Odion Ighalo: "It's a dream"

The Watford striker discusses the Hornets' progression to the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium.

Odion Ighalo: "It's a dream"
Ighalo celebrates his goal at the Emirates Stadium. Photo: watfordfc.com

Quique Sanchez Flores' Watford players must have spent the last 48 hours or so riding a wave of delight, as they try to grasp the enormity of Sunday's result. The 2-1 win over Arsenal has given the Hornets a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup - their first since 2007 - and means Wembley Stadium is on the cards.

It's an incredible achievement for Flores' side, and one man that will be both relieved and ectastic with the result, is Odion Ighalo. The Nigerian has struggled of late, suffering a goal drought that was perhaps inevitable after such a prolific first half of the season. His goal on Sunday, however, set Watford on their way, and the 26-year-old, in his post-match comments, spoke to the press of his delight in making the next round.

Never in my wildest

Ighalo described the prospect of playing at Wembley - which, all being well, will be his first appearance at the home of English football - as "a dream come true", immediately suggesting that "to win and play in the final" is the next goal in mind.

"We came to the Emirates with confidence"

- Odion Ighalo

Speaking on Watford's win over Arsenal, Ighalo stressed that the team "came [to the Emirates] with confidence" and "worked hard together" as they have all season. Furthermore, the striker couldn't hold back his delight in scoring again, stressing that he kept on "working hard" because he know that the drought was something players go through - and work their way out of - saying he hopes it will be the start of getting back to goal scoring form.

The Watford players celebrate what would prove to be the winning goal. Photo: Getty Images/Richard Heathcote
The Watford players celebrate what would prove to be the winning goal. Photo: Getty Images/Richard Heathcote

"Goals always give confidence to strikers", Ighalo insisted, admitting that when the back of the net is not forthcoming, "you think about a lot of things". For example, the 26-year-old has been concerned he's "letting the team down" in recent weeks, but the Nigerian stressed the importance of his manager, saying Flores has "always said that [he's] doing everything right".

Full of confidence

Watford performed admirably all-round in order to win their first game against Arsenal since 1988, and Ighalo was quick to praise Adlene Guedioura's incredible strike. "Wow" was the word on the striker's - and indeed many others' - lips, but Ighalo was also quick to say that he had seen him do it before at Cardiff City last season. Ighalo described it as a "great goal", before suggesting, perhaps not even jokingly, that he wanted to "watch it again".

"If we can win today we can win any time"

- Odion Ighalo

Watford return to the Emirates in three weeks and Ighalo was quick to point out that if Watford can "win today", then they can win "any time" they travel to North London. The striker stressed the fact that they approached the game with "nothing to lose" againt the defending champions, but ultimately came away with a huge victory.

Once again - as has been a common theme in the aftermatch of the win - Ighalo was quick to praise the fans, suggesting it had been great "having the fans around", both at Vicarage Road and away from home, before saying the whole team "want to thank them for the full support" they have given.

Stoke City await on Saturday, and Ighalo wants the fans to "come out in numbers" again for the game, as Watford go looking for the win that will take them to that all-important 40 points in what has already been an incredible season.