Capital One Cup

October 30, 2012



5 - 7


Capital One Cup

19:45 +00:00, October 30, 2012

Madejski Stadium, England

Referee: K Friend

Wenger: Today was like a tennis match

Arsene Wenger admitted he had not experienced anything like Arsenal's 7-5 extra-time victory over Reading in the Capital One Cup in his career.

"You always see new things in our game, that's why it's never boring," he told Sky Sports 2. "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. The first goal, 4-1, was important, and when Giroud and (Thomas) Eisfeld came on and we moved to 4-2-4 we created chance after chance. Then we scored the miracle goal in the last minute. You cannot play for Arsenal and give up. They responded very well and showed they are at the right place."

On Walcott's performance, Wenger added: "He did very well tonight, I know he's a great player. Many players did well, but Theo scored goals and was efficient."

Reading had reasons to feel aggrieved late in the 90 minutes, with Koscielny twice lucky to avoid a second booking while Walcott's goal came more than five minutes into injury time when only four had been signalled by the fourth official.

Wenger's opposite number Brian McDermott said: "If it's four minutes, you don't mind another 30 seconds but not another two minutes. I was waiting for him to blow his whistle but he'll have his reasons."

Reflecting on his team's shocking collapse, he said: "The goal we conceded just before half-time (was crucial), we've got to clear that and make sure it's 4-0.

"I wasn't comfortable at 4-1, I don't know why but I just had that feeling. These have got good players and they hurt us. What happened tonight was extraordinary, I've never seen anything like that from Reading at the Madejski Stadium.''

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