Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal has admitted that he was pleased to see Arsenal without a number of their key players this past Tuesday night, and believes things were made far easier by the injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, as reported by the Sheffield Telegraph.
We put in one of our worst performances in a long time against the Owls, and despite the inexperienced team full of youngsters and fringe players Arsene Wenger put out, there really was no excuse for our display.
Although we didn’t look to be anywhere near our best right from the off, the early injuries played a massive part – a fact Carvalhal recognised.
“If the players, Chamberlain and Walcott, stay on then, of course, Arsenal would have been stronger,” he said.
“But at that moment we had blocked how Arsenal like to play. We might not have won three zero but we had other chances to win.
“I’d be lying if I said I was not pleased to see some of their players out but we had some out also.”
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Wenger named a hugely changed side from the one that beat Everton over the weekend, and it certainly showed. There were a number of teenage debutantes, and players like Mathieu Flamini and Mathieu Debuchy were given a a chance to show they deserved more regular first team football.
Nobody covered themselves in glory though, and if anything a number of players pushed themselves further out of contention for a starting spot.
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The injuries are certainly a blow, but hopefully neither player will be out of action for too long.