Sheffield Wednesday cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Arsenal in their English League Cup Round of 16 encounter at Hillsborough on Tuesday. The visitors were dealt an early blow when they were forced to make two substitutions with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and substitute Theo Walcott being forced off with injury. This early setback set the tone for the opening 22 minutes as the Gunners adjusted to the early changes and their hosts looked to find a way through their defences. The breakthrough did come in the 26th minute when Daniel Pudil beat his defender and raced down the left wing swinging in a cross that was met by an oncoming Ross Wallace who buried his shot in the bottom left corner out of reach of Petr Cech.
They doubled their lead some 20 minutes later through Lucas Joao who beat a rooted Cech as they headed into the break with a two goal cushion. In the second stanza they picked up where they left off as they scored their third of the night through Sam Hutchinson who tapped one in from close range. Despite the clear dominance of the Yorkshire side there was some glimmer of hope for the men from London as a towering Per Mertesacker bundled one towards the goal at the far post but he was denied by young Joe Wildsmith.
There was not much else to speak of after that as the Owls ran out 3-0 victors knocking out Arsene Wenger’s boys from the competition.