Arsenal vs. Reading review- Gunners ruin Royals

Arsene Wenger raised a few eyebrows with his Arsenal team selection against Reading. The main issues were the decision to leave Lukas Podolski and Carl Jenkinson on the bench, playing Cazorla on the left of the front three and Tomas Rosicky as the central attacking midfielder. With Walcott injured, Gervinho got the nod ahead of Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ramsey replaced the unlucky and injury prone Abou Diaby.

Arsenal settled quickly into their passing rhythm, with Rosicky, Ramsey, Cazorla and Gervinho fluently interchanging positions. There was a great tribute from the Arsenal fans to David `Rocky` Rocastle who died 12 years ago tomorrow. Wenger’s selection paid off minutes later when Gervinho started and finished a move to score his second goal in two games.

The Ivorian had a chance to double the lead after 15 minutes, getting his ample forehead onto a great Sagna cross but putting it wide. The former Gunner Stuart Taylor was in goal for Reading, but could have been sent off after completely cleaning Giroud out in the box. The referee, however, didn’t even give a foul which would have meant a penalty, which would have taken any lingering confidence out of Reading.

Gervinho was involved again as Ramsey nearly got the second after 35 minutes, producing a delicate ball to put the Welshman in on goal. That shot was blocked, closely followed by Cazorla putting his shot just wide. More chances, including a goalmouth scramble somehow failed to produce the second goal we deserved before halftime.

It took just two minutes of the second half, however. Gervinho again at the centre of things with some fancy footwork and a nice lay off to Cazorla who finished beautifully. Arsenal were comfortable and Reading were struggling to make any impression, but Koscielny had to be alert to stop a rare chance for the Royals.

I was beginning to think that Olivier Giroud had done something to upset his team mates, because nobody was passing to him despite him getting in great positions. Gervinho finally took pity on him and Giroud smashed the third goal past Taylor.

Then some poor defending let Reading get one back, with Monreal allowing Robson-Kanu to sneak in at the far post. The Spaniard hurt himself in the process and was replaced by Gibbs. Then, with 15 minutes left, Giroud and Gervinho were replaced by Podolski and the Ox. The young man made an immediate impact with a driving run into the box and he was fouled for a penalty, which Arteta coolly slotted in.

It was a comfortable win for Arsenal that keeps the pressure on Spurs, who just managed to hold on for a win at Swansea. Chelsea, though, lost to Southampton to put us just two points behind them.

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163 thoughts on “Arsenal vs. Reading review- Gunners ruin Royals

  1. Tobias

    iv seen a a couple of headlines but not sure if the are hoaxs tbh if it turns out he hasnt will be gutted but dont hate on me lol

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  2. Jarryd

    Aside from the win, the most positive thing to take away from the game was that Giroud, Gervinho and for most parts Ramsey are finally getting some decent string performances and the confidence building for the remaining games puts us in pole position to take 3rd. 3rd should be the aim, not 4th. The team as a whole are really starting to move forward and defend as a unit.

    Some facts.

    We have easier fixtures.

    Chelsea and Spurs play each other.

    We have won 7 of our last 9 league games, and only lost 1

    Players coming into form.

    Conceded 1 time in our last 3 games.

    Now what Gunner can’t be feeling a little positive with results like that?

    North London is RED!

    Support your team Gunners!

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  3. Asterix

    @socalled arsenalfan4life

    First you talk about how good spurs are for beating Swansea

    In the next post you deride Arsenal because we beat weak teams like Swansea

    Dude – get a grip – you’re losing it – did you take your pill this morning – anyway sounds like you’re having a sh1t life.

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  4. leo

    @tobias rafa bentiez has not been sacked relax guys the man’s on a mission to bring chelski down he doesn’t deserves to be treated like this get stuck in there rafa hang in there & keep up the good work

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  5. Tobias

    @leo

    gutted but i guess the longer he is there the worse they become

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  6. leo

    @tobias chelski have 5 games in 10 days relax as for spuds next up everton,chelski,city

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  7. arsenal united

    I am just glad that we won and kept the pressure on chelski and the spuds

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  8. ogweng moses silver

    Both Chelsea & Spurs should watch out as Arsenal needs the fourth place after the next two games

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  9. jack-W

    1) Great performance
    2) I’m happy for forehead, these games are going to go a long way for his confidence
    3) Arteta’s hair still looks perfect
    COYG

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  10. ks-gunner

    easy it was…easy it was meant to be….next to the next opponenent…ket it up Arsenal

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  11. Neil

    When Forehead connected with that header, I was disappointed.

    I thought that he would burst the net with a forehead like that.

    Still, we did pretty well considering we didn’t even get out of second gear.

