Wenger: We were lucky to beat Reading in FA Cup semi-final

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side were very fortunate to have progressed to the FA Cup final, after a tame effort from Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez uncharacteristically slipped under Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici to gift the Gunners a lead in the extra time, reports Sky Sports.

Arsenal went ahead against Reading in the first-half through Alexis Sanchez, but were pegged back in the second-half of normal time by Gareth McClearly, which forced the game into extra time. The Royals more than held their own, but were rueing their back luck as Sanchez scored a tame effort in extra time that left the Reading shot-stopper in tears at the final whistle.

Following the game, manager Arsene Wenger was left to admit that his side were incredibly fortunate to win the game without needing a penalty shootout against Reading, as they didn’t look likely of scoring until Federici’s error.

Arsenal reached their second consecutive FA Cup final, and will face either Aston Villa or Liverpool. Wenger believes his players should consider themselves very lucky, as he was no pleased with the performance at Wembley.

After the match, the long-serving French boss was quoted as saying: “It was a difficult game against a well organised, resilient, committed and physically strong Reading team. They really wanted it Reading, they were willing to die on the pitch to go to the final and you have to congratulate them for the effort they put in. In the end, we were a bit lucky because their keeper made a mistake and I can understand that he is distraught, but as well he kept them in the game for long periods.”

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