FA Cup semi-final. Reading 1 vs 2 Arsenal. 18th April 2015.
Welbeck is still not ready as a centre forward.
He was the hero at Old Trafford, his energy and focus was vital to the victory.
But against Reading, even though he was given the opportunity as a centre forward, he failed to muster up anything against a disciplined Reading defence, and was forced to play through the flanks till he was substituted for Olivier Giroud in the second half.
Welbeck has always wanted to play as centre forward, even in his time at Manchester United. But it is getting more glaring that he is not ready yet for that role.
Debuchy and Gibbs really need game time.
This two, at the start of the season, where buzzing as our first choice full-backs. But in the game against Reading last weekend, it was sad to see them play with such low confidence.
Despite the fact that their replacements, Bellerin and Monreal, have been excellent so far, Wenger should at some point hand them chances in the first team before the end of the season to keep them in shape and get their confidence close to the level it was at the beginning of the term.
Szczesny will remain second choice for a long time to come.
The Polish international was handed another FA Cup start.
It was a match that was supposed to highlight the 25-year-old’s determination to take back his place from David Ospina as Arsenal’s number one man in goal, and so a clean sheet on the day would have been a major headway for him to begin to stake his claim.
However, Szczesny did the exact opposite – highlighting Arsenal’s need for a new goalkeeper by conceding a rather cheap goal on the day.
Ospina was watching and would have said to himself, that his position as the first team goalkeeper for Arsenal would last longer than expected.
First half goal still does it for us.
Once again a first half goal played a major part in our victory.
It could have ended goaless in the first half and Arsenal would have had to struggle it out in the second with a Reading side that would have come in at half-time, high in confidence.
But that was not the case on the day and we only had to look for the second goal in the second half which was all it took to defeat a compact Reading defence.
Win or lose, a new record has been set.
Come May 30th, win or lose, Arsenal already, have set a new record for FA Cup final appearances – 19 times!
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