Legend Wright highlights Arsenal problems despite FA Cup semi-final win

The Gunners favourite wasn't impressed with the nature of Arsenal's victory over Reading.

Despite the celebration surrounding Arsenal's qualification for a second FA Cup Final in a row, ex-Gunners hero Ian Wright sounded out his frustration on BBC Sport at the Londoners' inability to showcase their class in the semi-final victory over Reading.

Though the way the match progressed undoubtedly owed much to Reading putting in a superb performance against the Premier League side, Wright thought the Gunners should be better at exerting their quality in matches against such opposition.

"Arsenal have been very disappointing today," he said. "Once again when Arsenal are overwhelming favourites they do not get out of the blocks quick enough."

"I am pleased with the win but I am distraught for Adam Federici. I would rather win on penalties.

"What is more upsetting is when Arsenal are playing these teams they start so slowly. It is disappointing to see them play like that."

The Gunners were far from their usual best against the Championship side, and only beat the Royals courtesy of a terrible goalkeeping error by Adam Federici in extra time, with the Australian letting Alexis Sanchez's shot squirm under his legs and over the goal-line to give Arsenal a 2-1 win.

Arsene Wenger's side struggled at the semi-final stage last year of course, needing a late equaliser to take their tie with Wigan to extra time. Unlike this season, Arsenal were unable to find a winning goal against the Latics, and had to rely on the lottery of penalties to reach the final with Hull City.

The Gunners went on to beat the Tigers 3-2 at Wembley of course, and will now be seeking to defend their trophy against a resurgent Aston Villa side that knocked out Liverpool on Sunday.

Despite Wright's concerns about the way his old side performed against Reading, he very much feels that a second successive FA Cup win will cap off a wonderful campaign for the Londoners.

"Winning the FA Cup will be a fantastic way to end the season for Arsenal," the former England striker admitted.

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