Arsenal rip Reading to pieces and keep pressure on top four

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The Arsenal top four train continues at speed as the season closes out. Reading came to the Emirates with a new manager, but certainly didn’t come armed with a new attitude. Yesterday, Arsenal made light work of a team who really lacked any redeeming features.

The game got off to a flying start despite us being without Diaby, Wilshere and Theo Walcott. Gervinho slotted into the starting which also saw starts for Rosicky and Ramsey. The opening goal was started by the Ivorian who played in to Giroud, he fed it outwide to Cazorla who fired what looked like a wide shot across the box which Gervinho managed to angle into the goal with a well timed run.

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Arsenal vs Reading: Preview

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Good morning! This post will be brief as I’m between computers. Basically, we’re all very excited about hosting Reading today. We’ve scored a shed load against them this year and we’ve conceded a similar amount. On paper we should be taking them to pieces but we all know that complacency is always our biggest enemy against the smaller sides.

On the injury front, we’ve no Jack Wilshere or Diaby in midfield. That means a likely trio of Cazorla, Rambo and Arteta. Not the most dynamic and not the most physical… but more than capable of keeping hold of the ball and controlling the game.

Up top I’m imagining a trio of Giroud, Podolski and Chamberlain will be the choice. Gervinho might slink into the starting 11, but based on form it has to be the young Englishman. At the back, we’ll likely opt for Fabianski in goal… with Jenks, Koscielny, Mertesacker and Monreal. Hopefully they’ll continue with the form that’s seen them take 2 clean sheets in a row.

Arsenal need to take the game to Reading. It’ll be open, but we need to control possession. They’ll be playing for a new manager today, so we need to be careful… complacency isn’t an option. 3 points is an absolute must.

Anyway, apolgies for the lack of content. Geoff is making a long awaited return to blogging later on this week. Catch you tomorrow!


Diaby facing retirement dilema | More Arsenal kit leaks | Valdes race hots up

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Happy Friday! Apologies for the late post, it’s a Bank Holiday over here and I took this morning out to recharge some seriously flat batteries.

So, the big, fat, massive news is that Abou Diaby is out for the next 9 months. He damaged his anterior cruciate ligaments in training and he’s finished for the season.

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