The full price of Arsenal’s Capital One Cup mauling at the hands on Sheffield Wednesday is expected to become clear today with confirmation expected that Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss their next three games.
Both players went off in Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at Hillsborough — Walcott with a calf problem and Oxlade-Chamberlain a hamstring injury.
Manager Arsene Wenger later said he regretted starting Oxlade-Chamberlain and bringing on Walcott as his replacement before he too succumbed to injury.
The duo are set to miss the next two Premier League ties against Swansea City and Tottenham and a Champions League trip to Bayern Munich.
There is then an international break after which both should again be available.
Reports last night suggested the injury to Walcott is slightly worse than his team-mate’s.
Wenger made nine changes for the 3-0 defeat but still included Olivier Giroud, Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Flamini, Petr Cech, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers.
The Gunners boss said after the game the injuries to the two forwards were a “big blow”.
“We are short now with the injuries”, said the 66-year-old Frenchman, who has six other first-team players out.
Reflecting on Arsenal’s defeat, Wenger added: Wenger said: “You have to congratulate Sheffield Wednesday, they put a great performance in, very resolute and dynamic performance. They deserved their win.”
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