Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has offered his sympathies to Reading stopper Adam Federici following his blunder that gifted the Gunners a spot in the FA Cup final.
Similar to Rob Green’s famous error for England against Croatia, Federici allowed Alexis Sanchez’s striker to slip through his body in extra-time to gift Arsenal a late winner and an eventual 2-1 win.
The mistake overshadowed what was a strong game for the Reading shot-stopper, who kept his side in the game on multiple occasions.
As a result, Arsenal have reached their second successive Wembley final, having beaten Hull to lift the trophy last year. But Szczesny had only positive words for his fellow goalkeeper in the aftermath of the match.
“He can be very proud. It only went to extra-time because the goalkeeper was magnificent. We’re very happy to go through but personally I do feel for the goalkeeper,” Szczesny is quoted saying by The Independent.
“It’s a difficult moment for him. He was the best player on the pitch and in his dreams last night he was probably hoping he would get them through to the final. He did everything to do so but got very unlucky in extra-time,” Szczesny added.
Arsenal thought they would be in for an easy day when Alexis Sanchez gave them a first half lead but Gareth McLeary struck for the Royals after the break and gave the Championship side hope.
But it was ultimately Federici’s gaffe that gave Arsenal the lead but Szczesny is adamant the Australian has shown what he can do.
“It was a really good performance from him and he’s shown what a good keeper he is,” Szczesny said.