Sheff Weds v Arsenal Preview and CONFIRMED Gunners XI

Most Arsenal fans are looking at tonight’s League Cup game away at Sheff Weds to be a piece of cake, whichever team Arsene Wenger puts out, but I think everyone is going to be mildly surprised at the quality of our opponents. Wednesday are now on an 8 game unbeaten run, which is no mean feat in the Championship where everyone is a tough fight.

The Owls don’t really have a main goalscorer, but they have EIGHT different players that have already scored two or three times for the club, and it also worth noting that they have won their last seven home League Cup ties, and to be honest are in confident mood and really have nothing to lose tonight.

*************CONFIRMED ARSENAL STARTING XI*************
Cech, Debuchy, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Kamara, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Iwobi, Giroud

Arsene Wenger was impressed after watching Wednesday’s last game. “They are a team who have just won at Rotherham,” Le Prof said. “I watched the game and they have good, tall strikers.

“They have Barry Bannan who has played in the Premier League and they look to have a very compact team who are at a very good technical level.

“They have a strong team spirit so they will certainly work to create difficulties for us and I’m sure they have the quality to do that. We have to respond with a top-level performance.”

Wenger has already said that Joel Campbell will be playing in a team of reserves, but believes that the Gunners should still have the quality to get over this hurdle. He said: “It’s down to me to manage the workload of the players without diminishing the quality of the team,”

“I believe I’m lucky because I have quality players. Even the players who do not play are top internationals.

“I’m a bit unlucky because we are two or three short at the moment [because of injuries]. But that gives me a good opportunity to give some games to the players who have not played recently, to rest some of those who need a little breather and as well to give a chance to one or two young players.

“When you are Arsenal you know most of the teams that you travel to, especially in the cup games, do not have a lot to lose. We know that type of problem and we have always dealt with it historically.

“We want the players who come in to show that they are able to make the squad successful, and do absolutely everything to help us win.”

It will certainly be a good test for our second string players, and Joel Campbell is definitely looking forward to getting a game under his belt, but he is stressing that we must not be overconfident in our approach. “We know what teams from the Championship are capable of,” he said. “All teams want to win this tournament ­ it’s an important tournament, especially for teams from the second division playing against a Premier League club.

“They’re going to be extra-motivated to get the win – you have to respect every team you play. If we approach the match with respect, we’ll have a good chance of winning.”

Well said Joel, and it also gives you the chance to show that you are good enough to get more chances in the First XI. Show respect, but also show that you have more talent than your Championship opponents!

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102 Comments

  1. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please

    I have a feeling it will go to Penalties lol
    I hope not, I hope we win in Normal time

    Seriously, don’t take any team for granted.

    Hope our youngsters and experienced players perform well and we win without any drama

    COYG

  2. Tyno says:

    If they don’t win this one, I’d wonder why they play for the Arsenal.

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Too much expectations, I guess. Our reserves haven’t played for a long time which restricts us(at least me) to expect at least a decent performance from them. However, they should give their 100% and don’t worry about the result. I am confident about them but expecting a tough match as well.

      We can do this. COYG

      1. Disturbance says:

        Two players coming off with Hamstrings? I mean… Ronaldo plays 60+ games a year and I’ve never seen him come out with a hamstring…

  3. Goonsquad8 says:

    I like this line up, excited to see our young guns playing a good team. Let’s see what chambers, kamara, Ox, Iwobi, and Campbell can do. Hopefully bielek gets minutes too.

    I’m really glad wenger is not starting Walcott and I hope he doesn’t have a feature, a game like this worries me that he’ll get injured. 2-0 to the gunners!

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Also maybe Walcott would not have been much effective against their deep defending. He should be introduced after 60 minutes if we are chasing or tying, instead of Iwobi maybe.

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        Close. … After 5 minutes, actually!
        And then limped off 10 minutes later ?
        ####ing unbelievable ?

  4. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    In other news, Mourinho has started almost his first team.

    1. Tyno says:

      Why not? They’ve got to defend their Cup. They’re the CoC CHAMPIONS.

  5. Bravox says:

    Letz_keep_the_engine_running#win_ugly#

  6. Bravox says:

    Letz_do_this!!!#coyg#

  7. mide says:

    RAIN not now pleaseeeeeeeeee.

    i need to c ds game, av bn looking forward to it since morning.

    God please stop this rain now

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      May you get your wish complete. I will provide updates if possible.

      1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

        Looks like I will not be able to watch it completely.

  8. Tyno says:

    It’s begun…the Mortal Kombat.

  9. juhislihis says:

    4 minutes played and OX has already managed to injure himself.. Unbelievable.

  10. RWRW says:

    Are you kidding me OX? WTF IS GOING ON WITH THESE STUPID INJURIES

  11. Goonsquad8 says:

    omg the ox

  12. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Another injury…. just what we wanted.

