Arsenal 5 Reading 2

Why do the games I miss watching live always end up being good games for Arsenal? Monday night league football was a chance for Arsenal to heal the wounds inflicted by the Capital One Cup humiliation at League Two Bradford City with an impressive win at Reading. Lukas Podolski gave Arsenal an early lead and the Gunners were four up on the hour mark after Santi Cazorla became only the third Spaniard to score a Premier League hat-trick after Fernando Torres and Jordi Gomez. Reading, utterly outclassed, raised the prospect of the most unlikely comeback as Adam Le Fondre and Jimmy Kebe scored twice in the space of five minutes.

But Theo Walcott, impressive in the central striker’s role he sees as crucial to his Arsenal future, snuffed out any Reading optimism with a composed finish that sends Arsene Wenger’s side up to fifth place in the table. As an exercise in recovery after the misery of Bradford, this will have done Arsenal’s confidence and morale a power of good – and supports Wenger’s claim that his side still have plenty to offer this season – yeah in his dreams! I firmly believe that Arsene has to leave the club or undergo a massive change in outlook & tactics, especially when it comes to selecting players for the club and his reluctance to spend big, despite having the cash at his disposal.

With 27 points from 17 games played, Arsenal sit at the 5th spot – behind Tottenham, Chelsea, Man City & Man Utd in that order. At the most I see them finishing 3rd if, and that’s a big if, things go well for the Gunners by the end of the season!

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