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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  1. 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


    1. 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

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

  3. 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. 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

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

      1. 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?

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

    1. 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 ^^

    1. 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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

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

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

  8. 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?

  9. 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!!

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

  10. 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


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

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

  14. 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,


  16. 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


  17. 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

  18. 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).

  19. 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. 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.

  20. 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?

  21. 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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