  13. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    By the way looks like Campbell is playing No. 10

  14. Tyno says:

    Arsenal English players and injuries. Wow

  15. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Sheffield players added new dimension to their play… Stoke rugby tactics

  16. KickAssFan______Dear Wenger... says:

    Meh, what are they playing there???

  17. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Chambers impressing me as usual by winning headers, perfect replacement for Mertesacker.

  18. samtz says:

    where is Adelaide?!!injured or?

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Playing in Chile u17

  19. juhislihis says:

    Walcott injured?

  20. ras911 says:

    Theo noooooooo

  21. RWRW says:

    ARE YOU HAVING A LAUGH WITH THESE INJURIES??????

    1. joeboy says:

      Exactly why wenger should of bought in the summer!! ?….. As much as i like joel campbell aswell he just dont seem to be able to do it in an arsenal shirt

  22. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    At this rate, we will get all our players injured by full time.

  23. Tyno says:

    Maybe a precautionary measure. He felt a tightening in his harmstsing.

  24. medvet says:

    the injury curse strikes again…. typical arsenal season….

    1. medvet says:

      we are soo unlucky…

  25. juhislihis says:

    Does the term “warm up” mean anything to our coaching staff and players?

    1. Krish says:

      shut up..dont talk as if you knew more than professional fitness coaches and players.. sorry soooo ignorant

      1. juhislihis says:

        The expert from the tunnel said:

        “After OX’s injury, Walcott went to warm up. Before making a single run, he was called up by Wenger to come on for OX. The look on Theo’s face was amusement”

        Not my words. You look like a proper fool now, don’t you?

  26. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Maybe for the first time I will see a least creative Arsenal.

  27. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Kamara …. impressive tackle

  28. Krish says:

    I also agree with Tyno i think in both cases it was more of a precautionary thing but very unfortunate/bad nonetheless

  29. medvet says:

    who is playing like N° 10 now??

  30. Krish says:

    well i dont even think that i merely hope that it was that way lol

  31. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Campbell good holding the ball then lets down with a forgettable cross.

  32. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Hutchinson the next Shawcross.

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Good response by Flamini

    2. juhislihis says:

      That was an ugly challenge.. I mean the Hutchinson

  33. Tyno says:

    Euphoria at Hillsborough

  34. Campbell foe Coq back up anyone?

    1. Krish says:

      hahaha his tackles are really brilliant.. well its really difficult to find positive things today and those and kamaras tackles are my only source of happiness in this match ^^

  35. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Campbell for DM

  36. juhislihis says:

    2-0… We don’t look dangerous at all

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      It was always gonna be a tough ask to make 10 changes and expect us to play free flowing attacking football. We got another half though lets just enjoy the match

  37. KingHenry says:

    Must say, our reserve team aint very strong

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      We’re missing arteta, welbeck, wilshere, rosicky and Ramsey that’s half a squad and a damn good one

      1. KingHenry says:

        Whoever we play, we shldnt be losing 3-0 to SW

  38. Cashleycol says:

    Thank God we didn’t field our top Gunners… The injury curse has just struck n very hard…

  39. RWRW says:

    I know its only Capital one cup but think its fair to say first team players like Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini and Debuchy just aren’t good enough.

  40. isaaclys says:

    Debuchy is so poor. responsible for 2 of the conceded goals.

  41. ozildatrequartista says:

    Shawcross is just back from surgery n almost kills willian. No response from ref.

  42. gmv8 says:

    Shame we risked Ox and Walcott – hope they are ok.

  43. Koss the Boss says:

    Wasnt too worried about this game but very suprised as to the way we have not created a thing here this evening. Well done Sheff Wed good first half by them, we have been diabolical tbh!

    Injuries will cost us this season… Arsene will need to invest in a few players as our uk players are all letting us down with bad form, injuries or not good enough. Oh by the way Debuchy you are more than welcome to look for a new club as Jenks will challenge our lil gem Hector!!

  44. Eddy Hoyte says:

    Seems Campbell will be the one playing wing this weekend and against Bayern. He’s also the only impressive one today tho

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Ah I remembered, we have to play Bayern with Ramsey, Chamberlain, Theo injured at the moment. Great! Just Great.

  45. Ronny331 says:

    Shane we coukdbty call on akpom and hayden for this game. Our lack of reserve strength and quality is a worry. Giroud our only available striker now. Haven’t we been here before?

  46. Koss the Boss says:

    Gnabry needs to be called back to hell… he not getting a shout in at west brom, get him bck as injuries to walcott/ox/ramsey leaves a huge hole… hell even sanogoals!!

  47. reddb10 says:

    I know its hard to believe but mertesacker actually
    gets paid to be on that pitch.

  48. reddb10 says:

    I know its hard to believe but mertesacker actually
    gets paid to be on that pitch.

