SHEFFIELD, Sporting Alert – Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both picked up injuries in Arsenal’s shocking defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup fourth round defeat at Hillsborough on Tuesday.
The England internationals both left the contest early in the first half as Arsenal were beaten 3-0.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced to leave the game after just four minutes with what looked like a hamstring problem.
According to reports reaching SportingAlert.com, the Arsenal winger felt a bit of tightness in his hamstring and after talking to the team doctors, manager Arsene Wenger decided to make the early substitution.
However, his replacement Walcott didn’t last very long either as the forward was forced to leave the pitch less than 15 minutes after coming on as he suffered a calf injury.
This latest injury could see Walcott sitting on the sidelines again at a time when the England-man was starting to show some good form.
Arsenal are saying Oxlade-Chamberlain’s substitution was just precautionary so we will now have to wait to hear what Wenger has to say when he speaks to reporters after the game.
Speaking about the defeat, Wenger said: “We are short now with the injuries. It is a big blow for us.
“It was a very bad night for us. We lost two important players in the first part of the game and then we were not at the level we needed to be.
“Congratulations to them, they were faster, sharper and more decisive than us. We could not create anything. We were very naive when defending.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea forward Diego Costa also left his team’s Capital One Cup clash against Stoke City with a problem.
The Spanish international was seen holding onto his right rib after he was involved in a sandwich tussle with Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross and midfielder Charlie Adam.