Arsene Wenger has admitted his team had a bit of luck yesterday in the FA Cup semi-final, but says the club’s consistency in the competition as they look for a record 12th win also played a part.
The winning goal from Alexis Sanchez came via a terrible mistake from Adam Federici, but the Reading goalkeeper had kept his side in the game with a number of excellent saves.
Arsenal were not at their best, not by a long way, but at this stage of the competition the result far outweighs the performance and the Arsenal manager was delighted to make it back to Wembley on May 30th for a final against either Liverpool or Aston Villa.
“It was a difficult game against a very resilient, well-organised, physically very strong side, said Wenger.
“They were a committed Reading team who were comparable to what we faced last year against Wigan Athletic. We have improved a bit because we needed the penalties last year but it meant we got through.
“In the end we were a bit lucky because their goalkeeper made the mistake and I can understand that. He kept them in the game as well for long periods.”
As for why his team failed to reach the heights of previous weeks, he continued, “What was missing was a bit of speed in the combinations in the final third and maybe sharpness. The spirit and the concentration was there. We lacked a bit of sharpness to create more clear-cut chances maybe.”
And while delighted to be through, his focus has already turned to the next game against Chelsea in the Premier League.
“The records show that we are consistent and that is most difficult. I believe that we now need to focus on our next game.
“We come back here in the final, we have time to prepare and overall the final is a 50/50. If we can beat that record we will be very happy.
“The final is 50/50 so let’s hope we have all our players available to come back in a good shape.”