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Wenger: "Reading can be a danger"

16 April 2015

Gunners boss on semi-final clash

Arsene Wenger believes the Royals will pose a threat to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, and has vowed not to underestimate Steve Clarke’s men.

Speaking at his pre-Wembley press conference, the Frenchman was not taking anything for granted ahead of his tenth semi-final.

“Reading have many players who have experience in the Premier League,” said Wenger.

“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 underestimating them. We know it can be very difficult, secondly it would be absolutely non-intelligent just to think we turn up and win the game. We prepare well for this game, we know exactly what can happen to us, what will face us. It’s a special occasion for us to share with our fans and we want them to go home happy.

“He (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.”

The Gunners boss also confirmed that captain Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would miss both the game through injury, whilst Wojciech Szczęsny is set to start in goal.

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