Wenger fields strong side for Cup semi

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has named a strong side for today’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley, with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck leading the attack.

Wojciech Szczesny comes into goal, while right-back Mathieu Debuchy makes his first start since January following shoulder surgery and Kieran Gibbs is also in the team.

Jack Wilshere, fit again after ankle problems, is on the bench along with fellow England international Theo Walcott and France striker Olivier Giroud.

Sky Bet Championship Reading have forward Pavel Pogrebnyak back from a calf injury.

On-loan duo Nathan Ake and Kwesi Appiah are cup-tied, while veteran forward Yakubu is on the bench.

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Hector, Pearce, Obita, McCleary, Williams, Chalobah, Robson-Kanu, Mackie, Pogrebnyak.

Subs: Stephen Kelly, Norwood, Cox, Yakubu, Karacan, Andersen, Cooper.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.

Subs: Gabriel, Wilshere, Giroud, Ospina, Walcott, Monreal, Flamini.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire) BN

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