Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger: Alexis Sanchez can provide something special

The Chilean forward netted twice to send the Gunners through to the FA Cup final, after a 2-1 win over Reading.

Arsenal rode their luck to some degree to beat a plucky Reading side 2-1 in their FA Cup semi-final yesterday, with the Gunners through to the big day at Wembley for the 19th time.

With Chelsea looking odds-on to win the Premier League, the North Londoners will be motivated to lift the FA Cup to end their season with silverware - especially given that they won the tournament last season also.

Alexis Sanchez was the hero for the Emirates Stadium side, netting both goals as Arsenal were not at their best.

The winning goal came in extra-time, with the Championship outfit proving a stubborn opponent for the Premier League powerhouses.

Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the Chilean star in the aftermath of the game, admitting that the former Barcelona star is a unique player.

"He's made a fantastic contribution," the French coach is quoted as saying by The London Evening Standard.

"He struggled a little to get into the game at the start but he has that stubborn resilience and has the ability to provide something special.”

Sanchez was named this week as one of the six nominees for the PFA Player of the Year award in his debut campaign in English football.

The South American attacker has had an excellent first season in England and will be essential in Arsenal’s hopes to put forward a title challenge next term.

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