We will be heading to Wembley this weekend for the semi-final of the FA Cup, and Francis Coquelin claims we need to start quickly against Reading to get the win, as reported on Arsenal’s official website.
The Frenchman has been superb this season, and has been a real surprise package for us. He has not only been excellent on the field however, but he has been hugely important as a motivator and a leader as well. The 23-year-old isn’t afraid to bark orders at his teammates, and has shown experience well beyond his years.
He is well aware that the FA Cup is a competition that can throw up some real shock results, and knows we have to be on our toes.
“You know the FA Cup, you don’t know what to expect – any team is ready for it and it is always a tough game at any stage,” he said on Arsenal Player.
“A semi-final at Wembley will be even tougher. We need to be ready and start on the front foot. Hopefully we can do that and win the game.”
We can’t afford to let complacency enter our game, as an upset is always on the cards. We saw what can happen when you start slowly against Hull City last season, with the Tigers racing into an early lead. We recovered that time, but we don’t want to be in that situation again – and would love another trip to Wembley…