Wenger Offers Update After Arsenal Duo Suffer Injuries During League Cup Defeat
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have picked up injuries during Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have picked up injuries during Arsenal’s shocking 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.
Our pre-game preparations were sent in to disarray early on when Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced off after just two minutes at Hillsborough after picking up a hamstring injury.
Things went from bad to worse for us when Chamberlain’s replacement, Theo Walcott, pulled up with a calf problem just 15 minutes later.
With two of our more experienced attackers off injured, we looked toothless and Wednesday made us pay after running out deserved 3-0 winners to send us crashing out of the Capital One Cup.
Obviously the result was disappointing but the injuries to Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott were just as concerning and Wenger admitted to reporters after the game that is could end up being a costly night for the club with big games coming up.
The boss is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“It was a bad night at the office night for us because we lost two important players and after that we were not good enough.
“We lost two players, perhaps we brought too many experienced players.
“We lost two players and once I lost two players I had Gabriel and Monreal on the bench.
“But I didn’t bring them on because we couldn’t afford to lose any more players.
“To lose two offensive players is damaging for us.
“I am concerned yes, because we have a big game on Saturday and the Champions League against Bayern coming up.
“Already now we are short and to lose two players tonight is damaging for us.”
Wenger then told Arsenal.com:
on the injuries…
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.Walcott is a calf and Oxlade-Chamberlain is a hamstring.
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott are now set to undergo scans to assess their injuries but they are going to be major doubts for our upcoming matches.
We head to Wales on Saturday for an important Premier League clash against Swansea before flying out to Germany to take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week and it remains to be seen whether either player will be involved.
Fingers crossed neither injury is too serious as we also have a huge North London Derby against Tottenham coming up next weekend and we’re down to the bare bones in midfield and attack as Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky are all still sidelined.