Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports that Arsenal will progress to the final of the FA Cup this season at the expense of Reading.
Premier League outfit Arsenal will take on Championship side Reading in the semi-finals of the prestigious club competition at London’s Wembley Stadium this evening.
Arsene Wenger’s side will head into the encounter as favourites, and former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Redknapp expects them to emerge victorious with ease, backing 28-year-old France international striker Olivier Giroud to score the first goal.
“I am going to go for 2-0 (to Arsenal), Giroud (to score) the first goal and for it to be quite a comfortable afternoon for Arsenal to get to the final,” the 41-year-old told Sky Sports.
Could Jamie Redknapp’s prediction come true?
Many football followers will back Redknapp’s prediction of the outcome, and it will be a surprise if Arsenal slip up.
The North London outfit have won their last eight Premier League matches and will be huge favourites.
Arsenal have been the better side and have one of the best players in Europe in Alexis Sanchez, who has been shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award.
However, the Gunners cannot become complacent and must make sure not to concede an early goal.
One suspects that the Reading players will be pumped up for the game at Wembley, and they will be determined to put on a good show.
As for Giroud scoring the opening goal, that prediction of Redknapp could also come true.
The Frenchman has been in superb form this season and has scored 14 goals in 21 Premier League appearances.
The former Montpellier star has created 24 chances, has a pass accuracy of 67% and a shot accuracy of 55%, and has won five dribbles, 16 tackles and 83 headers.