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Wenger on Brian's 'miracle'

30 October 2012

Arsenal boss' Royals respect

Arsene Wenger has heaped praise upon the Royals prior to his side’s Capital One Cup clash at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Wenger told Arsenal’s official website of his respect for both Brian McDermott and the club as a whole, and believes that the Gunners face a tough task if they are to progress to the quarter finals. 

"Reading have done very well in their scouting. They are one of the examples of a club not spending money and living within their resources. I always respect that. There is some quality work behind their success,” said Wenger.

"You have to congratulate Brian McDermott  for promotion last year. I believe he made a miracle basically.

“When you get to the Premier League, the level of expectation is to stay and I feel they have a chance. McDermott has the qualities to achieve that.

"We expect a challenge and we know Reading will give absolutely everything when they play against us.”

Wenger also admitted he may be forced to make some changes from the team that edged past Queens Park Rangers at the weekend.

"Some players need a breather because they had two international games, Champions League and Premier League games," he said.

"We will go to Reading with a good team who will have a good chance to win the game.

"They will have played five games in two weeks. Some will be rested tomorrow. After that I will see after tomorrow night.

"We will still have an experienced side out with players from the squad. We will go to Reading with a good team who will have a good chance to win the game.

"We fight as hard as we can to stay in all the competitions and if you have to make a choice you make it as late as possible.

"The Capital One Cup is in a period where you have to make a decision sometimes as it is a time when we also have the League and the Champions League."

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