Wenger praises Championship after humbling Sheffield Wednesday loss


The Gunners were soundly beaten by their less esteemed rivals in the League Cup on Tuesday and the Frenchman has lauded the quality of England’s second division

Arsene Wenger has praised the quality of the Championship after Arsenal were beaten 3-0 by Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup fourth round on Tuesday.

Goals from Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson gave the lower-league side a remarkable victory at Hillsborough, with Arsenal suffering a double injury blow as both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott limped off.

Wednesday, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2000, are currently ninth in the Championship and Wenger has lauded the quality of England’s second division.

“Ideally I would have loved to have won tonight,” Wenger said. “I will not use that as an excuse but I’m sure as a squad now we can focus on other competitions.

“And I must say, like I said before the game, because of many foreign players playing in the Premier League you have more and more good players playing going down to the Championship and to play with young players against Championship players becomes difficult.

“The level of the Championship has gone up and you see that once you have not enough of experience to deal with these types of games, you have no chance to win it.”