Paul Merson: Don’t blame Arsenal youngsters for Sheffield Wednesday loss

Paul Merson runs the rule over Arsenal's 3-0 League Cup defeat by Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Paul Merson feels that Arsenal’s experienced players should take most of the blame after the Gunners were beaten 3-0 by Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the League Cup on Tuesday night.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger opted for a blend of youth and experience but his side were unable to click into gear at Hillsborough, as they also lost Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury.

The home side took the lead at Hillsborough when Ross Wallace fired in from 18 yards in the 27th minute.

Wallace then set up Lucas Joao’s header and Sam Hutchinson turned home a third from four yards after half time.

Wenger said his side lacked creativity and were naive in their defender after the game.

But former Arsenal man Merson believes that the blame for the result should rest with the north London side’s older players.

Merson said on Sky Sports: “I thought they [Wenger’s comments] were a bit strong.

“I think he should be looking more at his seasoned pros. The more experienced players let the young kids down. They are making their debuts in an away game in front of 30,000 people. It’s a very difficult game.

“When I started my career I needed the older players to help me through it. It doesn’t matter how good players are or how good you are going to be, you need players helping you through.

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“The four or five older pros out there wouldn’t get four out of 10 so what chance have the youngsters got? I feel sorry for them.”

Arsenal’s now turn their attentions back to the Premier League and Saturday’s trip to Swansea City.

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