Mikel Arteta questions ‘hunger’ of Arsenal squad after Nottingham Forest defeat

Mikel Arteta was angry with his side’s mentality (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has questioned the hunger and attitude of his players following the side’s FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest.

The Gunners were knocked out at the third round stage by Forest, who are ninth in the Championship.

Arsenal failed to register a single shot on target at the Forest Ground, with the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Charlie Patino failing to take their chance.

And Arteta accused his changed Arsenal side of lacking the required hunger to fight against a lower-league side.

Arteta speaking to Bukayo Saka during the defeat (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

‘We needed more drive and hunger to win at any cost. We needed much more,’ said Arteta.

‘I am really disappointed with the performance.

‘Not with the attitude, but how much purpose we have and what determination we showed to change the game when it’s difficult.

‘It is frustrating but it happened and we have to analyse why

I have been playing games like this one for 18 years and it is no surprise the difficulties you are going to face.

‘It is really hurting now. It is a competition that is embedded in our history and to get out of it today is a big pain.

‘We didn’t have enough incisiveness and determination and purpose to move the ball with enough quality.

‘And when we had the chances we didn’t hit the target.’

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