Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal faced a trip to the City Ground on Sunday evening for a meeting with Nottingham Forest.
The clash is a 3rd round affair in the FA Cup, and was expected to prove a straightforward outing for the Gunners, especially as Arteta still fielded a fairly strong eleven.
Nottingham Forest are currently 9th in the Championship, but have lost their last two outings.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are flying high in the Premier League, seeing off most sides with relative ease, barring the ‘top-six’. Even so, the north Londoners still put on a credible display against Manchester City last time out and, if they performed anywhere close to that level vs Forest, a win did seem likely.
Nuno Tavares targeted
However, so far, Arsenal have been far from their best.
At the time of writing the score is deadlocked at 0-0, with Arsenal struggling to muster up any real chances.
One player, in particular, though, has stood out for their awful showing in the first half vs Nottingham Forest.
That player is Nuno Tavares, who Mikel Arteta had seemingly had enough of as well because he hooked him after 34 minutes despite the left-back not appearing to be injured.
As well as being hooked by Arteta, Tavares has also come in for heavy criticism online, with just some of the reaction shown below:
Tavares you’ve been terrible mate
— Archy (@Archyarchives) January 9, 2022
Tavares stinking up the joint differently
— Mustafa (@KaySiizzle) January 9, 2022
Nuno Tavares subbed off in the first half. Ruthless but that’s the right decision by Arteta. He was awful…
— AZGR (@by_am91) January 9, 2022
Nuno Tavares has been hooked off by Mikel Arteta after 34 mins. The guy has been disgustingly awful.
— In My Footballing Opinion (@AcretionDisc) January 9, 2022
Good Tavares was awful.
— Jabir (@Jabz892) January 9, 2022
Tavares deserves that.
He’s been awful.
— Iain (@muzzagooner) January 9, 2022
Tavares was awful
— 🔴⚪ (@LittleChili_) January 9, 2022
Tavares was really awful tbf
— Anes (@OzilTurn) January 9, 2022
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|5||West Ham United||20||10||34|
|9||Brighton & Hove Albion||19||0||27|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||16|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||10|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||9|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||8|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||8|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||8|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||8|
|Smith-Rowe, Emile||Arsenal FC||8|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||8|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||7|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester City||7|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion||7|
|Silva, Bernardo||Manchester City||7|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester City||6|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||6|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||6|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United||6|
|Cornet, Maxwel||Burnley FC||6|
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|Salisu, Mohammed||Southampton FC||0||6|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||6|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||6|
|Laporte, Aymeric||Manchester City||1||5|
|Neves, Ruben||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||6|
|Bissouma, Yves||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||6|
|Skipp, Oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||6|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||1||4|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||0||5|
|Silva, Bernardo||Manchester City||0||5|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||1||4|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester City||0||5|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||1||4|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa||0||5|
|Canos, Sergi||Brentford FC||0||5|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||5|
|Ritchie, Matt||Newcastle United||0||5|
|Westwood, Ashley||Burnley FC||0||5|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trent||Liverpool FC||9|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||8|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||7|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester City||7|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||7|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||5|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||5|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||5|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea FC||5|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester City||5|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||5|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||4|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester City||4|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||4|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||4|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||4|
|Redmond, Nathan||Southampton FC||4|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||3|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||3|