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FA CUP : Reading v Arsenal – MANAGER QUOTES

Steve Clarke


Steve Clarke: “I know that if we play the perfect game, then we have a chance to go through. If you make mistakes in possession and give the ball away to Arsenal they will punish you. If you make silly mistakes in and around your own box they have got players that will capitalise on those chances. Maybe in the Championship you can make two or three mistakes in a game and the opposition are not quite good enough to take those chances. But you know if you make them against a top team they will take them – and we have to be aware of that.”

Arsene Wenger: “It’s a luxury to have a good run because it doesn’t question one important thing in our job and that is the confidence of the tea. But on the other hand you need to keep the urgency level, the desire and the hunger at a very high level to continue it. If you look in Europe there are only eight teams that have won three games on the trot. We were a bit apprehensive last year in the semi-final and the final and maybe that experience can help us on Saturday. We know in a semi-final it’s always tricky. Last year we went to penalties against Wigan. We have learned from that and I think the urgency level will be quite high in our team (against Reading).”

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