Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Reading
The Royals are seven points adrift of safety as former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins takes charge of his first game after being appointed on Tuesday.
By Chris Teale
Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla , Podolski
Kelly, Mariappa, Pearce, Shorey
Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, McCleary Robson-Kanu
Arsenal was 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.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Arsenal has won just 36 percent of their Premier League games without Jack Wilshere (pictured) in the side, compared to 56 percent with him.
- The Gunners have not yet lost a game in the Premier League that they have taken the lead in.
- Arsenal has 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 has lost nine of its last 10 away matches in the Premier League.
- Reading has lost its 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 has conceded more Premier League goals against Arsenal than any other opponent in the top-flight.
Top 3 Predictions
Arsenal 3-0 Reading
- 22.05 %
Arsenal 2-0 Reading
- 13.98 %
Arsenal 3-1 Reading
- 11.6 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Mar 30, 2013||Arsenal 4 - Reading 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Dec 17, 2012||Reading 2 - Arsenal 5|
|Capital One Cup (CCUP)||Oct 30, 2012||Reading 5 - Arsenal 7|
|Mar 8, 2014||Arsenal 4 - Everton 1||FA|
|Mar 1, 2014||Stoke 1 - Arsenal 0||EPL|
|Feb 22, 2014||Arsenal 4 - Sunderland 1||EPL|
|Feb 19, 2014||Arsenal 0 - Bayern 2||UCL|
|Feb 16, 2014||Arsenal 2 - Liverpool 1||FA|
|9||Adam Le Fondre||Striker|
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