patino, 69 minutes) – Tried to boost a faltering but lackluster striker after completely missing a slot from Saka from 5m.

Sead Kolasinac N / A (to Cedric Soares, 90 minutes) – The left-back was strangely brought on as Arsenal were chasing a goal.

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