Wow, just wow. What a night. Before the game it has to be said we were quietly confident that Wednesday would put in a performance to be proud of but I’m not sure how many thought we’d win, especially when we saw the Arsenal starting line-up.
Nine of the Gunners' starting eleven had international experience, a total of more than 300 caps between them. They even had a Champions League and Premiership winning goalkeeper we had to get past. Various comments online before kick-off weren’t positive as all the noises from all and sundry were that we had no chance against a strong Arsenal side.
But Carlo Carvalhal dared to dream and dream big. The head coach played it perfectly, he’d played down our chances and even led many to believe a whole host of changes would be made from the side that beat Rotherham. But that wasn't the case - we were going with the team that was arguably the strongest we could and it worked. Everything just worked.
From minute one we were on it, to a man the Wednesday team deserve all the praise in the world. And come 90 minutes the atmosphere was electric. For fans of my age, Arsenal still represent a pain in the side from the cup finals of 1993 and this goes a long way to overturning that. We’ve waited since then to humiliate them and last night the waiting was no more.
We have a belief in the head coach, the players, and everyone at the club that something special is returning to SWFC - there’s just something in the water at the moment. Can we go all the way? Who knows, but with just three more games between us and glory it’s hard not to think of what has been the unthinkable for far too long. Tonight will reveal who is the next side to stand in between us and Wembley and I’d love another game like last night, to see our wonderful old stadium full again, bouncing and the potential to be seeing off more top class opponents.
Thank you Carlos Carvalhal, thank you to every one of the players at Sheffield Wednesday. Last night will stick in the memory for a very long time and for all the right reasons.. altogether now.. 'Carlos had a dream…'
Terry Hibberd has been a Sheffield Wednesday season ticket holder for the last 20 years and his all time favourite Wednesday player is Chris Waddle. He is the editor of OwlsOnline.