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  • Date:30 Mar 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,082
  • Gervinho (10) Cazorla (47)
    Giroud (66) Arteta - pen (76)
  • Robson-Kanu (67)
Goal!

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91:13 +1.13

Kieran Gibbs is ruled offside. Stuart Taylor takes the indirect free kick.

89:50

Corner taken short by Tomas Rosicky.

89:10

Corner taken short by Santi Cazorla.

87:46

Jobi McAnuff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

86:22

Jobi McAnuff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

83:09

Unfair challenge on Hope Akpan by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain results in a free kick. Danny Guthrie takes the free kick.

81:41

Shot on goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from just inside the area goes over the target.

81:18

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Save by Stuart Taylor.

80:20

Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Tomas Rosicky takes the direct free kick.

79:44

Garath McCleary replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

78:59

Mikel Arteta is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stuart Taylor takes the indirect free kick.

76:12

Adrian Mariappa concedes a Penalty for a foul on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Penalty taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta and scored. Arsenal 4-1 Reading.The assist for the goal came from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

75:26

Jem Karacan goes off and Hope Akpan comes on.

73:57

Unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker by Jobi McAnuff results in a free kick. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Yao Gervinho. Lukas Podolski comes on in place of Olivier Giroud. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

72:08

Santi Cazorla takes the inswinging corner, Noel Hunt makes a clearance.

71:33

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla from the right by-line to the near post, Noel Hunt manages to make a clearance.

70:43

Foul by Jobi McAnuff on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Kieran Gibbs joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nacho Monreal. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

67:50

Hal Robson-Kanu scores a headed goal from close in. Arsenal 3-1 Reading.Assist on the goal came from Jobi McAnuff.

66:02

Olivier Giroud gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-0 Reading.The assist for the goal came from Yao Gervinho.

65:29

Short corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line.

63:45

Corner from the right by-line taken by Santi Cazorla, Jem Karacan manages to make a clearance.

62:27

Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikele Leigertwood. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.

61:49

Yao Gervinho has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

60:03

Noel Hunt on for Pavel Pogrebnyak.

59:50

Bacary Sagna takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.

58:58

Shot by Alex Pearce. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.

58:27

Corner from right by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff.

57:46

Unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Taylor.

49:38

Close range header by Olivier Giroud goes wide of the left-hand upright.

49:11

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla played to the near post, Pavel Pogrebnyak manages to make a clearance.

49:02

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Mikele Leigertwood gets a block in.

47:09

Santi Cazorla grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Reading.Assist by Yao Gervinho.

45:50 +0.50

Pavel Pogrebnyak takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.

45:23 +0.23

Foul by Olivier Giroud on Adrian Mariappa, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.

42:53

Effort from outside the penalty box by Nacho Monreal goes wide right of the target.

41:58

Effort on goal by Yao Gervinho from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

40:07

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla played to the near post, save made by Stuart Taylor.

39:55

Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.

38:01

Effort on goal by Santi Cazorla from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

36:16

Santi Cazorla takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Mikele Leigertwood manages to make a clearance.

36:05

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.

35:32

The referee gives a free kick against Yao Gervinho for handball. Adrian Mariappa takes the direct free kick.

34:34

Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Aaron Ramsey, free kick awarded. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

32:36

Foul by Jobi McAnuff on Yao Gervinho, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Pavel Pogrebnyak makes a clearance.

32:23

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.

31:20

Unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Danny Guthrie results in a free kick. The referee shows Danny Guthrie a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Santi Cazorla crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

24:33

Per Mertesacker takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.

23:50

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Santi Cazorla, Pavel Pogrebnyak makes a clearance.

22:56

Bacary Sagna challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Guthrie takes the free kick.

22:03

Unfair challenge on Pavel Pogrebnyak by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick. Adrian Mariappa restarts play with the free kick.

21:07

Yao Gervinho has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

20:48

Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.

20:26

Olivier Giroud is caught offside. Stuart Taylor takes the indirect free kick.

19:29

Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Pavel Pogrebnyak. Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the right by-line.

17:23

Olivier Giroud takes a shot.

16:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nacho Monreal by Hal Robson-Kanu. Nacho Monreal takes the direct free kick.

15:42

Unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu by Nacho Monreal results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nicky Shorey, save by Lukasz Fabianski.

15:07

Headed effort from inside the area by Yao Gervinho misses to the left of the goal.

14:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hal Robson-Kanu on Mikel Arteta. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

13:14

Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.

12:03

Per Mertesacker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pavel Pogrebnyak. Nicky Shorey takes the free kick.

10:17

Yao Gervinho grabs a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Reading.Assist on the goal came from Santi Cazorla.

9:37

Hal Robson-Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nacho Monreal. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.

8:56

Mikele Leigertwood challenges Santi Cazorla unfairly and gives away a free kick. Santi Cazorla takes the free kick.

7:31

Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.

5:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie by Mikel Arteta. Free kick crossed by Jobi McAnuff, Olivier Giroud manages to make a clearance.

4:22

Unfair challenge on Santi Cazorla by Danny Guthrie results in a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

3:51

Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Stuart Taylor makes a save.

0:26

Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, Headed effort from close range by Adrian Mariappa goes wide left of the goal.

Match Preview

Wenger has faith in under-fire Szczesny Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny should be very proud of already having made 100 first-team appearances - and recalled even legendary number one David Seaman had his "blips". The Poland stopper has not featured for the last two matches before the international break, dropped for Lukasz Fabianski against Bayern Munich and then watching on from the bench at Swansea, decisions which brought outspoken comments from his father. The 22-year-old moved quickly to distance himself from that direct criticism of Wenger, insisting he was happy to fight for his place, having come through the Arsenal youth system after joining from Legia Warsaw in 2006. Wenger has every confidence in Szczesny's long-term ability. "That (100 appearances) is a huge credit to him, something absolutely fantastic and shows he has a great future," Wenger said in an interview with Arsenal Player. "What is happening to him at the moment is just a normal process of any career - we had (Jens) Lehmann, (David) Seaman, they had their blips and their periods where they were less good, even when they were more experienced than Wojciech." Wenger must decide whether to recall Szczesny for the visit of relegation-battlers Reading, but has drawn a line under the recent selection row. "I haven't spoken to him (about his father's comments), but I believe he responded very well. There is a not a lot more to say," the Gunners boss told a news conference. "We are in a competitive world, he has played 100 games for this club and at his age that is absolutely fantastic. "For the rest, we have ups and downs in our form and we have to fight against that, that is what he said, basically. "Wojciech has a great future. He is a very young goalkeeper. You do not find very many goalkeepers at his age who have the experience he has already, that is why I believe he has a great future, but he lives in a world where competition exists." The Gunners will be without England duo Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Theo Walcott (hip/thigh). Midfielder Abou Diaby is also absent after being ruled out for nine months with anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee. Left-back Kieran Gibbs will be assessed after being laid low by a virus, but striker Lukas Podolski (ankle) and right-back Bacary Sagna (knee) should be available again. Meanwhile, former Arsenal goalkeeper Stuart Taylor is hoping to get the chance to shut-out his old team when Reading continue their relegation fight. Taylor, 32, came through the youth ranks at Highbury, and made enough first-team appearances to claim a championship winners' medal in 2001/2002 and also was on the bench for the FA Cup final win over Southampton at Wembley. However, after finding Lehmann and Manuel Almunia ahead of him, Taylor moved on to Aston Villa in 2005, where he would also see opportunities limited behind Scott Carson, Brad Friedel and then Brad Guzan. Following a loan spell at Cardiff and a move to Manchester City, where his only appearance was in a 2010 FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe, Taylor ended up signing a one-year deal with the Royals. Injuries to both first-choice Adam Federici and deputy Alex McCarthy meant Taylor has started the last three league games and he would relish the opportunity to face his old side in what will be new manager Nigel Adkins' first match in charge. "I have never actually played against Arsenal. It would be a great experience to go back there - it is a great club, who I have very fond memories of," Taylor said in an interview with www.readingfc.co.uk. "It was a great place to be a player. The fans were always great there - and to play with some of the players that I did, it was a real honour. "They had a number of really world-class experienced players there at the time, unbelievable players all of them, and, as he still does, Arsene Wenger started to throw in the youngsters in alongside them. "Arsene Wenger gave me my chance and I will always be indebted to him for that. "Arsenal are going through a bit of a change at the moment, but some of the players they have coming through are fantastic. "A year or two down the line I think you will see these young players and the team as a whole become stronger. "When a couple of those young players have a bit more experience under their belts, that is when Arsenal will be a real force." New Royals manager Nigel Adkins will have striker Pavel Pogrebnyak available again after a three-match suspension, while attacking midfielder Jimmy Kebe continues to battle against a groin problem. Forward Jason Roberts (hip) remains sidelined.

Formation:433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 451Manager: Nigel Adkins

Reading

  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Yao Gervinho
  • Santi Cazorla
  • Olivier Giroud
  • SUBS
  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Lukas Podolski
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Carl Jenkinson
  • Kieran Gibbs

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Match Report

Arsenal 4-1 Reading: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


Gunners shoot down Royals

Arsenal kept up the pressure in the race for Champions League qualification with a 4-1 win over Reading at Emirates Stadium, which sent the Royals bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

Ivory Coast international Gervinho, such a frustrating figure for the Gunners, set the hosts on their way after 11 minutes.

However, despite dominating possession, it was not until the start of the second half where the crucial breakthrough came again, this time Santi Cazorla sweeping home. Olivier Giroud added a third following a quick break by Gervinho.

Hal Robson-Kanu headed in a consolation for Nigel Adkins' men - the manager in charge for the first time - but there was to be no recovery as Mikel Arteta's penalty made sure Arsenal closed up on Chelsea in the race for fourth-spot and also remained within striking distance of Tottenham, on whom they hold a match in hand.

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny both had to be content with a place on the bench, while Adkins' made two changes in his first match in charge, as striker Pavel Pogrebnyak returned from suspension and Danny Guthrie also came in to midfield.

Reading - who squandered a 4-0 lead against Arsenal in their home Capital One Cup tie earlier this season - started positively, as Mikele Leigertwood headed wide from a corner.

On seven minutes, there were chants and applause in memory of former Arsenal and England midfielder David Rocastle, who 12 years ago lost his battle against cancer aged just 33.

The home fans were soon on their feet again on 11 minutes as Gervinho fired them into an early lead.

The Ivory Coast forward turned on the edge of the penalty area, before feeding Giroud. The ball broke to Cazorla out on the left, and his low centre was swept into the roof of the net, past former Arsenal trainee Stuart Taylor.

The hosts continued to press and fit-again right-back Bacary Sagna floated a ball into the Reading box, which Gervinho could not guide on target with a cushioned header.

Arsenal felt they had a penalty shout as Giroud was clattered by Taylor - who collected a championship winners' medal with Arsenal in 2001/2002 - after hooking the ball over the keeper, but referee Chris Foy was not convinced.

Gervinho was in full flow again on 22 minutes, charging to the edge of the area as the Reading defence back-tracked, only to then drag his shot wide.

The one-way traffic continued, as Cazorla clipped the side-netting with an angled shot from close-range.

Gervinho remained lively, creating space with some neat footwork in the penalty area before shooting over.

Arsenal sensed they needed the cushion of a second goal, and it can just after the restart.

Gervinho was again involved on 48 minutes as the ball was worked to the edge of the Reading penalty area, where Cazorla curled an exquisite effort around the defender and inside Taylor's left-hand post.

It was now a case of damage limitation for Adkins' men, who looked set to end the day bottom of the table and, barring a minor miracle, heading for a swift return to the npower Championship.

To their credit, Reading continued to look for a way back into the match as Laurent Koscielny needed to make a last-ditch tackle on Pogrebnyak.

Arsenal made it 3-0 on 67 minutes, with Gervinho again the creator.

The Ivory Coast forward latched onto a chip from Sagna to canter away down the right and to the edge of the box, before feeding Giroud, who dispatched a low strike back across goal.

Arsenal switched off, which allowed Reading to pull a goal back as

Jobi McAnuff's floated cross from the left was headed in at the far post by Robson-Kanu - with full-back Nacho Monreal clattering into the woodwork.

The Spaniard, so impressive since his January deadline move from Monreal, was replaced by Kieran Gibbs, who had been laid low by a virus this week.

With 15 minutes left, Arsenal made a double change as Gervinho went off to a standing ovation as he was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and fit-again German forward Lukas Podolski came on for Giroud.

England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain was soon in the thick of the action, latching onto a loose pass from Adrian Mariappa before charging into the penalty area, where he was clipped by the Reading defender. This time, Mr Foy did point to the spot, even if initial contact looked outside.

Mikel Arteta, captain again in Vermaelen's absence, made no mistake from 12 yards as Arsenal chalked up a sixth win in the last eight league games.


Form Guide

    DWWWLW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Reading
  • WLLLLL

Last Meetings

  • Reading
  • 2 - 5
  • Arsenal
  • 17/12/2012
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 0
  • Reading
  • 19/04/2008
  • Reading
  • 1 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 12/11/2007
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 1
  • Reading
  • 03/03/2007
  • Reading
  • 0 - 4
  • Arsenal
  • 22/10/2006

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • SG Cazorla 11
  • T Walcott 11
  • O Giroud 9
  • L Podolski 8
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • P Mertesacker 2
  • M Arteta 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • NE Monreal 1
  • A Oxlade-Chamberlain 1

Reading

  • A Le Fondre 7
  • P Pogrebnyak 5
  • JB Kebe 5
  • H Robson-Kanu 4
  • N Hunt 2
  • S Morrison 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • D Guthrie 1
  • A Mariappa 1
  • G McCleary 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 87
    • Goals per game 55
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 11 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Reading

    • Total goals 67
    • Goals per game 35
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 9 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 9 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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