Reading 2-5 Arsenal Match Review by Ashley
Arsenal made it two league victories in a row, either side of a diabolical Capital One Cup game that saw us crash out to Bradford City.
Honestly I didn’t really know what to expect from Arsenal when they turned up to the majeski stadium. I thought the most likely sight would be a team that lacked confidence, teamwork ability and mental strength, however they proved me and I’m sure a lot of other people wrong.
We started the game strong with Podolski taking a Kieran Gibbs cross down well and placing it passed Reading Goalkeeper Adam Federici in the 14th minute. The gunners continued to press and after a nice bit of link up play, Cazorla dove in to score with his head. And the little Spaniard wasn’t done yet this half. 3 minutes later he grabbed his second goal, turning and shooting from close range to make it 3-0 to Arsenal with 35 minutes gone.
Afterwards we went focused more defensively as we went to close the first half with a very favourable score line. Arsenal also made the first impact in the second half, with Santi Cazorla scoring his 3rd goal of the game on the hour mark. At 4-0 Arsenal was comfortably in control but then we witnessed what seems to be a regular occurrence in recent seasons. We witnessed a 10 minute blip, in which the team lacked mentality and lost focus on the game. Conceding 2 goals in 5 minutes, got Arsenal fans worrying again, and rightly so having seen this team throw away leads far too often, however nerves were called when Theo Walcott cut inside after a well-placed pass from Cazorla, to finish past Fedrici and put Arsenal’s victory in the bag.
This game reminded me of the Arsenal of old. Convincingly scoring goals, controlling the midfield battle, fantastic playing style and it will be interesting to see if Arsenal can keep up this style consistently. Next up for the club is the Champions League draw on Thursday.