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Holders Arsenal exit FA Cup after a weekend of surprises

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Several top teams struggled in this weekend’s FA Cup Third round, slipping up against teams lower down the football ladder.

FA Cup holders Arsenal were knocked out of the competition with a 4-2 away defeat to Nottingham Forest, the first time The Gunners have been eliminated in the third round under the reign of Arsene Wenger.

The shock result was the first time Arsenal have conceded four goals against lower opposition in an FA Cup tie since 1908 and is only the second FA Cup game they have lost in five years.

League Two Coventry City claimed a surprise victory against Stoke, beating the Premier League side 2-1. Stoke’s exit from the competition, coupled with a poor run of form that has left The Potters in the relegation zone, saw manager Mark Hughes sacked of his duties after the game.

Former Premier League champions Leeds United were unstuck by League Two side Newport County after two late goals saw the Welsh side progress to the Fourth Round.

Furthermore, five Premier League teams will have to play a replay to decide if they remain in the competition.

Leicester City played out a 0-0 draw against Fleetwood Town, as Jamie Vardy returned to his former club. Wolves held out for a draw against Swansea, with Norwich City’s game against Chelsea ending goalless.  

Two second-half goals, which included an injury-time equaliser from Steve Cooke, saw Bournemouth force a replay against League One side and 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic.

League One side MK Dons grabbed a 1-0 away win against Championship squad Queens Park Rangers, with Peterborough United scoring three goals in the last fifteen minutes to beat Aston Villa.

Elsewhere, Liverpool knocked out Merseyside rivals Everton, while Manchester United and Tottenham secured their place in the Fourth Round with home victories against Derby and AFC Wimbledon. 

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