    Hail to the forehead!

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  12. CUT

    Any crosser that misses that forehead should be fined 4 weeks wages!

    F@cksake, I mean how hard is it to aim for it!

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  13. Rupert the gooner!!

    He hasn’t a forehead he has a five head.what a performance by the ugly ivorian

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  14. stenak

    I think its high time for giroud to hit d bench so dat he cud realize he isnt good enough to make it to d first team. He did score i know bt jus look at d number of chances dat he got and how many he converted….and d goal wsnt a great strike either , it ws poor goal keeping…. no wonder he fails to score against good teams….

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  15. green gunner

    great win. great team spirit. we keep playing like this and we will get 3rd or 4th for sure.

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  16. CUT

    Always said…giroud should be playing for stoke!

    Hope wenger gets rid of all the mediocre players

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  17. mmachame

    That waz a good perfomamce from our boyz!! We need to suport them all the way!!

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  18. Haxxxan

    Guys i dont want to spoil the fun but remember monreal was taken off after that injury he got when reading scored their goal? lets pray that he is alright! we have gibbs as cover but you never know with gibbs! he gets injured too often!

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  19. green gunner

    For me Gibbs starts over monreal. Gets caught on the inside too easy. Should have headed the cross away for the goal.

    Kosielny is our best CB. He cannot be dropped.

    Cazorla started out left but is FAR more influential in the centre.

    Rosicky should have being played more this season.

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  20. Cses high grade

    We could only beat who were in front of us and reading were poor, Gervinio and Carzola were magnificent. I hope the rumours of Wenger selling flops were not just a statement to push for the season. Lets go for third

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  21. artillery1

    Gervinho :P :D
    poooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…. dont realize it… it was reading n his passes were like just he has no energy in his legs…… Come on OX n Poldi Deserve a chance!

    Give OX POLDI COQUELIN chance… it was bottom n new Manager team, so we ruined them!

    Coquelin is better, Ox Is FANTASTIC n POLDI is POWERFULL :)

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  22. ferro

    Glad that Gervinho got a standing ovation… maybe it will help put those childish name callings about his looks behind him. Imagine your own support destroying your self image with some confidence bashing to boot. Id put up with it for the type of money being paid but id also believe that i shouldnt have to.

    At times more often than not he beats more opponents than theo does and can have a run of goals similar to oli. Does often look allot more dangerous than the ox or the other two by scaring defences and making space… but the ridicule is definitely not fairly ballanced or in his favor in the least. He can and does irritate me at times but no more than some others have done… might be harsh on ox as he hasnt played as much as maybe he should have. Delighted with the standing ovation.

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  23. juhislihis

    Tottenshite will have a very difficult next 3 games (EVE, CHE, MCI) so this is our chance.

    I’m not saying WBA will be easy but we should win them with comfort because ATM we are playing very good football. Some points:

    - Extremely delighted to see Gervinho shine but he needs to keep the momentum ongoing.

    - Jenkinson should start ahead Sagna, the lad hasn’t put a foot wrong.

    - Cazorla is way more effective as AMF

    - I want to see Podolski on the pitch, rather CF but don’t think thats going to happen.

    OFFTOPIC, Lewandowski scores again. That guy is the true meaning of beast.

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  24. colin

    Very good to win today, but we squandered lots of chances and their goal was again down to poor defending it concerns me because there will be bigger tests to come and we need to get it in perspective, even though he scored I still maintain that Gervinho is not good enough he never looks in control of his own body he wasted lots of good chances to score, the Ox was a different class when he came on and Ramsay again gave the ball away to much. Why do we put Cazorla out wide? he is fantastic when he is floating around pulling strings and dictating play.

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  25. King

    Lewandowski, Ashley Williams, and Wanyama added to this team can go great things.

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  26. Hass

    The amount of chances Giroud had this season, he should be top scorer, Cazorla is getting a lot of goals lately. Top scorer in the league now.

    I said it a week before the bayern 2nd leg that we won’t lose many games with Arteta, Rosicky and Cazorla starting in any position in the midfield five, because they have the experience. That will be confirmed next week, West Brom away is tough, but this experience in midfield will help. We can even have a midfield five who can shoot from outside the box,
    DMF- Vermaelen
    CMF- Arteta
    CMF- Rosicky
    LWF- Cazorla
    RWF- Chamberlin
    That will be one for when the defence is hard to break.

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  27. planner

    the has set well today, we played better even ramsey had a decent game. gud job today.

