So the dust is finally setting after a dramatic night at the Madejski Stadium. Last night we witnessed twelve goals in a terrifically entertaining game, that was full of woeful defending, even worse goalkeeping and Marouane Chamakh scoring… twice.
Despite this, the Gunners proceed to the next round of the Capital One Cup and the hunt for silverware is still on.
Damien Martinez – 4
Though unfortunate with Morrison’s effort rebounding off him and in to the net, the young keeper had a night to forget. He was unconvincing all night and his shot stopping was even worse. This was typified by his weak attempt to palm away Leigertwood’s attempt which ended up sailing over him and in to the net.
Carl Jenkinson – 6
A decent enough night for Jenkinson who has played well for the first team in Sagna’s absence. After initially being a little shaky, he improved throughout the night, but still needs to work on his efforts in the final third.
Johan Djourou – 5
Another unconvincing performance from the Swiss centre back. He was beaten all to easily in the air and struggled to cope with the strength of Jason Roberts and Pavel Pogrebnyak. Still looked clumsy.
Laurent Koscielny – 5
Even his goal in the 89th minute couldn’t mask his poor performance. As an experienced starter, he had a particularly poor first half, scoring an own goal in the process. Got himself booked and was lucky not to pick up a second later in the game.
Ignasi Miquel – 5
The young Spaniard was given the runaround by McCleary and struggled all game to keep up with him. He was eventually substituted in extra time. Not a great night but he will hoping for another chance in the next round.
Frances Coquelin – 6
The midfielder had a decent enough game and his composure grew as the game went on.
Andrey Arshavin – 7
The little Russian played some sublime through balls during the game and looked dangerous he received the ball, willing to run at the opposition. He has become somewhat forgotten at the Emirates and has split the opinion of the fans. But I still enjoy watching him and his display showed the class he still possesses.
Emmanuel Frimpong – 5
The Ghanaian looked off the pace but this was to be expected after having just returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Eventually replaced after 60 minutes, he will be hoping to work on his match fitness and make more of an impression next time.
Serge Gnabry – 6
The young German has quite the reputation and it was exciting to see him start the game. He showed glimpses of the quality he has but at 17 we shouldn’t expect too much.
Theo Walcott – 8
Walcott had an excellent game, worrying the Reading defence with his pace. His finish just before half time was well-taken and he then went on to grab a hat-trick. Without him, the Gunners would have been dead and buried.
Marouane Chamakh – 7
Another forgotten Arsenal man got a chance to prove his worth. Though he had a relatively quiet first-half, he livened up in the second period, linking up well with Giroud. Fired into a 5-4 lead with an excellent finish and later killed off Reading with a perfect lob. Chamakh showed the qualities that first attracted Arsenal to him and will be hoping for some first-team action in the league.
Thomas Eisfeld – 6
Looked composed and at home in the centre of midfield. Showed his excellent array of passing.
Jernade Meade – 5
Had little time to make an impact but would have been happy to make his Arsenal debut.
Olivier Giroud – 7
Made an immediate impact when he came on, scoring a fantastic header to make it 4-2. Had more chances later on and gave the ball to Chamakh for the Moroccan’s first strike. Continued to impress throughout and seems to be growing in confidence.