Reading 1 vs 2 Arsenal: Player Ratings, Man of the Match, Flop of the Match.

Saturday 18th April. Reading-vs-Arsenal. Wembley

Saturday 18th April. Reading-vs-Arsenal. Wembley

Arsenal advanced to the finals of the FA Cup yet again after seeing off Reading at Wembley with two goals from Alexis Sanchez.

Player Ratings

Szczesny: 5.5 (F0tM)

The Polish goalie looked shaky at the back all through the game. He could have done better to prevent Reading’s equalizer. Least performed Arsenal player on the day, hence our flop of the match.

Debuchy: 6

He’s been away for a long time and it showed in this game. However, still a good performance from the Frenchman.

Metersacker: 6.5

Our skipper looked very sharp and up for the game from the beginning and almost found the net from a corner kick early in the game. Shame he had to be substituted in the second half with an injury.

Koscielny: 7

Koscielny was as reliable for Arsenal as always. It was a solid performance yet again from the Frenchman.

Gibbs: 6

Just as Debuchy, Gibbo looked rusty. He could really use more game time to get to his best again.

Coquelin: 7.5

He made some vital tackles to stop Reading from going forward, even though he had his hands filled with the very physical approach the Royal’s employed on the day.

Cazorla: 7

He and Coquelin combined very well in the Arsenal midfield. But as always, he went forward pulling the strings with some vital passes and tested the opposition keeper a couple of times.

Ramsey: 6

He always manages to get himself in the thick of things. But unlike the Ramsey we know, he blew them all on the day.

Ozil: 8

He was a key player for Arsenal all through the game and it’s no surprise how he’s beautifully timed chip lead to Arsenal and Alexis’ first goal on the day.

Alexis: 8.5 (MotM)

His relentless run at opposition players is perhaps his greatest assets.

This was more evident when he connected to Ozil’s chip inside Reading’s 18-yard box for the first goal.

He didn’t stop there, and forced in the second with a powerful strike that somehow scrambled into the back of Readings goal. He’s definitely our man of the match.

Welbeck: 5.5

Welbeck was deployed as a centre striker. But he wasn’t given an inch from Reading’s no-nonsense defenders to function there and so was constantly forced to operate from the wings. He was substituted in the second half for Giroud.

Subs

Gabriel: 6.5

Came on for injured Mertesacker with a no nonsense approach. He was very unlucky not to have found the back of the net with a beautiful header from a corner kick.

Giroud: 6.5

His introduction in the second half proved vital as his strength and hold up play helped the team go forward.

Walcott:  6

He came on for Coquelin. He helped in retaining possession in the closing stages of the game.

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