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4 vs 1
Played
March 30, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 60082‎
 
11′ Gervinho
 
 
77′ (PG) Mikel Arteta
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 4-1 Reading

The Gunners romped to a comfortable win over the hapless Royals despite missing numerous chances, and closed the gap on rivals Chelsea in the race for the top four

By Liam Twomey at Emirates Stadium

  • Lukasz Fabianski
    133
    6
    3.00

    Lukasz Fabianski

    A glorified spectator as Reading failed to mount any meaningful attacks, he did what little he had to do without any real fuss.

  • Bacary Sagna
    128
    6
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Never troubled defensively by McAnuff on the flank, he was free to bomb forward to provide attacking width and allow Gervinho to drift dangerously into more central positions.

  • Per Mertesacker
    154
    5
    3.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Shackled an isolated Pogrebnyak with ease and made a nuisance of himself at set-pieces too.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    163
    5
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Often the spare man as Mertesacker tracked Pogrebnyak, he had almost nothing to mop up, and distributed the ball calmly and with assurance. Executed one superb covering challenge to deny the Russian after the break.

  • Monreal
    125
    12
    3.00

    Monreal

    Solid rather than spectacular on the left. Robson-Kanu never got into the game against him, but the former Malaga man failed to make any meaningful contribution going forward.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    195
    6
    3.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    Neat and tidy in possession, combining well with Cazorla and neatly finding pockets of space between the lines.

  • Mikel Arteta
    157
    6
    3.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Anchored things with assurance as Arsenal easily won the midfield battle. Helped himself from the penalty spot when Oxlade-Chamberlain was brought down.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    156
    17
    3.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Looked far more at home in the middle rather than shunted out on the left, picking sharp passes and timing his runs into the box well. Not much in the way of end product though.

  • Santi Cazorla
    203
    6
    4.00

    Santi Cazorla

    A danger wherever he flitted in the final third. Missed several presentable chances in the first half, but clipped a delightful curler past Taylor just after the break.

  • Olivier Giroud
    167
    24
    3.50

    Olivier Giroud

    Led the line intelligently and showed good awareness to play in the likes of Gervinho and Cazorla around the box. Also took his goal well, although he had the freedom of north London to rifle in.

  • Gervinho
    245
    15
    4.00

    Gervinho Top of the Match

    At the heart of everything Arsenal did well, scoring once and laying on a further two goals before departing to an unlikely ovation from the home crowd. There were still fluffed chances and exasperating moments, but this was a good Gervinho day.

Substitutions

  • Kieran Gibbs
    106
    4
    3.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Replaced Monreal with just under 20 minutes left, and had nothing to do.

  • Lukas Podolski
    125
    10
    3.00

    Lukas Podolski

    Came on for Gervinho with 15 minutes to go when the game was already won.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    157
    4
    3.50

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Made an instant impact when brought off the bench, intercepting Mariappa's wayward pass before drawing a foul from the former Watford man.

  • Stuart Taylor
    12
    18
    2.50

    Stuart Taylor

    Had little chance with any of the Arsenal goals, and made some good saves to prevent further embarrassment.

  • Nicky Shorey
    3
    18
    2.00

    Nicky Shorey

    Tormented by Arsenal's widemen all day, and failed to provide any dangerous attacking deliveries for his side.

  • Alex Pearce
    3
    16
    1.50

    Alex Pearce

    Bullied and out-thought by Giroud, and never had a handle on Arsenal's midfield runners.

  • Adrian Mariappa
    5
    24
    1.00

    Adrian Mariappa Flop of the Match

    Looked lost in the face of Arsenal's attacking movement, and capped a shocking display with a poor pass and needless foul to give away a penalty.

  • Stephen Kelly
    2
    16
    2.00

    Stephen Kelly

    Rosicky's tendency to drift inside meant he had no direct opponent, but he still didn't cover himself in glory.

  • Jem Karacan
    4
    15
    2.00

    Jem Karacan

    Worked hard but could not prevent Arsenal comfortably winning the midfield battle.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    3
    15
    1.50

    Mikele Leigertwood

    Gave away the ball in his own half with an attempted flick early on, and it proved a sad omen of things to come.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    6
    13
    3.00

    Jobi McAnuff

    His side's only bright spark, he never gave up and swung an excellent ball in for Robson-Kanu to head home.

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    11
    13
    2.50

    Hal Robson-Kanu

    Achieved little of note, save for meeting McAnuff's inviting cross with a brave header at the back post.

  • Danny Guthrie
    3
    15
    2.00

    Danny Guthrie

    Starved of the ball, his frustration got the better of him, and he was rightly booked in the first half.

  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
    4
    16
    1.50

    Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Had almost no service, and was withdrawn on the hour having had no impact on proceedings.

Substitutions

  • Garath McCleary
    2
    13

    Garath McCleary

    Came on for Robson-Kanu with 10 minutes left, but the damage had already been done.

  • Hope Akpan
    2
    12

    Hope Akpan

    Replaced Karacan with 15 minutes remaining.

  • Noel Hunt
    1
    14
    2.00

    Noel Hunt

    Played the last half-hour in place of Pogrebnyak, but fared no better.

Results
 
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Position
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18 6
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0