In his presser ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final tie against Reading, the manager reassured fans that his team won’t take their Championship opposition for granted.

In the past, Arsenal have been on the receiving end of a few league cup upsets; a relatively recent one almost occurring in the semi-final last season against Wigan, when a 1-1 draw took the match to extra time and, eventually, penalties where Lukasz Fabianski earned us a place in the final.

Who can forget the loss away to Bradford in the Capital One Cup? Or being kicked out of the FA Cup a season later by Blackburn?

In years gone by, the Gunners have a habit of turning up to face lower opposition in body but not necessarily mind. A certain arrogance making us believe we don’t have to do anything to win the match.

This time, Arsene Wenger is making it known that his team will definitely not underestimate Reading, saying, “It wouldn’t be intelligent to turn up thinking we’ve won.” 

When talking about the Championship side, he added, “They have many players who have Premier League experience, good offensive potential and are very efficient.”

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