Arsenal defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has revealed that the club must be wary of the threat of Steve Clarke’s Reading on Saturday.
The two clubs face off in the FA Cup semi-final on at 5:20pm, in a game in which Arsenal are expected to win comfortably.
However, the FA Cup is notorious for providing major cup upsets and Arsenal star Francis Coquelin says the Gunners must avoid any sort of complacency in the fixture.
“A semi-final at Wembley will be even tougher. We need to be ready and start on the front foot. Hopefully we can do that and win the game.
“I remember a tough game [against them for Charlton]. We won 1-0, but to be honest I don’t think we really deserved it.
The 23-year-old midfielder singled out Royals striker Pavel Pogrebnyak as a key threat for Steve Clarke’s men.
“They put a lot of pressure on us, they have Pogrebnyak up front who is a big threat, and on the wings they have great players as well. We know it will be a tough game, it is a semi-final and the league you play in doesn’t matter.
This is arguably the biggest game in the recent history of Reading, and it is the first FA Cup semi-final the Berkshire club have had in 88 years.
The Royals have beaten an array of Football League clubs to reach the semi-final of the FA Cup, having beat the likes of Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City, Derby County and giant killers Bradford City.
Steve Clarke’s side have endured a poor Sky Bet Championship season though, with the club currently languishing in 18th position in the division.