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Mertesacker blast team mate after FA Cup loss

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker blasted his teammates after

Sunday’s 4-2 FA Cup loss at Nottingham Forest, saying not one

of them justified their selection for the game.

Mertesacker himself scored Arsenal’s first goal to level it 1-1 in

the first half, but the German struggled badly to cope with the

pace of Forest’s teenage striker Ben Brereton throughout the

match. And the defender, who gave the ball away in the lead-up

to Forest’s fourth goal, criticised the entire team after the match.

“The manager made a lot of changes, gave a lot of trust to

players who haven’t played a lot recently and I don’t think

anybody justified their selection today,” Mertesacker told the

Arsenal website in a frank assessment. “That sums it up I think.”

Wenger rested most of his regular Premier League starters for

this game, with Mertesacker playing alongside Rob Holding,

Mathieu Debuchy and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in a back four that

couldn’t contain Forest’s attack.

Mertesacker is retiring at the end of the season, meaning this

was the last appearance for him in a competition he has helped

Arsenal win three times over the past four years — including a

star performance in last season’s final against Chelsea.

It also remains to be seen whether players like Debuchy and

Theo Walcott will remain at Arsenal after this month’s transfer

window — with the lack of more FA Cup matches possibly

increasing the chances of them moving elsewhere.

“It’s difficult to take because for those players who played today,

that was probably a last chance to show up and show the

manager that they’re ready to play more games. It’s not the case

anymore,” Mertesacker said.

Arsenal are already out of the Premier League title race but still

have two trophies to play for, in the Carabao Cup and Europa

League.

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