Gunners fire Reading in Capital One Cup’s 12-goal thriller

Gunners fire Reading in Capital One Cup’s 12-goal thriller

Gunners fire Reading in Capital One Cup’s 12-goal thriller


It was breathtaking. It was absurd.  It was a miracle. They were dead and buried, having conceded four goals. It was only in the first half. No one at the Madjeski Stadium could believe their eyes; Reading was exterminating Arsenal. Who cares that the visitors had fielded a weakened side. After all, this is a cup affair whose eventual winner goes on to play in the Europa League. Ask Liverpool.

Theo Walcott had pulled one back on the stroke of half time, but the Gunners had already made a mountain out of a mole hill. Or so we thought. When the second half ended, Le Prof Arsene Wenger’s men had already made a stunning comeback to level the game 4-4. Oh forget their equalizer happened over a minute after the required four of injury time. After the controversy at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea certainly aren’t the only team feeling aggrieved by the referee’s calls.

Extra time got underway and the North Londoners hit their fifth consecutive goal without response, but Reading were able to pull one as the game seemed destined for the penalties. Not so fast. Two quick goals at the death made the score line read a ridiculous 7-5 in favor of hatrick hero Walcott and his cohorts.

After the hot air emanating from Stamford Bridge at the weekend, football was brought back to life, in what, even Reading fans will admit, was simply a sumptuous and incredible game of football. At the end of it all, the hosts will hobble back to the reality of trying to secure their first premiership of the campaign, as the dark mist of relegation slowly descends on the Madjeski. As for Arsenal, the feeling of euphoria and ecstasy is simply an understatement, but more work lies ahead in the name of Man United.

In other news, premiership clubs Southampton, Sunderland and Wigan were dumped by Leeds, Middlesbrough and Bradford, respectively, whereas Aston Villa joined Arsenal in the quarterfinals draw after defeating Paulo Di Canio’s Swindon.

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