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Arsenal v Reading FA Cup semi final player ratings

Published 18/04/2015 | 21:17

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal (R) celebrates with Santi Cazorla (L), Mesut Oezil (2L) and Gabriel (2R) as he scores their second goal during the FA Cup Semi Final between Arsenal and Reading at Wembley Stadium on April 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal (R) celebrates with Santi Cazorla (L), Mesut Oezil (2L) and Gabriel (2R) as he scores their second goal during the FA Cup Semi Final between Arsenal and Reading at Wembley Stadium on April 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Brave Reading went all the wway with Arsenal but in the end a fumble from goalkeeper Adam Federici in extra time handed Arsenal a 2-1 victory and a place in the FA Cup final. Here is how the players rated today.

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READING

ADAM FEDERICI: Extra-time howler overshadowed a number of good saves and cost his side dear as he let Alexis Sanchez's shot slip through his legs. 4/10.

CHRIS GUNTER: Forced Sanchez to look inside for space. Gutsy performance - 7.

ALEX PEARCE: Determined and disciplined display at the heart of Reading's defence - 7.

MICHAEL HECTOR: Led the defence with authority and composed in possession - 8.

JORDAN OBITA: Confident performance and helped prevent Aaron Ramsey from converting a golden chance in the last 10 minutes of normal time - 7.

GARATH MCCLEARY: Showed excellent technique to volley home Reading's equaliser - 7.

DANIEL WILLIAMS: A tireless performance in midfield but squandered a good chance to put his side ahead, slicing a volley wide in the second half - 7.

NATHANIEL CHALOBAH: Neat and tidy in possession but faded as the game progressed and was taken off in extra-time- 6.

HAL ROBSON-KANU: Gave the ball away too often but hussled and harried to good effect - 6.

PAVEL POGREBNYAK: Kept Arsenal's defence busy throughout and did brilliantly to dig out a cross for McCleary's equaliser - 8.

JAMIE MACKIE: Linked up play well and made a number of useful runs down the flanks - 7.

JEM KARACAN (For Robson-Kanu, 90): Added some much-needed energy in extra-time - 6.

SIMON COX (For Chalobah, 105): Struggled to make an impact - 5.

YAKUBU (For Pogrebnyak, 111): Struggled to make an impact - 5.

 

ARSENAL

WOJCIECH SZCZESNY: Should have done better to keep out McCleary's equaliser, despite an awkward deflection - 5.

MATHIEU DEBUCHY: Made a number of good runs down the right. Arsenal should have used him more - 7.

PER MERTESACKER: Went close with a header early on but was forced off through injury shortly after the hour - 6.

LAURENT KOSCIELNY: Struggled to contain the awkward Pogrebnyak but made an important block from the striker in stoppage time - 6.

KIERAN GIBBS: Caught out of position for McCleary's equaliser but worked hard down the left flank - 6.

FRANCIS COQUELIN: Occasionally careless in possession but broke up Reading's counter-attacks - 6.

SANTI CAZORLA: Typically composed on the ball but a half-hearted tackle allowed Pogrebynak to set up the equaliser - 6.

AARON RAMSEY: Failed to convert a superb chance in the last 10 minutes of normal time, lashing a close-range finish against the post - 6.

MESUT OZIL: Brilliant ball over the top to set up Arsenal's first goal but faded as the contest progressed - 7.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ: Superb touch and turn before scoring the opener and fired in the winner, albeit fortuitously - 7.

DANNY WELBECK: Quiet. Unable to carve out a chance before being replaced by Olivier Giroud in the second half - 5.

GABRIEL (For Mertesacker, 63): Went close with two headers, the first saved well by Federici, the second nodded over - 6.

OLIVIER GIROUD (For Welbeck, 72): Why not a starter? Lively display off the bench and hit the post in extra-time - 7.

THEO WALCOTT (For Coquelin, 101): Curiously turned down opportunities to drive forward when space opened up for him. Seemed to lack confidence - 6.

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