Sheffield Wednesday 3 Arsenal 0
( Wallace 27, Joao 40, Hutchinson 51 )

Arsenal crashed out of the Captial One Cup with a 3-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Arsene Wenger made eight changes from the side which beat Everton at the weekend, but despite the experience of Petr Cech, Per Mertersacker, Mathieu Flamini, Mathieu Debuchy, Olivier Giroud, and Kieran Gibbs, Arsenal were well below par. The Gunners’ night went from bad to worse when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off with a hamstring injury with only five minutes played, and to be replaced by Theo Walcott who only lasted a few minutes himself having to come off with a calf injury of his own.

The majority of the record crowd of over 35,000 were sent home deliriously happy as Ross Wallace and Lucas Joao gave the Owls 2-0 lead at the beak, with Sam Hutchinson finishing off a set piece early in the second half to complete a memorable Wednesday win. Hutchinson however will consider himself fortunate to escape with just a yellow card after a two footed lunge at Alex Iwobi.

Iwobi was one of four Arsenal players making their first team debuts, alongside Glen Kamara, Ismael Bennacer and Krystian Bielik. When they needed the guidance of their experienced first team players, sadly they were found lacking, and that just summed up a night when Arsenal seemed uninterested and seemingly not wanting to be there. Joel Campbell can’t have had a better chance to stake a claim for regular football, but he too epitomised the poor showing with a woeful outing of his own.

Arsenal have two further away games to come, with the trip to Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday and followed by the crucial Champions League return to Bayern Munich next week. With injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and now to Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott, the timing couldn’t have been worse with Arsenal well placed in the Premier League and fighting for their Champions League life in Europe. Wenger has never won the League Cup, and having beaten Spurs so convincingly in the last round, will have to continue to wait after his side crashed out of this year’s tournament in Yorkshire.

” It was a very bad night for use lost two important players in the first part of the game. On top of that we were not at the level that is requested to play a team of the quality of Sheffield Wednesday tonight, and in the end we have to congratulate them. They were sharper, quicker, more decisive than us. We had a lot of the ball and we didn’t create anything,” said Wenger.

Of the young players making their first team debuts, Wenger conceded that the level was ” too high for them,” adding scathingly that ” they are not ready to play at this level, none of them. ”

Reflecting on the latest injuries to Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott, Wenger acknowledged, ” We are short now, we lose Chamberlain and Walcott today, and we already have a few injuries. It is a big blow for us today, of course to lose the game but even more for the other competitions which are very important for us, two players of that stature.”