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  • 30 October 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 23980
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Reading - Arsenal Preview: Gunners enjoy 100 per cent record against Royals ahead of Capital One Cup clash

Reading - Arsenal Preview: Gunners enjoy 100 per cent record against Royals ahead of Capital One Cup clash

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The north London side have tasted victory on every occasion against the Berkshire outfit but will be looking to make several changes to their regular Premier League line-up

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

READING

McCarthy
Cummins, Mariappa, Gorkss, Shorey
Robson-Kanu, Guthrie, Leig'wood, McAnuff
Pogrebnyak, Roberts

ARSENAL

Martinez
Jenkinson, Djourou, Koscielny, Miquel
Yennaris, Coquelin
Walcott, Arshavin, Gnabry
Giroud

Brian McDermott has named strong sides in the Capital One Cup so far this term and are expected to do so again as he eyes a shock win at home to the Gunners.

Jem Karacan will not feature after picking up a knee injury that will see him ruled out for the next six weeks, while Noel Hunt will be assessed on a knock ahead of the tie.

With no other injury concerns, the Royals have several options. Hal Robson-Kanu could come into the side on the left flank after scoring Saturday's last-minute equaliser against Fulham.

Arsene Wenger typically uses the competition to rotate his squad and he will likely follow suit after a hard-fought win over QPR at the weekend. Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere both made comebacks from long-term injuries in the clash with the Rs but are highly unlikely to feature at the Madejski.

Youngsters Nico Yennaris, Francis Coquelin and Serge Gnabry could be given a chance to shine against Premier League opposition, while more experienced stars Andrey Arshavin and Theo Walcott, who is returning from a rib injury, may be allowed to prove their first-team credentials.

The Gunners will definitely not field Abou Diaby, Kieran Gibbs (both thigh) or Tomas Rosicky (Achilles). Wojciech Szczesny (ankle) has missed several games recently and this is set to come too early for a return for the Pole.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Reading and Arsenal have faced each other nine times in their histories, with the Gunners coming out on top every single time.
  • If he features, Noel Hunt will be making the 375th appearance of his club career.
  • The Royals have found solace in the Capital One Cup this season, having won both their ties so far, while they are yet to taste victory in the Premier League.
  • Only one visiting side has won a game at the Madejski Stadium so far this season - Tottenham.
  • Arsenal have won the League Cup twice, in 1987 and 1993.
  • Theo Walcott (pictured right) scored his first Gunners goal in a League Cup tie - 2007's final against Chelsea.
  • Arsene Wenger's side reached 2011's final but were denied by a last-gasp Obafemi Martins goal as Birmingham City took the trophy.

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Available Squads
1Adam FedericiGoalkeeper
2Chris GunterDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
15Sean MorrisonDefender
17Kaspars GorkssDefender
8Mikele LeigertwoodDefender
12Garath McClearyMidfielder
19Hal Robson-KanuMidfielder
16Jay TabbMidfielder
10Noel HuntStriker
30Jason RobertsStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
26Alex PearceDefender
23 Ian HarteDefender
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
9Adam Le FondreStriker
-Simon ChurchStriker
-Damián MartínezGoalkeeper
5Johan DjourouDefender
48MiquelDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
14Theo WalcottStriker
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
44Serge GnabryStriker
55James SheaGoalkeeper
18Sébastien SquillaciDefender
40Héctor BellerínDefender
48Jernade MeadeDefender
-Thomas EisfeldMidfielder
58Nicholas YennarisMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
Players to Watch
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Russian's physical style is typically a useful weapon against the Gunners and Pogrebnyak, in tandem with Jason Roberts, could cause problems for a backline that is likely to feature some names not regularly seen on Arsenal's first-choice team sheet. The former Fulham man has scored in both of Reading's League Cup games this season and will want to continue his streak.
Serge Gnabry
Serge Gnabry
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 44
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Germany Under-17 international has looked to make a breakthrough into the Gunners' side in recent weeks, featuring as a substitute in the League Cup mauling of Coventry, and the defeats in the league to Norwich and Champions League at the hands of Schalke. The former Stuttgart trainee is lightning quick on either flank and his fleet-of-foot style could light up the evening.
Prediction

The Royals have played out two thrilling ties in the League Cup so far this season, but they face tough opposition in Arsene Wenger's Gunners. The north London side scraped past QPR on Saturday, but with several players set to come in eager to prove themselves, the away side should have enough about them to pick up a win.

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