Reading may not be the hardest opponents in the world for Arsenal to face today, especially on form and history, but the Gunners also know that last year Wigan took us right down to the wire before going through to the Final on penalties.
Arsenal are well aware that your position in the League definitely does not affect your performance in an FA Cup game, especially one as important as a semi-final. Arsene Wenger can not forget how hard it was to get past Wigan last year, and Wenger is expecting another tough task against lowly Reading.
Arsenal fans will not be content for Arsene Wenger and the players to merely get to the final of the FA cup at Wembley in May, because if we get there we will all be expecting to win it again, no matter whether it would be against Liverpool or Aston Villa. First of all though, the Gunners need to get past Reading.
We are all expecting Arsene Wenger to make quite a few changes to the Arsenal starting line-up for the FA cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley this evening. Even though it is a crucial game for the Gunners and our hopes of lifting the famous old trophy for the second year in a row, the Frenchman will still field some of our lesser used stars.
Francis Coquelin may now be the lynchpin of Arsenal brilliant recent run, but it seems strange to think that just a few months ago he was playing in the Championship with Carlton, therefore he is the only Gunner with first-hand experience against Reading this season.
Arsenal may be on a fantastic League run of 16 wins in 18 games, but according to Per Mertesacker this sequence will mean nothing when the Gunners line up at Wembley tomorrow, and the pressure of playing at Wembley will just as tough against Reading as it was against Wigan last season.
The Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott has until June to agree a new contract at the Emirates, and ahead of tomorrows FA Cup semifinal against Reading, Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is hoping that Walcott will stay.
Re-living Arsenal’s FA cup semi final against Wigan at Wembley last year. by MAA
It was a day full of mixed emotions as we were playing Wigan, a team that had eliminated Man City in the quarter final at the Etihad stadium. Its still fresh in my mind how our rival fans were mocking us singing their (at that time) favourite song of “trophyless Gunners” they were
sounding so worryingly confident that the cup holders (Wigan) were going to eliminate us.