Relegation threatened Reading was barely able to pose any threat to the home side Arsenal and the home team cruised away to a very comfortable victory with a final score of 4-1. With this win in hand Arsenal’s hopes to qualify for next year’s Champions League received a major boost.
Nigel Adkins, Royals new boss was disappointed with his side’s performance as they were thoroughly outplayed by the gunners with Gervinho, Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Arteta registering their names on the score sheet to ensure the.
The Berkshire side did not stop from cheering after Hal-Robson Kanu scored the one and the only goal for the visitors.
Sagna, Ramsey, Gervinho and Rosicky were included in the starting eleven by Arsene Wenger, while Adkins brought Danny Guthrie as a mid-fielder in the five-man midfield.
Just 10 minutes into the first half, Gervinho scored the first goal for the gunners by tapping in from close range. The home side was denied a penalty shot just eight minutes later when Stuart Taylor bumped into Giroud but the referee seemed unmoved.
The gunners created numerous chances in the first half, keeping most of the possession of the ball but could not extend their single goal advantage.
As the second half started, just two minutes later Santi Cazorla found the back of the net from the edge of the box and doubled the lead for the gunners.
Once again the former Lille star Gervinho took on the Reading defense and found Arteta who was unmarked and who effortlessly curled it towards Taylor’s near post but was denied goal.
Finally towards the mid-way of the second half Arsenal killed all the hopes for Adkin’s men when Giroud extended the lead to 3-0.
However, just a few minutes later Hal Robson-Kanu scored the first goal for the visitors by bravely heading the ball into the goal making the score 3-1. But any prospect of any sort of comeback was thrashed by the Gunners after Arteta finally scored from the penalty spot and sealed the victory for the Gunners after Oxlade-Chamberlain was fouled by Ardian Mariappa from ten minutes from the closing time.
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