- Arsenal vs Reading – Capital One Cup
This was one of the most remarkable nights in League Cup history. Arsenal vs Reading in the Round of 16 of the 2012 Capital One Cup – Arsenal were the favourites in the tie, and they, expectedly, came out as winners. But the manner of the victory was far from convincing.
Jason Roberts, a Laurent Koscielny own goal, Mikele Leigertwood and Noel Hunt all were on target for Reading, as Arsenal went 4-0 down inside 35 minutes and were looking all set for an early exit in the League Cup.
But a Theo Walcott chip goal in the final minute of first half injury time revived hopes of an Arsenal comeback. After the restart, the Gunners were just superb. They attacked with confidence, and were rewarded for their resilience, as Giroud scored a wonderful header of a Walcott corner in the 64th minute. Arsenal searched for a third, and found it in the 89th minute, as Lorient Koscielny guided a header into the corner of the Reading goal to make it 4-3.
Still needing a goal to force the match into extra time, Arsenal started to attack with full force. And in the 95th minute, Walcott made it 4-4 with a controversial goal. The ball had clearly crossed the line, but the linesman failed to see that, but the ball was in the end turned in by Carl Jenkinson, who made absolutely sure that Arsenal pulled off an amazing comeback.
Arsenal took the lead in the match for the first time, as Marouane Chamakh found the back of the net. The drama was not over though, as Reading equalised through Pogrebnyak to make it 5-5. The match looked all set for penalties, but Arsenal took the lead in the last minute of extra time through Walcott, and then Chamakh made it 7-5 with a calm and composed finish over the keeper and sealed it once and for all for Arsenal, who entered the quarter-finals of the League Cup for the 10th successive season.