Arsene Wenger had more than a cup exit on his mind following Tuesday's Capital One Cup defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin and Theo Walcott both suffering injuries.
Arsenal slumped to a surprise 3-0 loss at the hands of the Championship outfit, but it was not an early exit that had Wenger most worried.
The Frenchman gave opportunities to a number of fringe players, making eight changes from the side that beat Everton on Saturday. Oxlade-Chamberlin was one of the first-team players to get a run, but unfortunately for the England international his appearance was short-lived, with the midfielder lasting just four minutes before he was forced off by a hamstring injury.
Walcott replaced Oxlade-Chamberlin and didn't fare much better, with the winger suffering a calf injury just 10 minutes after entering the fray.
"The injuries are two muscular injuries and we have to make the scan and wait 48 hours to see how bad the damage is," Wenger said after the match.
"It was a bad night at the office for us because we lost the two players and after that we were not good enough."
Arsenal face Swansea this weekend before facing Bayern München in the Champions League, and Wenger will have to prepare his side without two important players.
"I am concerned because we have a big game on Saturday, and the Champions League at Bayern coming up and we are short," he said. "To lose two players is damaging to us, and two offensive players."
While a fourth round defeat to lower league opposition is certainly no reason to cheer, Wenger conceded that relieving some of the fixture pile-up his side would have faced is some consolation.
"Ideally, I would have loved to win tonight," said Wenger. "But it is true that with the squad we have now, we cannot deal with all the competitions.
"You have to congratulate Sheffield. They put a great performance in. They were very resolute, very dynamic, so they deserved their win tonight."