17 Decmber 2012 | Madejski Stadium
Theo Walcott made a rare start to the Arsenal lineup as the gunners smashed 5 past a terrible Reading defence. It did look like that the comeback might be on when Reading pulled 2 goals back with Le Fondre and Kebe goals but Walcott scored the 5th to put the game to the rest. Podolski started the rout with a fine finish after that it was a Santi Cazorla show as he hit a perfect hat trick. Left foot, right foot and a diving header.
Arsene Wenger can breath a sigh of relief, at least till the next match.
Reading – Adam Le Fondre goal vs Arsenal (66′), Jimmy Kebe goal vs Arsenal (71′)
Arsenal – Lukas Podolski goal vs Reading (14′), Santi Cazorla goals vs Reading (32′, 35′, 60′), Theo Walcott goal vs Reading (80′)
Reading Starting Lineup – Federici, Cummings, Shorey, Gorkss, Mariappa, Leigertwood, Tabb, Kebe, McAnuff, Hunt, Pogrebnyak
Arsenal Starting Lineup – Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Podolski
Watch all the highlights below.