Just when I thought Arsenal's Capital One Cup play couldn't get more tedious, I look at the score and I see that Reading is up on the Gunners 4-0. After seeing that score did I think Arsenal would rally back and win? Honestly, no. But I did keep an eye on the ever present score, which is something I've always done no matter how far down the Gunners are.
High drama is not even a strong enough way to describe this incredible match. Luck played its part; stars on both sides played their part; and good managing by Arsene Wenger was vital too. If any match ever exemplified the infamous phrase, "It's not over until the fat lady sings," this would be it.
Theo Walcott ended a dazzling comeback by Wenger's side to knock Reading out of the Capital One Cup in the last seconds of a stunner at Madejski-Stadium.
In Reading's remarkable nine-minute first-half run that put them up 4-0, Arsenal had to be distressed by their aggressive scoring. Jason Roberts, a Laurent Koscielny own goal and Mikele Leigertwood had to shock home fans when Reading surged 3-0 in mere minutes. Koscielny's own goal for Reading was very frustrating, but he made up for it by playing well for the Gunners after the mistake.
After Koscielny's recovery and Theo Walcott's goal in the 45th minute in extra time, the Gunners had hope. Olivier Giroud scoring in the 64th minute was the shift in Arsenal enthusiasm that got them back in the match. Giroud coming off the bench was huge and the Gunners seemed to play less tight when he contributed his score. Giroud almost hit a second goal but was denied by an exceptional save from the diving Adam Federici.
In the waning moments of extra time, when Walcott and Marouane Chamakh scored, I could not believe what Arsenal had accomplished in such a short time, breaking the 5-5 tie.
This match shot quickly to the top of the list of one of the most thrilling Arsenal matches of the season. It's too bad it wasn't against a Premier League competitor, like, say, Manchester United this weekend.
I'm sure those who run the Capital One Cup never thought they would get a match as thrilling as this one. I didn't think Arsenal had it in them to pull off such a comeback with this squad…I was so wrong.
David has been an Arsenal and Premier League fan for nearly a decade.
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