Reading 1-2 Arsenal: The Best Bits (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

18th, April 2015

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By Alan Duffy

A below-par Arsenal battled their way to a second FA Cup final after a hard-fought Wembley clash with Reading, with an extra-time time blunder from Royals’ ‘keeper Adam Federici giving the Gunners a helping hand into the final.

Despite being massive underdogs going into the game, Reading started well as Arsene Wenger’s men struggled to get going.

However, close to half-time, the cup holders made the breakthrough, with Alexis Sanchez firing home after a superb pass from Mesut Ozil.

Just after the re-start, the Championship side got themselves back into the game, with Wojciech Szczesny rather feebly failing to keep out Garath McCleary’s close-range shot.

After that, it was the Royals who looked the more likely side to score, as Arsenal wobbled for a period.

The Gunners did start to push for a winner late on, with Gabriel and Aaron Ramsey (via the post) both going close. However, ultimately the game would go to extra-time.

Arsenal now looked more likely to score, but the goal would come with a whole lot of fortune for the north Londoners. Federici was the villain for the Royals, with the goalkeeper allowing a tame Sanchez shot to squirm under his body and into the Reading goal.

Oliver Giroud then hit the post for the Gunners but would eventually hold on to reach a record-breaking 19th FA Cup final. As for poor old Federici, he left the pitch in tears. But well done Reading for a cracking performance.

Here’s the highlights…  

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Photos: Getty Images

Highlights: Footytube

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  1. QMario says:

    ‘with the goalkeeper allowing a tame Sanchez shit to squirm under his body’

    The best thing I have ever read on pies by a long shot.

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