FLASHBACK: February 4, 1995 - Sheffield Wednesday 3 Arsenal 1

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Having just been humbled by Reading over the weekend, it’s probably fair to say that Sheffield Wednesday fans wouldn’t mind looking back over better times.

So with that in mind, let’s go to February 4, 1995 when a Chris Waddle-inspired Owls side saw off Arsenal in a tempestuous encounter at Hillsborough.

4.3.95 - Sheffield Wednesday's Chris Waddle celebrates his goal. Picture: Ian Day

4.3.95 - Sheffield Wednesday's Chris Waddle celebrates his goal. Picture: Ian Day

Waddle was in sensational form and before the game had picked up the Premiership Player of the Month Award for January.

With just 30 seconds on the clock the Geordie wing wizard forced David Season into a stunning save after a mesmerising run, that would set the tone for his performance to come.

However, it was an old Owls adversary who would find the net first, as Andy Linighan - scorer of the winner in the FA Cup final against Wednesday in 1993 - headed in an Ian Selley corner after five minutes.

Wednesday fought back immediately though and after Mark Bright had nodded down a Waddle cross, Dan Petrescu fired past Arsenal’s England number one.

All that and just seven minutes gone.

The comeback was complete on 25 minutes when Wednesday went in front and unsurprisingly Waddle was involved again.

The former Newcastle, Spurs and Marseille man’s shot took a deflection, which caught out Lee Dixon and nipping in was Klas Ingesson to shoot home for what would be his only goal at Hillsborough.

After the break, despite starting well, it all began to unravel for the Gunners.

Skipper Tony Adams appeared to strike Bright, right under the nose of referee Keith Burge, and the official had no choice but to give Adams the red card.

There was a nervy moment for the home side when Des Walker was forced off with a back injury as Arsenal continued to press.

However, it was the red mist in the air that would be the main concern as the game threatened to boil over.

Andy Pearce was booked for a rash challenge on debutant Chris Kiwomya which left boss George Graham incensed.

Then with 11 minutes remaining, another recent signing John Hartson received his marching orders for a late tackle on Petrescu.

To put a cap on the drama Wednesday scored a third right at the end as Bright made it 3-1 and Arsenal were sent packing.

Wednesday: Pressman, Atherton, Nolan, Petrescu, Pearce, Walker, Waddle, Bart-Williams, Bright, Hyde, Ingesson

Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Selley, Linighan, Adams, Campbell, Jensen, Hartson, Merson, Kiwomya

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