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Wenger: Iwobi, Others Not Ready For Big Stage

Wenger: Iwobi, Others Not Ready For Big Stage

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has expressed his disappointment following the performance of youngster Alex Iwobi and other debutants for Arsenal in their 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Iwobi, Glen Kamara, Christian Bielik and Ismael Bennacer all made their debut with the senior squad. But Wenger wasn't impressed with their performance. 

According to dailymail.co.uk, Wenger, who rested most of his experienced players, stated that his young guns are not ready for the big stage yet. He also lamented the injury suffered by Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the match.

"The occasion was too much for the young players,' said Wenger. "They were not ready to play at this level, none of them. Two of the goals were from set-pieces. We were very naive. We had a lot of the ball but we didn't make a lot. We were too short in midfield.

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"It was a bad night at the office for us. We lost the two players and after that were not good enough. We have two muscle injuries. I don't know how bad, we have to make a scan.

"I am concerned because we have a big game on Saturday at Swansea and the Champions League at Bayern Munich coming up, and already we are short. To lose two offensive players is damaging for us. Maybe too many experience players played here. We lost two and once I lost them I didn't bring on others because we couldn't afford to lose more."

Arsenal are now likely to miss the services of Walcott and Chamberlain in this weekend's league clash away to Swansea.

They are also expected to be out of the UEFA Champions League game against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

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