Saturday 18th April. Reading-vs-Arsenal. Wembley
1. Avoid the nightmare of the first half of the most extraordinary match of Wenger’s career.
It was 7-5, 12 goals, two teams all in one night.
It has been described by many as the greatest ever comeback in modern day football. And even though Arsene Wenger and his men eventually stole victory at the hands of a glaring defeat, it is a feat that may never repeat itself again between the two sides.
4 goals went past a rookie Emiliano Martinez in the first half, including an own goal from Laurent Koscielny that night.
Of all the ways to go about the match at Wembley this weekend, we must never allow a repeat of the first 45 minutes at Madejski Stadium in October 2012.
2. We are at home. Wembley!
It’s the semi-final clash of our march to an FA Cup title defense. But most importantly, it’s taking place at Wembley, our new home turf away from the Emirates.
The approach to the game should be the same with that employed at the Emirates, as Wembley has become an all too familiar turf for Wenger and his lads in recent times. And trust the fans to relive the Emirates Stadium atmosphere for the team.
3. Get with it early as usual.
Over and over again this season has first half goals done the job for us.
We can score, so we must stick to this believe and get the ball rolling quickly and if possible, seal the victory in the first half.
4. The “speed gang” will be needed.
As much as we would want to get the ball rolling quickly in the first half, we may not be able to achieve this on the day without the help of the “speed gang” at Arsenal.
Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Hector Bellerin are members of this gang at Arsenal, and the game may well depend on any combination of the above players Wenger choses to deploy on the day.
5. Szczesny, the ball is in your court now.
It’s confirmed, The Polish goalie will be in-between the sticks this weekend.
And even though Wenger says Wojciech has used his time out of the first team to “recharge and focus”, the boss may still “Cech” him out of Arsenal.
So should anything go wrong from his end on the day, Petr Cech’s agent will be expecting straight offers from Arsenal for his client. It’s that simple!
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