April 16, 2015 13:08:31 UK
Arsene Wenger insists his Arsenal team will not be taking victory for granted when they take on Reading in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
The Gunners won the trophy last season but only after edging past another Championship outfit, Wigan Athletic, on penalties in the Wembley semi-final.
Wenger’s team were given another scare in the final when they fell 2-0 behind to Hull City, before eventually hitting back to win the encounter 3-2.
Wenger says his players will not under-estimate Steve Clarke’s men, who beat Bradford City in the quarter-finals but are languishing in 18th place in the Championship table.
The Frenchman said: “Reading have many players who have experience in the Premier League.
Reading have many players who have experience in the Premier League.
“They have good offensive potential, with Pogrebnyak, Mackie, Robson-Kanu and McCleary. They are all dangerous players. They are very efficient in style and on crosses. I believe for us they can be a danger going forward.
“We won’t be under-estimating them. We know it can be very difficult. Steve Clarke has good experience and has been a long time at the top. He knows exactly what will happen. I’m sure he will prepare his team very well.”
Injured duo Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are set to miss the game but goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny is set to start.
Arsenal, 1.80 to win the FA Cup outright, are 6.50 to beat Reading 2-0 on Saturday, with Jack Wilshere available at 5.00 to score at any time in the semi-final.
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