Gunners blast seven

Arsenal mounted an incredible comeback from 4-0 down to win 7-5 after extra time at Reading in a truly extraordinary League Cup fourth-round tie at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday.
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Theo Walcott was the hero, claiming a 95th-minute equaliser to force extra time and then slamming home past Reading’s Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici in the last minute of the extra period to complete his hat-trick after 120 unforgettable minutes of football.

”There were so many turning points,” Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said. ”You cannot play for Arsenal and give up. The players understood that at half-time. Give them credit, they responded very well.”

The win enabled the Gunners to take their place in the last eight for the 10th successive season, but Reading coach Brian McDermott – a former Arsenal player – was left to wonder how victory had eluded his side.

”It was suicide what went on in the second half and extra time,” he said. ” ”It was extraordinary. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Reading tore into Arsenal from the off, with Sean Morrison heading against the post after two minutes. The onslaught did not let up, and the hosts were 3-0 up after 20 minutes.

Noel Hunt’s header made it 4-0, before Walcott dinked the ball over Federici to score his first in first-half injury time.


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