Shambolic. Atrocious. Woeful. Dire

Just some of the words that can be thrown around regarding our defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest.

The worst thing about this result though?

It wasn’t the fact that Forest are currently languishing in midtable in the Championship.

It was the fact that they entirely deserved to win.

This was the first time that Arsene Wenger had been defeated in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Quite the record, but this is now the third time in recent seasons we have seen Wenger slip below the required standard in tangible form.

Last season was the first time we had finished outside the Top4 under Wenger. It was also the first time that tottenham had finished above us. The purest evidence that Wenger needs to abdicate as soon as possible, before the very rats that we need and are partly responsible for our malaise jump this sinking ship.

Where does this result leave us? Well, the Cup which we all adore is now gone, and it is another opportunity for silverware gone. We have the League Cup semi-final to look forward to, but with a two-legged semi against Chelsea and a probable final against City in the way before we could even think of lifting the trophy, the odds on this are stacked against us.

Then we have the Europa League, and with some real giants of the game left in the draw, we are not exactly well placed to make a stab at this trophy either.

Then we have the Premier League, and we’re getting cut adrift from the top four placings, which leaves us with the very real proposition of another season sans Champions League.

Back to this travesty of a Cup game, and Forest had a young side with several Academy graduates, but they were full of running and endeavour, never letting our makeshift backline have a moments rest. Ben Brereton showed our supposedly accomplished forwards how to work an attack and optimise any chances that comes their way.

Our midfield let the home side run the show, Mohamed Elneny should be ashamed of himself after being unable to assert himself against Forest.

Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi, Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker and Reiss Nelson were shadows of what we should expect from these men.

Rob Holding in particular was given a football lesson, and at times it was uncomfortable to watch. Now is the time for him to go on loan, for on this and recent displays, Calum Chambers is the better choice for backup right now.

Eric Lichaj scored two goals, and this man is an Aston Villa reject who gave everything to the cause. His volley was a class goal and we could have done with some of his heart.

Let us face the facts though. Despite Welbecks and Mertesackers goals, we never looked in this game. We never looked up for it either.

Our lineup was lambasted by experts, but it is one that was good enough to compete in the Europa League. It was good enough to get to the latter stages of this very cup last year.

The team should hang their heads, as they are all former, current or Under-20 and 21 internationals. If they had put in all the effort they had, which should be a prerequisite for every time they set foot on a pitch - then they would and should have won the game.

They have the required talent to beat Forest. They clearly failed, so we have to ask why?

The first reason is of course Arsene Wenger. The players didn’t look pumped for this, so Wenger failed to motivate his charges. Something he’s been guilty of before.

Then, the players covered themselves in shame as they lost every battle on the pitch.

When the lineup was named, no one would have looked at it and thought it wasn’t strong enough to win this match.

The inquest on social media will be brutal, but there will be no decisions made at the top. We are in the transfer window and recruitment will be at a minimum despite this result showing that our fringe players - men we need to be able to rotate effectively - are not up to task and let us down.

We need fresh blood at squad level and at managerial level.

Forest played us off the park and deserve every plaudit that comes to them. We also deserve everything that comes to us.