    1. joeboy says:

      Mertasacker is like a kid he cant be left on the pitch on his own without kos, absolutely shocking defender

  49. rkw says:

    oh right…strength in depth…different squad this year…give me a f***** break…we have 3 world class outfielders a good first team defence…without the useless lanky german…and one decent DM…we are a couple of injuries away from midtable….embarassing stuff

  50. Tyno says:

    So that’s it now. Okay

  51. vinie2000 says:

    UTTER SHAME..YOU ARE KIDDING ME? THOSE WHO ARE PLAYING TONIGHT SHOULD NEVER PUT A SHIRT EVER AGAIN..MERT,DEBUCHY,GIBBS,CHAMBERS AS DEFENDERS? SHAMBOLIC UTTER DISGRACE..EXPERIENCE PLAYERS ON THE PITCH AND SHOULD BE PLAYING FOR WEDNSDAY INSTEAD.EMBARSSING TO WATCH…I SAID IT..BURIED THEM ON THE SECOND TEAM..

  52. AlmiR says:

    Wilshere, Ramsey, Arteta, Ospina, OX, Walcott, Welbeck, Rosicky… WTF put defence there and you have full team, funny

  53. Twig says:

    We’re paying for our lack of rotation in previous games…
    Our B-team lacking seriously in game time 🙁

  54. gmv8 says:

    Well it’s something we all knew, we are very thin in defence and attack, and can’t afford any injuries in those position. Injury to Walcott would be catastrophic if serious, and Ox less so, but still not good as Ramsey out. Don’t really give a stuff about capital 1, don’t understand why we risked such key players,

  55. vinie2000 says:

    do not come with the excuse of the injuries to Ox and theo for the defeat.this is UTTER SHAMBLESS..YOU CAN NOT WEAR AN ARSENAL SHIRT NO MATTER YOUNG OR EXPERIENCE AND BEING TRASHED BY LOWER OPPOSITION AND OUTPLAYED.

  56. THEFINALGURU says:

    Same old Wenger

    same old arsenal

    specialists in failures.

    They don’t learn

    they don’t change

    season after season , no notable improvement in ideology.

    Doing the same thing season after season and yet expecting a miracle.

    Don’t be deceived people.

    Think and think deeply

    SMH

  57. rkw says:

    pretty sad performances all round … do we need to buy in january…depends, the 4th place junkies probably think we are in good shape…for supporters who actually want to win stuff its a no brainer…2 quality attackers and a DM…of course walcott and giroud can score goals with ozil santi and alexis providing so would ings lambert and austen…do it themselves nah not skilfull enough

    1. josh37 says:

      no one asked if we need to buy in january!!

      1. rkw says:

        Uh I seem to remember a post a couple of days ago on this very site posing that question!!!!

  58. Bravox says:

    Lack_of_cohesion#lolz#

  59. synthiagoCazorla..HUMVN,Machine says:

    Bielik has brought a bit of calmness and control to the midfield. I say they get him on the ball more . Kamara was a waste of space in this game ( don’t mean to trash him though).

  60. stubill says:

    Watching this Arsenal team is like watching a convention for virgins, absolutely no penetration.

  61. synthiagoCazorla..HUMVN,Machine says:

    In hindsight, I say we should have started with bielik instead of Glen.

  62. Tyno says:

    Please when will the Arsenal play?

  63. Tyno says:

    I have refreshed my phone’s browser for the umpteenth time. The hope is for Campbell to score…just one

  64. sam-afc says:

    Forget this game it’s over.
    But what’s worse is, we’ve now lost two important players. The timing couldn’t be any worse

    1. gmv8 says:

      I think we should wait and see, I’m hopeful that Walcott isn’t too bad. I’m no medical man, but I’m surprised that the injury isn’t being attended to, I’d have thought sitting outside in the cold is the worst thing for a pulled muscle.

  65. rkw says:

    dont think barca youth squad will be shaking in their boots at this lot…bielik looks decent though

  66. Tyno says:

    3 – 0 is actually not acceptable

  67. RWRW says:

    CHAMBERS IS ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS. Also, Mert looks like a Division 2 player without Kos next to him

  68. has giroud touched it this half?

  69. Tyno says:

    The youth/reserve? They just did their chance of playing more football this season.

  70. Tyno says:

    We are the Arsenal

  71. Tyno says:

    The only team tonight to actually lose within 90mins

  72. Ronny331 says:

    Deary deary me, there is a void between our dirst teamers and reserves. Mertesacker nothing without kos, bellerin and monreal. They all know how to read his gane and provide cover. Hopefully a wake up dor wenger and hopefully the injuries are not too bad. Gnabry and akpom recalled?

  73. vinie2000 says:

    well DM is a MUST in the January window regarding tonight result.IF leCoq gets injured there is no chance on earth FLAMINI or ARTETA or BIELIK can cover the next phase of the EPL. you can see If the forwards get injured maybe we can shuffle but if the only decent DM we got gets injured..that’s curtains..get CARVALHO so LeCoq can rest after 4 months no stop.

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