Wenger counts wounded af­ter Arse­nal are put to the sword

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL -

SH­EFFIELD WED­NES­DAY 3 ARSE­NAL 0 Arse­nal were un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously dumped out of the Cap­i­tal One Cup on a dam­ag­ing night as Sh­effield Wed­nes­day blew them away with a stun­ning 3-0 vic­tory at Hills­bor­ough.

The Gun­ners, who beat Bay­ern Mu­nich in the Cham­pi­ons League and Ever­ton to briefly go top of the Bar­clays Pre­mier League in the last seven days, were brought back down to earth by the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship out­fit, who de­servedly pro­gressed to the quar­ter-fi­nals.

But what may come as a big­ger cost to Wenger on a dam­ag­ing night is in­juries suf­fered to Alex OxladeCham­ber­lain and Theo Wal­cott, who both went off in the open­ing stages.

Those changes meant the Gun­ners strug­gled for any flu­ency and - af­ter neu­tral­is­ing any early threat - Wed­nes­day took a 27th-minute lead with a fine goal. The Owls worked the ball su­perbly down the left and Daniel Pudil, set free by Barry Bannan, pulled back a su­perb cross to Ross Wal­lace on the edge of the area and the former Scot­land in­ter­na­tional drilled a first­time ef­fort into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Af­ter mak­ing an im­pres­sive save to keep out Jeremy He­lan’s ef­fort, Petr Cech was rooted to the spot again as Wed­nes­day made it two in the 40th minute. The re­sult­ing cor­ner from He­lan’s ef­fort was played short to Wal­lace and he sent in a cross which an un­marked Lu­cas Joao climbed high­est to and headed in.

The Gun­ners were back out af­ter the in­ter­val well be­fore their hosts, clearly keen to stage a sec­ond-half come­back, but any such hopes were crushed six min­utes af­ter the restart as Sam Hutchin­son made it three.

Bannan clipped a free-kick to the far post where Tom Lees was un­marked and his ball back across goal was too easy for Hutchin­son to scoop home.

OUT OF REACH: Lu­cas Joao rises to put Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s sec­ond past Petr Cech, right, in nets for Arse­nal

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