Arsenal v Reading: Confirmed starting XI's: Ozil starts, Karacan on the bench


Arsenal take on Reading in the first of the weekends FA Cup semi-final games at the Wembley stadium.

The North London based club won the FA Cup last season ending a nine year stretch without winning silverware.

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Mesut Özil will start for the Gunners and the North London based side have won 13 out of 15 games in which the World Cup winner has featured.

Reading captain Jem Karacan will not start in the semi-final. The Turkish international will return to Wembley on the bench after missing out on reaching the final in 2011.

Karacan was part of the Reading side that lost 4-2 against Swansea in the 2011 semi-final.

The 26-year-old made his first senior start for 570 days last weekend in the 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers.


Kick Off: 17:20 GMT

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Michael Mullarkey & Gary Beswick
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner

Stadium: Wembley

Arsenal Confirmed Line up: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck 

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


Manager: Arsene Wenger

Reading Confirmed Line up: Federici; Gunter, Pearce, Hector, Obita; Williams, Chalobah, McCleary; Robson-Kanu, Mackie, Pogrebnyak

Manager: Steve Clark