Carlos: Owls can match Premier League big guns

Arsene Wenger and Carlos Carvalhal share a joke in the tunnel before the game
Arsene Wenger and Carlos Carvalhal share a joke in the tunnel before the game
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Carlos Carvalhal declared Sheffield Wednesday are ready to compete with Premier League sides after dumping Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup.

Goals from Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson saw the Owls produce a sensational result for a much deserved win over the top flight giants.

And Portuguese head coach Carvalhal believes the manner of Wednesday’s recent performances would see them hold their own against Premier League outfits. But he warned the Owls are still a work in progress and have plenty to do to reach the top flight: “The way that we play, we play with quality I think,” Carvalhal said.

“We are ready to play against the Premier League teams, with the way we play.

“We are ready to play against all opponents. We can lose of course, but we are ready. But we are still a work in progress. We have had three months, not three years or ten years. We must be with our feet on the floor.”

Carvalhal insisted there will be no celebrating last night’s incredible result, with a Championship clash against Nottingham Forest coming at the weekend.

He said: “We don’t have time to celebrate because Saturday we have another game with Nottingham Forest. We can’t sleep. If we sleep, we come down very quickly. I’ve said to the players, in this moment, we must think about the Nottingham Forest game because it is the next one. And we must do the same we are doing all the time.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger conceded the Owls were the better side.

He said: “You have to congratulate Sheffield Wednesday because they put a great performance in. They were very resolute, very dynamic so they deserved their win tonight.”