English Premiership

Reading out to beat Arsenal, make history

2015-04-16 14:09
Steve Clarke (File)

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."

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