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Complacency nearly cost Arsenal in FA Cup semi-final 0

Posted on April 19, 2015 by David Nugent

As we all know Arsenal made it through to the FA Cup final courtesy of 2-1 extra-time victory over Championship Reading at Wembley on Saturday.

Lucky

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has described the victory as ‘a bit lucky’, after keeper Adam Federici allowed Alexis Sanchez’s effort slip under his body and squirm over the goal line.

In truth it was a horrendous mistake from the Australian international, but if it was not for his performance in normal-time the game would not even have got to extra-time in the first place.

Impressive

Szczesny feared the worst when Reading fought back 0

Posted on April 19, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny admits he was somewhat fearful of Reading when the Championship side fought their way back in this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final. The Royals put in a fantastic performance against the Gunners, but were robbed in extra time following an error from goalkeeper Adam Federici.

Prior to that, Reading kept themselves in the game, played some good football, and created chances of their own to score. Ultimately they fell shot in the end on Saturday evening, but Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny was taking nothing for granted until the final whistle went, as the Polish shot-stopper was very wary of Reading’s threat.

Wenger admits Arsenal were ‘lucky’ in FA Cup semi-final win against Reading 0

Posted on April 19, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side were perhaps “lucky” to see past Reading in the FA Cup semi-finals, with an error from goalkeeper Adam Federici gifting the Gunners an extra time win they hardly deserved. The victory sees them into the FA Cup final, where they will face Liverpool or Aston Villa, but this weekend’s clash almost mirrored last season’s FA Cup semi-final fixture against Wigan, that saw Arsenal having to win on penalties.

Arsenal through to FA Cup final after extra-time win 0

Posted on April 18, 2015 by David Nugent

The first real threat on goal came on five minutes, as Danny Welbeck latched onto a Kieran Gibbs lofted ball, but Adam Federici did well to come out and deflect the ball off the England international for a goal kick.

On seven minutes Alexis Sanchez saw a shot from just outside the area deflected wide of goal for a corner kick. The resulting corner saw Per Mertesacker’s header saved well down low by Federici.

On nine minutes the Royals threatened as Jordan Obita’s effort from the edge of the area was comfortably saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

Jack Wilshere ‘could be available for Saturday’ 0

Posted on April 18, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could well feature for the Gunners in their FA Cup semi-final clash against Reading on Saturday evening, with the England international having return from his latest injury.

“We have a big squad available for selection and we just have Arteta (match fitness) and Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) unavailable. Everybody else should be alright. (Jack Wilshere) has improved physically and I think he is available for selection on Saturday,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Reading v Arsenal – Back Arsenal to Win by Three or More at 9/4 1

Posted on April 18, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Fresh from their eighth straight Premier League victory, Arsenal turn their attention towards the FA Cup, as they are set to battle Championship strugglers Reading at Wembley for a place in the final.

The 2-1 triumph over Manchester United at Old Trafford edged the Gunners closer to defending the coveted title and they are not expected to allow any surprises when they face the Royals in the semi-final on Saturday afternoon.

And while Reading are safe from the drop, they are going through a very rough patch at the moment, having failed to win any of their last five league matches, so they cannot be expected to stop red-hot Arsenal in their tracks.

Ramsey: FA Cup anxiety gone following last season’s triumph 0

Posted on April 18, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey says the Gunners’ anxiety ahead of this evening’s FA Cup semi-final has completely gone following last season’s triumph in the competition.

“That sort of pressure has gone because we won something last season, so there is no more of this nine years (without a trophy talk) That’s gone, but we are big favourites and we have to go into the game switched on and ready for (Reading), because anything can happen in these stages of the FA Cup,” he said.

Arsenal Wenger “proud” to hit 10 FA Cup semi-finals with Arsenal 0

Posted on April 17, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he’s “proud” to have reached 10 FA Cup finals with the Gunners, ahead of this weekend’s clash at Wembley against Reading. The London outfit have won the competition five times under the Frenchman, with their most recent triumph coming last season.

They are favourites to retain the FA Cup this campaign, and Wenger is delighted that Arsenal are in a position to defend the trophy, and to have made 10 semi-finals during his time in charge. He said: “You do not play 10 semi-finals if you do not prepare properly for these games. I’m proud of that consistency. It’s still the same excitement in a game like that as it was in the first one.”

Danny Welbeck confident of becoming a prolific scorer at Arsenal 0

Posted on April 17, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

After Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck was criticised by Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who said the England international wasn’t on the same level as Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, the 24-year-old has chosen to ignore the Dutch coach, and instead is adamant he can become a prolific scorer for the Gunners.

“I think I’ve put in a few good performances and been a bit unlucky on the goals front, which is something I know will come in abundance once I come to know everything with the club. Everyone is entitled to their opinion – some you like, some you don’t. It’s football, it’s life. You deal with it. You’ve got to be strong mentally living the life of being a professional footballer – there’s a lot of people out to get you,” he said.

Mikel Arteta suffers injury setback 0

Posted on April 17, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to confirm that Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta is set to miss the FA Cup semi-final clash with Reading at Wembley Stadium through an ankle injury.

The 33-year-old last featured for the Gunners in November 2014, but he did play for the reserves against Stoke City some ten days ago. As a result, the Spaniard was expected to be back in contention for the Reading game, but it looks as though he has suffered a new setback.

Arsene Wenger moved to confirm that Arteta had felt his ankle after the last outing and has not been training ever since. The veteran midfielder is, however, expected to resume training next week.



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