It was not a good night for the Gunners, not only did we get slaughtered by by Championship side Sheffiel Wednesday, but we also lost two more first team players to injury in the first 20 minutes. As Wenger said: “Walcott is a calf and Oxlade-Chamberlain is a hamstring.”
So now our injury troubles have come back to haunt us, and Le Prof has said that we can only wait to see how bad the damage is to Theo and Alex. “The injuries are two muscular injuries and the injury damage I do not know. You have to wait 48 hours for the scans to see how big the damage is.
“It was a bad night at the office, we lost two players and after that we were not good enough, but on top of that you have to congratulate Sheffield Wednesday. They put in a great performance, very resoloute, very dynamic and so they deserve their win tonight.”
Wenger picked a motley crew of experiene and youth, but Wenger is now rueing that he used some of his first team squad. “I have to manage the workload of the players and at the end of the day I still think I brought too many experienced players here. We lost two players. Once I lost two players, I had Gabriel and Monreal and I did not bring them on as we could not afford to lose any more players.”
“I’m concerned because our next game is a big game on Saturday, we have the Champions League against Bayern Munich coming up. Already we are now short. To lose two players tonight, two offensive players, is damaging for us.”
It is never an easy game against a Championship side, especially away at a team that was unbeaten in the eight previous matches, so in hindsight it would have better if we just used it as a training lesson for our youngsters, but now all we can do and wait and see how weakened we are for Saturday’s game against Swansea….