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Premier League

  • 30 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 60082

Arsenal - Reading Preview: Adkins seeks success in first game in charge

The Royals are seven points adrift of safety as the former Southampton boss takes charge of his first game after being appointed on Tuesday



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Ramsey, Arteta
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla , Podolski


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Arsenal were dealt a fresh injury blow on Thursday after midfielder Abou Diaby was ruled out for around nine months with a knee ligament problem.

Theo Walcott is out with a groin injury, while Jack Wilshere is still sidelined with an ankle problem. Kieran Gibbs is also doubtful due to illness.

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has been injured since the beginning of the month but may make the bench for this game as he regains full fitness following an ankle injury,

Reading boss Nigel Adkins, who is taking charge of his first game this Saturday, is likely to be without Danny Guthrie due to a knee issue and Jimmy Kebe, who has a groin problem.

  • Arsenal have won just 36% of their Premier League games without Jack Wilshere (pictured) in the side, compared to 56% with him.
  • The Gunners have not yet lost a game in the Premier League that they have taken the lead in.
  • Arsenal have conceded just two goals after the 75th minute in Premier League games this season, the lowest in the league.
  • The Gunners have won all 11 of their previous meetings with Reading.
  • Reading have lost nine of their last 10 away matches in the Premier League.
  • Reading have lost their last five games, just two away from the worst run in the Premier League this season by any team, which the Royals also set.
  • Reading have conceded more Premier League goals against Arsenal than any other opponent in the top-flight.

Players to watch

A. Oxlade-Chamberlain

Position: Midfielder

Games: 3

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In the absence of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will look to provide much of the attacking impetus on the wings with his direct running and crossing ability. The England international scored against San Marino for his country and will be hopeful of replicating that display for his club side.

S. Taylor

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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For Reading, goalkeeper Stuart Taylor returns to the club where he began his career and will be keen to make a good impression as he continues to stand in for Adam Federici. He will need to be on top form to keep Arsenal players at bay.

Editor's Prediction

Reading will be hopeful of success in their first game under Nigel Adkins, as the former Southampton manager looks to galvanise his charges in their battle against relegation.

Regardless of their injury problems, Arsenal have enough depth in their squad to worry a Reading side who have been poor on the road this season.

Last Five Matches

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
Reading FC REA
Reading FC Reading

Top 3 Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
3 - 0
Reading FC REA
Arsenal FC ARS
2 - 0
Reading FC REA
Arsenal FC ARS
3 - 1
Reading FC REA