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FA CUP: Arsenal and Newcastle suffer embarrassing defeats in 3rd round

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Kieran Trippier's Newcastle debut did not go as planned as the Magpies lost 1-0 to League One side Cambridge United. It was the boyhood Newcastle supporter Joe Ironside who scored the winning goal that dumped Newcastle out of the FA Cup.

Kieran Trippier made his Newcastle debut days after arriving from Atletico Madrid as Eddie Howe named a strong starting lineup. Newcastle had two goals rightly ruled out for offside while Cambridge also had on chalked off.

Cambridge's striker Ironside profited from some shambolic Newcastle defending as he put his side ahead in front of 50000 fans at St James' Park.

Newcastle had 23 shots on Cambridge's goal but couldn't find the net as the League One side's goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov was in inspired form.

The loss now means that Newcastle have only won just once this season in all competitions. Club legend Alan Shearer was understandably unhappy with his club's performance slamming it as pathetic. Speaking during the BBC coverage he said " "I hope the players that were out on the pitch went and apologised and thanked those fans for their support.

"There were 52,000 there today for an FA Cup third-round game. Cambridge deserved it. They were superb. Congratulations to them. But I hope they went and thanked them because they deserve more than the rubbish that was served up today."

There was further bad news for Newcastle supporters as striker Callum Wilson will be out for 8 weeks because of a calf injury.

In form Arsenal too suffered a shock defeat to Championship side, Nottingham Forest. Lewis Grabban scored the winning goal for Forest in the 2nd half in front of a boisterous crowd at the City Ground.

Arteta named a much-changed side with Arsenal ravaged by COVID and injuries. Exciting young midfielder Charlie Patino was handed his first-team debut and other academy stars Omari Hutchinson, Salah Oulad M’Hand and Mika Biereth were named on the substitutes bench.

Arsenal were in all whites in support of the 'No More Red' anti-knife crime campaign. Arsenal had good possession but Forest were fantastic on the counter as they forced Bernd Leno into two very good saves.

The killer punch came in the 83rd minute when Lewis Grabban got to the end of a beautiful cross from Ryan Yates to put Forest ahead.

"I don't want to use excuses, I expect the team I put out to do better and when you don't in the cup you are out," said a despondent Arteta, who now only has the Premier League to focus on.

"Today showed we were not capable of winning against Forest away from home and didn't put in the level to win the game," he told ITV. "It's a collective issue and today we have not done it."

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