Cape Town - Arsenal and Liverpool avoided each other in the draw for the FA
Cup semifinals — and Arsenal definitely got the better end of the deal.
While Liverpool must face a Villa team revitalized under manager
Tim Sherwood, titleholder Arsenal plays a side that is in 18th place in the
24-team League Championship and is appearing in the last four of England's
biggest cup competition for the first time since 1927.
Reading's only win in the past month was its 3-0 victory over
third-tier club Bradford in a quarterfinal replay.
"It is a chance for us to give a little bit of excitement to
the town, to the supporters who have had a difficult season," said Reading
manager Steve Clarke, who was an assistant to Mourinho at Chelsea.
"Reading have never played in an FA Cup final, so these players have a
chance to make history. What an incentive."