Eric Lichaj

Eric Lichaj is the talk of social media after worldie seals brace vs Arsenal

Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj has gone viral on social media this evening, after netting an incredible volley to put his side 2-1 up versus Arsenal.

Matchup

The two sides are currently locked in action at the City ground, with visitors Arsenal coming into proceedings on the back of a 9-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

Forest, meanwhile, had not managed a win from any of their last 5 outings, with their last result a 0-0 stalemate with Leeds United this past Monday.

Teams

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger opted for a heavily-weakened side, suggesting that his priorities do not lie with the FA Cup this season:

None of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Alexandre Lacazette or a number of other first-team regulars were even included in Arsenal’s squad:

Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, opted for the following, with former Arsenal full-back Armand Traore included from the start:

2-1

Despite their heavily altered starting lineup, the visitors were still viewed as clear favourites coming into today’s clash, with the experience of the likes of Per Mertesacker, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck expected to prove telling.

As such, it came as a surprise when it was the hosts who took the lead with 20 minutes on the clock, as right-back Eric Lichaj got on the end of a devilish whipped free-kick from Kieran Dowell to nod past the helpless David Ospina.

However, order was soon restored, with Per Mertesacker eventually providing the crucial touch following a goalmouth scramble in the Forest box.

The home side continued to look dangerous, though, and were rewarded for their endeavours on the stroke of half-time, when defender Lichaj sealed his brace in sensational fashion.

Standing just outside the Arsenal box, the American stopper calmly took the ball down on his chest with his first-touch, before unleashing a gorgeous dipping volley into the far-top corner of the visitors’ goal.

Reaction

The fact that Lichaj is a full-back made the strike even more special, with some of the best social media reaction below: