Reading 2 - 5 Arsenal

Match info: Premier League at The Madejski Stadium

Date: 17/12/2012 KO: 20:00 Ref: A Taylor Att: 24,125

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Reading

Adam Le Fondre 66
Jimmy Kebe 71

2
vs
5

Arsenal

Lukas Podolski 14
Santi Cazorla 32,34,60
Theo Walcott 80

FT (ht: 0-3)

 

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  • That's it! Arsenal have gone a long way to stem the flood of recent criticism with a comfortable win that takes them up to fifth in the Premier League. Santi Cazorla was brilliant as he scored a hat-trick and ran the match from the centre of midfield. The signs are worrying for rock-bottom Reading though, who desperately need to shore up their defence.

    90+3
  • Giroud cannot control a strongly-hit cross from Podolski and the ball goes over.

    90+1
  • McAnuff had the chance to get through on goal but could not get the ball out of his feet. Three minutes of added time.

    89
  • The 'Oles' come out from the travelling Arsenal support as the Gunners knockit around at the back. Game is as good as done.

    87
  • McCleary shows his pace by steaming past Gibbs but nothing comes of his cross.

    86
  • The last change of the night sees Walcott taken off for Giroud.

    84
  • Cazorla is taken off to be replaced by Coquelin. The Arsenal fans give him a huge ovation. He has been incredible.

    82
  • Cazorla now plays it in for Podolski, who smashes one to the keeper's near post but it is quite a way wide in the end.

    81
  • That definitely is it now, Cazorla ran forward and slotted in the striker, who coolly slotted home left-footed into the bottom corner.

    79
  • GOAL - WALCOTT!

    79
  • Arsenal slowing things down now. They are still fairly dominant in the centre of the park but must be careful.

    77
  • Tabb is booked for pushing Wilshere from behind in an aerial challenge.

    76
  • Ramsey comes on for Oxlade-Chamberlain shortly after Kebe was taken off for McCleary.

    73
  • Szczesy spills a dangerous cross but Arsenal clear. The Gunners then go down the other and and Cazorla draws a brilliant save from Federici. It's all happening now!

    72
  • Wilshere is booked after a collision with Gorkss. Looked like two high feet to me but the Arsenal player is penalised.

    71
  • The Arsenal defence are caught ball watching as Robson-Kanu dribbles to the edge of the box before playing in Kebe, who was in space and onside, for a cool finish. Surely not a comeback?

    70
  • GOAL - KEBE!

    70
  • Gibbs gave the ball away after an awful pass across his back four. Tabb picked it up and plays in Le Fondre, who rounded the keeper and slotted in what is surely a consolation.

    65
  • GOAL - LE FONDRE!

    65

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