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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.

Reading vs. Arsenal FA Cup semi-final preview 0

Posted on April 17, 2015 by David Nugent

Reading and Arsenal go head-to-head on Saturday at Wembley in the first of the FA Cup semi-finals.

Reading are struggling in the Championship and are currently 18th place, eight points clear of the relegation zone. Steve Clarke’s team lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth last time out on Tuesday night.

The Royals have won just once in their last six games in all competitions, but that victory came in a 3-0 victory over Bradford in the last round.

However the Royals are unbeaten in their last five FA Cup games. There have been over 2.5 goals in seven out of their last eight games against the Gunners.

Wenger confident of Walcott stay 0

Posted on April 16, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident that his club will keep hold of the services of England winger Theo Walcott this summer. Walcott will have just 12 months left on his Gunners contract in July, but talks are yet to take place over a new deal.

Planned

However, it is being reported that talks about a contract extension are planned for the next few weeks. Gunners boss Wenger is confident of a deal being struck. Talking about whether Walcott would say, the veteran Frenchman told Sky Sports: “Yes, I’m confident,”

Mertesacker confident Arsenal can avoid a giant-killing by Reading on Saturday 0

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender and vice-captain Per Mertesacker believes the Gunners are in much better shape to get the job done in the FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley without any upsets, after last season’s penalty shootout against Wigan Athletic in the same round.

The German international feels the Londoners are full of confidence, and have too much quality in the side for their opposition. Arsenal are coming off the back of eight consecutive Premier League wins, and have beaten the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United in all competitions.

Wellington Silva finally cleared to play for Arsenal 0

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal winger Wellington Silva is finally allowed to play for the Gunners, after the 22-year-old was given a new Spanish passport following his time away on loan. It’s been four long years that Wellington has been waiting to be eligible for Arsenal, and supporters are looking forward to seeing what he can do.

“The good thing is slow in coming, but arrives with the greatest satisfaction in the world,” he said, via his Twitter account, with his Spanish passport pictured.



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