The Sheffield academy graduate and potential England international goalkeeper will be ready to make his sixth appearance of the season when the Gunners visit Hillsborough today, with first-choice goalkeeper Keiren Westwood left out due to a nagging injury problem.
Carlos said, “We don’t want to take any risks.” “Our priority is the Championship. Keiren Westwood will not be in the squad. He is playing with a small pain. It can be a big pain if he doesn’t stop some days. We don’t want to lose a player for three to four weeks. We prefer he doesn’t play the match and will be ready for Saturday.”
“Keiren Westwood is a fantastic goalkeeper and Joe will be fantastic in the future. Because we trust him, he must play some games. He has done really well since the friendly matches. He has kept clean sheets against Bolton and Newcastle so we have absolute confidence in him. It is good for Joe and the club.”
The Owls will still have to cope without their main man Fernando Forestieri who was signed in the summer transfer window but is ineligible to play as a result of having represented former club Watford earlier in the competition.
Despite perhaps not fielding his strongest XI, though, Carvahal is still looking forward to a great match and believes his team can get a win against Arsenal as the Gunners are the ones under pressure.
He said, “It will be a fantastic day for Sheffield Wednesday.” “We want these days to be normal in the future. Arsenal have played Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Everton and scored a lot of goals. Quite rightly they are favourites. The pressure is on Arsenal. It is expected that they will win by 99% of people watching the game. We have nothing to lose.”
It remains to be seen if this is indeed the match that will set the table turning for Arsenal.