Arsenal 4 – 1 Reading, an easy win for the Gunners by KJ
This was a routine win for the Gunners who punished Reading from the off and were unlucky to not score more.
We started the game off very strongly with our quick movement and passing. Wenger opted to go for Gervinho over Alex Oxlade Chamberlain on the wings and the first goal of the game vindicated his decision. The Ivorian peeled off Reading’s defence and managed to net Cazorla’s cross-come-shot. It’s two goals in two games for the maligned forward. 1 – 0.
We were rampant in the first half but were struggling to put away our chances. We had a ridiculous 15 shots at goal in the first half alone but there was definitely worries that it was going to be “one of those games”.
Fortunately, our Spanish magician Santi Cazorla put our worries to rest with a beautifully crafted goal. Gervinho passed it to Cazorla on the edge of the box and the Spaniard gently caressed it into the near post. 2 – 0.
From a Reading corner, we somehow managed to get Gervinho one on one with their defender but had to slow down play as there was no way he was going to get a chance at goal with his limited skill set. This allowed Giroud to sprint into the box. Gervinho subtly dribbled on the edge of the box that drew the remaining three defenders towards him before passing it Giroud who made sure the ball ended up in the net with a nice shot that skimmed the grass as it beat a diving Taylor. 3 – 0.
As you’d expect, we fell asleep and somehow managed to let Reading score a goal as some dodgy defending by Nacho Monreal saw Kanu (not the former Arsenal player!) head the ball into the net. It was a real bummer as it was a great performance by the team let down by a momentary lapse by Monreal. 3 – 1.
Fortunately, this didn’t faze us and a newly substituted on Chamberlain managed to win a penalty with his first touch of the ball. It was a brilliant dribble to be fair. Arteta coolly dispatched the spot kick. 4 – 1.
It was a great win that was the perfect tribute to late Arsenal legend, David ‘Rocky’ Rocastle.
We are now only 2 points behind Chelsea and 4 points behind Tottenham (with a game in hand). Up the Arsenal!