A number of Nottingham Forest fans have been lamenting the performance by midfielder Harry Arter during their 2-0 defeat at Reading which saw their winless run stretch to five matches.
Chris Hughton’s side headed into the game under pressure to get back to winning ways and end a goal drought after not scoring in their last four fixtures in the Championship. However, there hopes of doing that were heavily impacted by Ryan Yates being shown a red card inside the 14th minute for a handball on the line after Brice Samba’s error. The hosts took the lead from the resulting spot-kick.
Against Reading the Republic of Ireland international was unable to really prevent the Royals from gaining a complete grip on the game after Forest went down to ten men. The 30-year-old struggled to affect the game in possession when he was able to get on the ball and it became difficult for Forest to create any real chances going forwards.
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Arter arrived in the summer from Fulham with expectations that he would be able to come in and improve the Reds’ midfield, but he has so far struggled to help Forest turn things around and this latest performance saw him brought off by Chris Hughton with half an hour remaining.
Some Forest fans were left questioning why he was signed in the summer, while others were just pointing out that he did not offer enough for the Reds in what was another difficult day for them.
Here then, we take a look at some of the best reactions to Arter’s display on social media…
Nobody can tell me we’ve progressed from Sabri there is only one way we going and that is down. There’s no passion no urgency no pace we are shocking. The players we’ve brought in are not good enough arter knockart colback are nowhere near the players they were. #NFFC
— Martin Lane (@red_dog9) December 5, 2020
I really thought Arter and Knockheart were good signings. What do I know? #nffc
— Johnny was a good man (@redkev75) December 5, 2020
Sow’s done more in a matter of seconds than Arter has the whole game. He’s a one man midfield at the minute. If only he wasn’t made of biscuits #nffc
— CB (@Chris78901) December 5, 2020
Not yet fully fit Colback > Arter, everyday of the week #nffc been gash for us
— Djs (@Dan78notts) December 5, 2020
Arter is rubbish! He’s 31 at the end of this month and the worst thing is he’s got a contract till June 2023 on massive wages no doubt. Whoever it is that dishes these contracts out needs sacking, it’s signings and contracts like that that will cripple #NFFC
— James birtles (@BirtlesJames) December 5, 2020
Glad Arter is off he shouldn’t play for us again. #nffc
— Pat O'Hara (@PatoharaPat) December 5, 2020
You can’t manage for the shambles that happened in goal…BUT…you have to manage the fact that game after game senior players like Lolley, Arter, Knockaert are just damn awful #NFFC
— Antony Dear (@AntDear2010) December 5, 2020