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For the second time in two seasons, Arsenal head into an FA Cup semifinal as the overwhelming favourites, and Arsene Wenger will hope this particular last-four match is a lot more smooth and serene than the last one, when they faced an inspired Wigan side at Wembley.

The Gunners had to draw on their penalty-taking-and-holding-the-nerves expertise to beat Wigan in the semifinal last season, and with Reading playing some good cup football of their own, Wenger will, no doubt, expect another tough semifinal, even if he will know his side are expected to win.

"They are in the middle of the Championship and suddenly they are in the semifinal of the FA Cup," said Wenger of his opponents on Saturday at England's national stadium. "It's unexpected. They have nothing to lose and it is a special occasion for them as it is for us. They will raise their level for sure and that's what you expect as well.

"They are a team with quality, with many players who have played in the Premier League already."

While Reading will expect to make it as difficult as possible, they will also be aware they are playing a side on an incredible run. Arsenal have won eight games on the spin in the English Premier League, with Wenger's men playing some outstanding football in the process.

That run has taken them to second place in the EPL table, and while they might find themselves a little lower down if Manchester United beat Chelsea at pretty much the same time Arsenal face Reading, the team from North London will head into Wembley in confident mood.

Reading manager Steve Clarke comes with plenty of experience, though, and the former West Brom, Chelsea and Liverpool coach will know the importance of getting at this Arsenal side early in the piece, and hopefully creating a bit of doubt in front of thousands of fans, the majority of whom are expected to be supporting Arsenal.

"For us it's a chance and a big opportunity to make history for Reading Football Club," said Clarke. "We go there with the best intentions of giving everything that we've got and trying to get that result that the supporters are desperate for.

"Saturday is a game of football -- 11 v 11. On the day, we have to hope that Arsenal aren't at their best because if they are then it will be very difficult for us. If Arsenal are a bit below their best, and we play as well as we can then, in football, you never know.

"I don't get too carried away with the favourite and underdog tags. When we played Bradford at home, everyone was asking if we were under more pressure because we were favourites -- it's just a title. If you go out and perform at your best, then you'll win the game."

Team news: Arsenal: Wenger has almost a full squad to choose from with only Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out of the semifinal. Jack Wilshere played his second U-21 match on Monday and will be available for selection.

Reading: Pavel Pogrebnyak will return to the team, revealed Clarke, after the experienced striker missed the Championship game against Bournemouth on Tuesday. Nick Blackman, however, remains on the sidelines.

Where to Watch Live

Arsenal vs Reading is scheduled to begin at 5.20 pm BST (9.50 pm IST, 12.20 pm ET) with live coverage in India on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD1. Catch the FA Cup semifinal via live streaming online on Starsports.com.

Viewers in the UK can watch Reading vs Arsenal live on BBC One, while the option to live stream is on BBC Player. Catch the semi live in the US on Fox Soccer, while the game can also be live streamed on FoxSoccer2go. Audience in Canada can catch Arsenal vs Reading live on Sportsnet and Watch Sportsnet.

The FA Cup semifinal can also be watched by viewers around the world live on Arsenal Player.

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