Reading midfielder Jem Karacan says everyone is desperate to start against Arsenal at Wembley this weekend.
The Turkish midfielder started his first game in 570 days last Saturday against Blackburn Rovers, it was also his first as club captain, after suffering an injury against Leeds in November 2013.
Karacan was one of the leading members in the Ryan’s Royals campaign, which was set up by the club after he and some teammates visited a school earlier on in the season. It saw a kit designed by a 14-year-0ld boy worn be the first team in their Sky Bet Championship clash vs Blackburn Rovers.
Reading beat Bradford in a quarter final replay at the Madejski Stadium to reach the FA Cup semi-final, to be drawn against Premier League side Arsenal, who they play this upcoming Saturday.
The 26-year-old put in a very impressive performance against Rovers in the 0-0 stalemate and hopes he made a strong claim to start against the Gunners.
He told Get Reading: “All I could do on Saturday was work 100 per cent and try and do all I could to fit into the team.
“I obviously want to play at Wembley, everybody does. It’s the best stadium in the world and I’ve been fortunate enough to play there once.
“So hopefully I’ve put a little bit of doubt into the gaffer’s head.
“But whoever he goes for it’s been an unbelievable run in the cup. Whoever plays we’ll all be behind each other and trying to get the result.
“We want to go out there and shock a few people and there’s no reason why we can’t.”
Reading face Bournemouth tonight and are expected to field a weakened team against the league leaders, much to the annoyance of the Cherries’ promotion rivals.
The Royals are currently 18th in the Sky Bet Championship, and have amassed 47 points thus far this season.