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Sharper Forest dominated Arsenal – Wenger

Arsene Wenger bemoaned Arsenal's hectic schedule following the 4-2 FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Sharper Forest dominated Arsenal – Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded his side were dominated by Championship side Nottingham Forest in their 4-2 FA Cup defeat on Sunday.

Forest dealt Wenger his first third-round elimination, with Eric Lichaj scoring twice before penalties from Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell.

No comeback from Arsenal

Per Mertesacker had levelled matters at 1-1 and Danny Welbeck's 79th-minute effort to make it 3-2 failed to spark a comeback from the defending champions.

"I believe that overall we played against a Nottingham team who were very sharp, more dangerous than us and dominated us at the front," Wenger told BT Sport. "After that it became a difficult game.

"I think we were a bit unlucky as well but overall they were sharper than us, more incisive and more dominant in the challenges. We lost too many challenges to win a game like that."