It was Arsenal’s biggest defeat to lower-league opposition since 1959.
Wenger said: “We were not at the level that is requested to play a team of the quality of Sheffield Wednesday.We have to congratulate them. They were sharper, quicker, more decisive than us. We had a lot of the ball but we didn’t create anything, especially in the middle of the park. Of course it [defending] was disappointing. The occasion was too great for the younger players. They are not ready to play at this level – none of them. We conceded two from set-pieces and were very naive.We have to analyse it [the defeat] and I think we knew at the start of the game that if something happened to us, we were a bit short [on back-up options]. “
Some have suggested that the North Londoners are out of the competition because of youngsters. Glen Kamara and Alex Iwobi started and Krystian Bielik and Ismael Bennacer were introduced from the bench.
However, the statistics show that Arsenal had every chance with 71% ball possession.
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