players and wenger

Arsene Wenger believes that Reading’s equalizer featured more than just a goalkeeping error from Wojciech Szczesny.

The Gunners set a new record for FA Cup semi-final victories by seeing off a stubborn Reading side who managed to take the tie all the way to extra time.

Wenger had many reasons to be upbeat on Saturday but if there was one reason to be worried, it had to be the way his side conceded to the Championship outfit.

Nearly ten minutes into the second-half, Steve Clarke side canceled out Alexis’ opener after Arsenal failed to stop a cross from the right flank which McCleary volleyed at Szczesny who spilled it into the net.

But when asked about how Szczesny’s unsuccessful save will go down as a howler from the Poland international, the Arsenal boss bemoaned how easily the Royals troubled Arsenal’s defence – a move which saw Pogrebnyak get the better of Debuchy.

“We have to analyse that (equalizer) but I think the cross before the goal shouldn’t have come in as well and then the scorer was free.” Wenger said

“There’s a combination of mistakes but Reading really wanted it and were ready to die on the pitch to go to the final. You have to congratulate them for the effort they put in today.”

The naming of Wojciech Szczesny, Mathieu Debuchy and Kierran Gibbs in the starting line-up were the big changes Wenger made to his defence on Saturday as David Ospina, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal sat out.

For the latest on not just Arsenal but everyone else in the football world, Media Referee is your home.

⚽ Subscribe ⚽

Be the first to receive breaking news about Arsenal!