We can match Arsenal, says Wednesday’s Atdhe Nuhiu

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Atdhe Nuhiu is adamant the Owls can draw inspiration from pushing Manchester City hard earlier this year as they prepare for their mouth-watering meeting with Premier League big guns Arsenal.

Back in January, Wednesday threatened to cause an FA Cup upset after going ahead at City courtesy of a fine finish by Nuhiu following a speedy counter attack.

For long spells, the Owls more then held their own at the Etihad Stadium only to be undone by James Milner’s double in the final quarter of the third round tie.

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Tomorrow night Wednesday face Arsenal for the first time in 15 years seeking to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Although Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has indicated he plans on resting some of his senior players, it would be a big shock if the North London club slipped up in front of the cameras at Hillsborough.

Nuhiu, in contention for a starting berth with Fernando Forestieri cup-tied, insists the Owls can take heart from how they troubled City.

“We can take a lot of inspiration from the Manchester City game,” he told The Star. “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.”

The 26-year-old, who recently confirmed he is in contract negotiations with Wednesday’s hierarchy, is relishing the prospect of playing in front of a big crowd at Hillsborough. More than 33,000 tickets have already been snapped up.

Nuhiu acknowledged: “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.”