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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: What we were missing against Reading

Arsenal got the better of Reading on Saturday to progress to the final of the FA Cup.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told the club’s official website that his side were missing speed and sharpness against Reading on Saturday.

The Gunners got the better of Championship outfit Reading 2-1 in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Premier League giants Arsenal were expected to register a comfortable win, but they could ascertain their place in the final only after extra time.

Following the game, Wenger highlighted what his players lacked against Reading.

“What was missing was a bit of speed in the combinations in the final third and maybe sharpness,” the Frenchman told Arsenal’s official website.

“The spirit and the concentration was there. We lacked a bit of sharpness to create more clear-cut chances maybe.”

Over the course of the 120 minutes at Wembley, Arsenal had 72% of the possession, took 23 shots of which nine were target, and earned seven corners.

In contrast, Reading had the ball just 28% of the time, took 12 shots of which four were on target, and earned four corners.

The Royals did give a good account of themselves against Arsenal, who struggled to break down their opponents from the second tier of English football.

However, the key point is that Arsenal won and are now in the final of the FA Cup.

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