Reading winger: Arsenal FA Cup semi-final a ‘no pressure game’

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first_imgReading winger Hal Robson-Kanu believes all the pressure will be on opponents Arsenal when the two sides meet in their FA Cup semi-final.The Royals booked their place at Wembley with a 3-0 replay victory over League One outfit Bradford City, with Robson-Kanu opening the scoring at the Madejski.The straightforward win guaranteed Reading’s first semi-final berth in the competition since 1927, and the Welsh international thinks Arsenal’s elevated stature may benefit the Championship side.“It’s a no pressure game. We are going to Wembley and will enjoy the occasion,” said Robson-Kanu.“Who knows what will happen. We’ve played them in cup competitions before and it’s been full of excitement. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to an FA Cup final.”Robson-Kanu was referencing the League Cup clash between the two sides in 2012, which saw Arsenal emerge 7-5 winners in an astonishing game that broke goalscoring records for cup competitions.The 25-year-old, who was released by the Gunners when he was 15 for being too small, also defended the actions of Reading supporters who rushed onto the pitch following the final whistle.“It’s been a crazy amount of years since we’ve been in an FA Cup tie at Wembley so the fans were obviously overjoyed. These things happen,” said Robson-Kanu.The forward reiterated manager Steve Clarke’s comments urging his players to replicate their cup form in their remaining league games, with Reading sitting a disappointing 16th in the Championship.Robson-Kanu said: “I think the run in the FA Cup is evidence that the manager knows what he’s doing and can get results.“It has been a season of change for the club but now under Steve we are really looking for some consistency. Once the team is applying that week in week out we will begin to win games.”last_img

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