Sheffield Wednesday: Owls captain issues rallying cry

Glenn Loovens
Glenn Loovens

Captain Glenn Loovens says Sheffield Wednesday’s supporters have a big part to play when they entertain Arsenal in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup at Hillsborough tomorrow night.

Owls officials are expecting a crowd in the region of 35,000 as the Championship club gear up to face the Gunners for the first time in 15 years.

Loovens, who is set to continue his partnership at the heart of their rearguard with Tom Lees in the absence of the injured Michael Turner, can’t wait to play in front of a full house.

“I expect a lot of people to come to watch,” said the Dutchman. “You don’t play against a side like Arsenal every week at home so I expect a great atmosphere and game.

“The fans could make difference and give us a little edge in times of need which will be a help. The more who come the merrier.

“We have got nothing to lose. We should go for it and enjoy it.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will rest some of his top players. German international Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sánchez and Olivier Giroud may be left out.

Wenger said: “I will have to rest some players Tuesday night against Sheffield Wednesday. I think for some players it will be one game too many for them.”


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