As expected, Arsene Wenger fielded a much weakened side for Arsenal's Carabao Cup clash against Norwich City on Tuesday night.
Eleven changes from the 5-2 win over Everton saw Matt Macey start in goal, Mathieu Debuchy partner Mohamed Elneny and Rob Holding at the back, and Olivier Giroud lead the line.
The experienced trio of Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott were also handed starts, with the latter named captain.
In his pre-match press conference, Wenger spoke about the importance of having strength in depth when it comes to winning competitions like the Carabao Cup.
"That's the luxury I have at the moment and the difficulty I have as well," the Frenchman said. "All these players do well, play well and they deserve to play.
"Fortunately, we have important games every week, so I can give competition to everybody. We have so much offensive force on the bench as well. It’s really a strong point of the club.
"I always used it [the League Cup] to give a chance to young boys. We went to the final with a very young team and nearly won it.
"I always focus on winning trophies in the Premier League and FA Cup domestically, and always used the League Cup as an education for our young players."
Despite selecting a strong(ish) starting line-up, Wenger's men found themselves 1-0 down in the 34th minute courtesy of a tidy finish from Josh Murphy.
James Maddison's through ball found the 22-year-old winger, who made no mistake in chipping the ball over the onrushing Macey.
Edward Nketiah's goal in the 85th minute saved Arsenal and took the game to extra-time, but very few of the home players did themselves justice against Norwich.
Their dour performance saw two players in particular destroyed on social media and it's easy to see why: Walcott and Coquelin.
The pair are considered senior players at Arsenal but showed nothing in the way of leadership throughout the 90 minutes. Simply put, they were terrible, with Walcott constantly offside.
Arsenal fans are now calling for this to be their last season as a result, as you can see in the Twitter reaction below.
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