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Arsenal, Chelsea crash out of Capital One Cup

Arsenal, Chelsea crash out of Capital One Cup

 

How cruel can football be, barely a week after it defeated one of Europe’s power houses, Bayern Munich in UEFA Champions League clash, Arsenal were themselves thrashed 0-3 by lowly Sheffield Wednesday and dumped out of the Capital One Cup in the fourth round.

Another big casualty of the night were defending champions Chelsea who were defeated 5-6  by Stoke City on penalties despite playing  most of the extra time with one extra man following the sending off of Phill Bardsley after receiving a second yellow card.

With eight changes and unexpected injuries lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott to injury in the first half., Arsene Wenger’s team were well beaten by the Championship side at Hillsborough.

Ross Wallace put Wednesday ahead after 27 minutes and then teed up Lucas Joao for the hosts’ second goal shortly before half-time, with Sam Hutchinson completing victory early in the second period.

Wednesday completed victory six minutes into the second half when Barry Bannan’s free-kick found Tom Lees in acres of space at the back post and he volleyed across goal for Hutchinson to score with his knees.

Asked how his young fringe players had handled the occasion, Wenger delivered a scathing assessment, telling Sky Sports: “It was too high for them. They are not ready to play at this level, none of them.”

On the injuries his team suffered, he added: “We are short now because we lose Chamberlain today, we lose Walcott and we have already a few injuries.

“It is a big blow for us, of course to lose the game, but even more for the other competitions, which are very important for us, to lose two players of that stature.”

It was Wednesday’s second Premier League scalp in this season’s competition, following their third-round win at Newcastle United, and brought Arsenal’s run of four successive victories to an end.

In the case of Chelsea, an injury-time equaliser by substitute Loic Remy enabled  the floundering cup holders Chelsea to take their tie at Stoke City to extra-time. But at the end of the day it was another frustrating outing for the Londoners and their Coach, Jose Mourinho.

Bidding to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham United and ease the pressure on beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho, Chelsea fell behind to Jon Walters’s fine 52nd-minute strike at the Britannia Stadium.

But in the first minute of stoppage time, Remy lashed Kurt Zouma’s flick-on into the roof of the net to keep the holders in the competition.

Wenger made eight changes to the team that beat Everton 2-1 on Saturday for the trip to Hillsborough, which was a repeat of the 1993 final. It was certainly a bad day in the office for the two London giants.

 

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