Journalist Jim van Wijk believes Arsenal should have been capable of beating Blackburn Rovers without their big guns in their fifth round FA Cup tie.
The Championship side booked their place in the next round after Colin Kazim-Richards scored the winner in the 72nd minute, to give Rovers a surprise 1-0 win.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger chose to leave some of his top stars on the bench, but the PA reporter insists the north London side should have had enough quality on the pitch to see off Rovers.
Van Wijk said: “Wenger had the cavalry of Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott on the bench if they needed it. But they should’ve been able to turn over a Championship side without them.”
It is the second time Arsenal have been knocked out of a cup competition by lower league opposition this season, after they were beaten by League Two Bradford City in the Capital One Cup.
He continued: “It showed when one team isn’t 100% focused and the other is, these results are not impossible to see.
“Blackburn Rovers did the job they needed to do. The longer it went on you felt that if Blackburn could get something, Arsenal would run out of time.”