Jamie O’Hara has heaped praise on Nottingham Forest after they knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup. The ex-Tottenham man was speaking on the TalkSPORT Breakfast Show earlier this morning and picked out Lewis Grabban.
Forest were brilliant against a hapless Gunners. Lewis Grabban scored the game’s only goal with seven minutes remaining and O’Hara has signalled out the talisman for praise too.
Steve Cooper’s men were far better than their Premier League opponents. It’s only the second time in 26 years that Arsenal have lost in the third round; with Forest knocking them out on the other occasion too.
The Reds put in a real shift against the Gunners. Next up for them is Leicester City, with the holders due to face Forest at the City Ground.
O’Hara was impressed with Forest and reserved special praise for Grabban.
He told the TalkSPORT Breakfast Show (10/01; 08:15): “I fancied Nottingham Forest. They’ve got a new manager there and he’s gone in and they’re doing well. I’ve played at Forest and it’s a tough place to go; we rarely used to get anything there.
“There was a real arrogance about Arsenal. They thought they’d rock up and turn over a Championship side. Nuno Tavares’ attitude suggested the preparation for this game was poor. He was shocking.
“Grabban isn’t the easiest on the eye but he just knows what it takes to get goals.”
Quality: Forest have to give Grabban a new deal
Despite constant criticism from certain sections of the fan base, Grabban continues to prove them wrong. He was excellent from the bench against Arsenal and clearly enjoyed his goal.
Grabban now has 11 goals for the 2021/22 campaign. He needs one more to double his tally of six for the entire 2020/21 campaign and is mightily important.
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The 34-year-old is a proven Championship striker. Although he’s approaching the twilight of his career, Forest have to consider giving him a new deal.
Grabban’s contract is up in the summer and the fact he keeps scoring is making things difficult for the club.
On current form, the decision should be a no-brainer…