Arsenal deservedly sent crashing out of the Capital One Cup by Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday beat Arsenal 3-0 in the Capital One Cup at Hillsborough tonight.
Not only were the Gunners woeful and comprehensively outplayed by their Championship opponents, but picked up worrying injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.
Arsene Wenger made nine changes to the Arsenal side that started the Premier League win over Everton on Saturday.
Only Petr Cech and Olivier Giroud retained their places, with debuts given to Glen Kamara and Alex Iwobi.
Theo Walcott replaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after only two minutes – before Walcott himself was subbed on 19 minutes – with 18-year-old Ismael Bennacer coming on to make his debut.
Sheffield Wednesday took the lead on 28 minutes following a driving run down the left flank by Daniel Pudil, who played the ball across to Ross Wallace whose low shot beat Petr Cech’s and found the right hand corner of the net.
Arsenal offered little threat in attack, with Alex Iwobi firing off a low shot that went the wrong side of Joe Wildsmith’s near post in one of their rare threatening moments.
The Owls doubled their lead from a corner. The ball was played back to Wallace who crossed into the penalty where Lucas Joao easily out-jumped the Arsenal defenders to head home to make it 2-0.
Both goals were well worked by Sheffield Wednesday, but Arsenal’s defending for each was woeful.
Sheffield Wednesday sealed a famous and deserved win when Sam Hutchinson found himself in space in front of Cech and calmly slotted home on 48 minutes to make it 3-0 following a cross from Tom Lees.
Moments later it could have been four after a Barry Bannan cross saw Joao head just over the crossbar with Cech beaten and again left exposed by his defenders.
On 56 minutes 17-year-old Krystian Bielik came on for his Gunners debut in place of Kamara.
Arsenal enjoyed more possession in the final quarter of the match, but never seriously threatened to mount a comeback.
On 65 minutes Per Mertesacker had a header tipped over the bar by Wildsmith, and Joel Campbell dragged an effort wide of the goal late on.
The 4,000 travelling Arsenal fans provided magnificent support all evening, but it is Sheffield Wednesday who deservedly take their place in the next round of the competition.
Arsene Wenger faces an anxious wait to find out the extent of the injuries to Walcott and Chamberlain, with a Premier League fixture at Swansea at the weekend and then a trip Germany to take on Bayern Munich next week.
Arsenal: Cech 6, Debuchy 4, Mertesacker 5, Chambers 5, Gibbs 5, Flamini 5, Kamara 6 (Bielik), Campbell 5, Oxlade-Chamberlain 1 (Walcott, Bennacer), Iwobi 5, Giroud 4