Arsenal are absolutely certain to play a severely weakened team tomorrow night at Hillsborough after their efforts of the last two weeks, but Sheffield Wednesday will have a fresh first team squad for their biggest game of the season. They will have their biggest crowd behind them as well as they have already sold 33,000 tickets, and their Austrian striker Atdhe Nuhiu thinks that their spirited FA Cup game against Manchester City back in January will give them big hopes of causing an upset. They held the Premier League giants to 0-0 until the final 20 minutes of the game before finally losing 2-0.
“We can take a lot of inspiration from the Manchester City game,” Nuhiu said. “They are one of the biggest clubs in England but we matched them for long periods and showed that we can run the big sides close.”
“It is a big game for the supporters. The stadium will be packed and that’s something which hasn’t happened for a few years so we have to enjoy it all together.
“We have got nothing to lose against Arsenal and have to enjoy it. It will be great to play against such a big team and I am positive that we can hurt them and cause an upset.”
So we may expect an easy ride tomorrow night, but our opponents obviously have other ideas. They will have the home supporters behind them, and when you remember that our reserves lost to both Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos before beating Tottenham, the result may not be as clearcut as we think….
One thing in our favour is that Petr Cech didn’t play in any of those losing games, and we didn’t have Matthieu Flamini as centre-forward until the Tottenham game!