Arsenal suffered a 3-0 mauling at the hands of Championship Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup fourth round on Tuesday night.
The Gunners were handed an early injury blow on four minutes, when Arsenal was forced to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Theo Walcott. Walcott’s night did not last long though, as he hobbled off on 18 minutes and was replaced by youngster Ismael Bennacer, who was making his Gunners debut. The game was slow to get going and there was little in the way of sparkling play.
The home side took the lead on 28 minutes with virtually the first attempt on goal. Barry Bannan found Daniel Pudil who cut the ball back to Ross Wallace, and the Scottish international curled a superb effort past Petr Cech from just inside the penalty area.
Wallace came close to doubling his goal tally on 33 minutes. The midfielder lifted a free-kick over the wall which went just past Cech’s post. Arsenal’s first attempt of the game came on 37 minutes, as Alex Iwobi hit the side-netting.
The Owls doubled their lead on 40 minutes. Wallace’s cross was headed home by Joao, after he had lost Calum Chambers.
Wednesday made it three on 52 minutes. Kieran Lee volleyed the ball across the goal and Sam Hutchinson bundles the ball into the back of the net. Three minutes later and Joao missed the target with a fantastic opportunity to make it four.
The Gunners came close to reducing the deficit on 70 minutes. Mathieu Flamini floated a ball to the back post and Per Mertesacker directed a header on goal, only for Joe Wildsmith in the Owls goal to produce a one-handed save to deny the German.
The Gunners struggled to get back in the game in the second period. The home side were quite happy to sit on their hefty lead and just play out the rest of the game. However on 84 minutes the Owls did come forward. Substitute Lewis McGugan curled a right footed effort past Petr Cech’s far post.
Arsenal came forward on 88 minutes, as Giroud looked for a way to goal, but was denied by a good tackle by centre-back Glenn Loovens. Arsenal youngster Iwobi was out through on-goal in stoppage-time, but Lee got back make a saving tackle.
In the end it was a terrible night for the Gunners. The Capital One Cup exit may not be as important as the injuries picked-up by Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Gunners will now be sweating on the pair’s availability for this weekend’s game at Swansea.
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