Gunners' 4-goal Cup rally shocks Reading
Arsenal staged a stunning League Cup fightback at Reading after trailing 4-0 in the first half on Tuesday, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 7-5 extra-time victory after Theo Walcott scored a hat trick.
Some Arsenal fans left in the first half after seeing Reading dominate against its Premier League rival.
It was a tennis match today. They had a fantastic start, we were not sharp and it was 4-0 and could have been one or two more. ... You cannot play for Arsenal and give up.” -- Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger
"It was an unbelievable game. I'm absolutely knackered now," Walcott said.
But Walcott completed his hat trick and Chamakh grabbed another in the closing exchanges to ensure Arsenal advanced.
"You always see new things in our game, that's why it's never boring," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "It was a tennis match today. They had a fantastic start, we were not sharp and it was 4-0 and could have been one or two more. ... You cannot play for Arsenal and give up."
Three Premier League clubs -- Southampton, Sunderland and Wigan -- were beaten by lower-league opposition.
The biggest shock came at Wigan where fourth-tier Bradford won 4-2 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie. Southampton lost 3-0 to Leeds, which got goals from Michael Tonge and El-Hadji Diouf and a penalty kick by Luciano Becchio to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 1996.
Middlesbrough advanced when Scott McDonald scored in a 1-0 victory at northeast rival Sunderland.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.