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  28. Tobias

    against west brom

    fabianski
    jenkinson mertesaker koscielny monreal
    ramsey rosicky
    ox cazorla gervhino
    podolski

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  29. papercutz

    You guys again are idiots, man united beat reading by 1-nil would you say that because they bearly won that game against a struggling team they not good enough????? DON’T BE DUMB!!! Great team work great win by the gunners!

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  30. Sheikh janneh

    Really boys deserve more credit than criticising them they did wonders the mixture was perfect we really need matured players who can deliver and killed the game when is needed big thanks to all the players and fans who really wanted to see the team success the Gunners 4 ever.

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  31. arson winger

    @papercutz

    Good point. Not to mention ManU beat the same Reading team by 1-0 at home. Actually that was a lucky goal from Rooney andso was today’s VP goal. Man U are lucky they don’t have Arse fans like in this board.

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  32. Kirvyn

    With due respect to Jekinson, I don’t c any right back as good as Sagna in d EPL. So I hope he does stay next season cos we need all our experienced players so to complete fo the league next season. Jek’s time will surely come.

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  33. willow

    have to laugh at wenger singing the praises of gervino
    two games a season not bad for two million plus a year
    wonder does that mean he will stay just to be in the same postion next year thats what i think hes prasing him same
    old garbish

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  34. Tobias

    bayern beat hamburg 9-2!!!
    they are simply on another level…apart from when we play them on there own turf :p

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  35. leo

    off topic just saw bayern beat hamburg 9-2 we 2day could have won 10-1 any way rene adler had a nightmare leave that club & join us

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  36. leo

    @tobias eexcatly we 2day should have won 10-1 based on chances hope the top4 doesnt get decided on goal diff + rene adler one of our target’s was the gk but it wasn’t his fault

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  37. Owen

    Rambo once again put in a top draw shift today and his performance merited a goal… #TeamRambo

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  38. Arson Winger

    @willow

    What’s Arsene to say? Gervinho played bad, missed so many chances, the goal and assists mean nothing. we may have to sell him in the summer? I am glad you are not a coach. You seem to know nothing about coaching. Praise the kid when he does right. Build his confidence, show him he has support of the manager and the club. That’s the right way to coach, no?

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  39. Tobias

    @arson winger

    i personaly think we should keep hold of gervihno is he keeps up his performances andbuilds on what he has he could certainly challenge podolski for the lw position next season

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  40. Arson Winger

    @Tobias

    I am fine we keeping him or selling him. I am not a big fan of his. But some fans on this blog bother me; they are always critical of someone or something. I just don’t get it. I root for the Arsenal and as long as the player wearing Arseanl gives his 100% (even he’s a bad player), I will root for him. Root for the team not the player.

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  41. Arson Winger

    @Tobias

    Piece Morgan wanted Martin O’Neil to replace Arsene. Another idiot fan…..

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  42. Tobias

    @arson winger

    peirs morgan is a knob and at times im embarresed that he is associated with the club

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  43. Arson Winger

    You are right there, Tobias. We have to kick Pierce out of USA and that would make me very happy. Stupid CNN gave him a long contract.

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  44. Tobias

    @ arson winger

    noooo keep him there hed only come back here otherwise
    the further away from us the better in my opinion

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  45. Arson Winger

    Heheheh…no country wants him. What a poor sack of $hit he is.

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  46. Tobias

    id quite happyl put him, gary lineker and alan hansford in a big bad and beat it repeatedly with a stick with five inch rusty nails in and tbh i wouldnt care who took the worst of it

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  47. Sheikh janneh

    Plz gunners go go go and grab 3rd or 4th jost to leave something in the hands of supporters , great result 4 that mater keep it up

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  48. John

    Bloody lucky Spurs as usual! Desperate for Swansea to grab the equaliser that hey deserved . But at least we did our part and kept the pressure on. Still convinced that Spurs WILL choke …… chelski, City and Everton to come yet….. Ha ha ha.

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  49. i seen winger

    @arsenalfan4life
    u r so full of garbage.. sir, have u ever kicked a leather beg filled wit air? that is called a FootBall ur excelency.. people like urs ip address should b banned.. if u cant even support ur team then we dont need u on board.. if somethin or some1 u love is in trouble, u should come up supportin and helpin, not creepin like a 40 year old sissy who stopped gettin the thst once in a month thing

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  50. sku

    It is interesting to note that the team looks strong now and I like the combination of Ramsey and Arteta in midfield. I believe we will be harder to beat now with these two players playing because of the Quantity of their work in midfield. I was also impressed when I saw Arteta talking to Ramsey at the start of the second half. Their combination is similar to that of Carrick and Cleverly at man utd. One is experienced and the other young and willing to work and it has worked for them as it should work for us and, Arteta is even better than Carrick.

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