By Walter Broeckx
As this game was not live on my sports channel I had to open my computer to see the game. I thought why not write down my thoughts as they happened during the game? A new Untold way of covering all that involves Arsenal.
4 mins: Giroud header too straight and too difficult. Tactics are clear already: park the bus and hope for a counter against our normal tactics of attacking play. No time for fancy footwork or back heels please when we could start a counter.
7 mins: the Emirates erupt in remembrance of Rocky. Great to hear.
10 mins: Gervinho in space, to Giroud who tries to shoot but gets blocked, ball goes to Cazorla who puts it in front of goal and Gervinho puts it in the net. 1-0 to the Arsenal! Was he level or just offside? Replay is not conclusive, let’s keep this for the ref review then.
14 : Reading give the ball away, Cazorla shoots but blocked. A bit later nice cross from Sagna after a nice move but Gervinho heads it wide. Use that forehead my friend! Free kick for Reading then and Fabianksi claims comfortably. Streams jams a bit. Come stream use your bandwith.
18: Giroud on his own on the keeper, Giroud first on the ball, keeper brings him down and ref gives no penalty??? That is a penalty ref. How on earth can you not give this? And a yellow for the keeper. Bimey.
20: corners to Arsenal. Stream jams. Just back to see Gervinho break with no other option but to shoot but wide. Good pressure from the Arsenal midfield on the Reading players. Another possibility but Reading clear for a corner. Some appeals for handball from a Reading player but nothing given.
26: lovely work down the middle between Giroud and Cazorla and at the moment of the shot I lost connection. Still 1-0 when I get it back. Lost the sound though. Break from Reading but Fabianski claims the cross. Half an hour gone and Arsenal lead 1-0.
32: yellow card against Guthrie for bringing down Rosicky. Come on Gunners time to score a second one. Shot from Gervinho but blocked and then a foul on Gervinho. Santi maybe? Going for the cross and comes to nothing. Tempo is dropping a bit for the moment from Arsenal. Foul on Ramsey the from Leitgerwood ref stops play but no card? Surely that was a card ref.
37: Rosicky to Ramsey but his shot is blocked in to a corner. Stream jams. Another attack Gervinho to Giroud back to Gervinho, shot blocked comes to Cazorla who just shoots wide. Still only 1-0. Then a Dino adverts pops up so I can only see us half missing another chance. FFS score that second goal! Possession of last 5 mins pops up 95% to Arsenal.
Another chance this time for Gervinho who shoots over the cross bar. Ref refuses to give a foul against Reading on the edge of the penalty area. 1-0 at half time and that is a poor representation of what could be seen on the field.
Half time scores Southampton-Chelsea 2-1. And Swansea – totts 0-2. As I said before the Carling cup curse is hitting Swansea hard.
Second half: we’re playing in Tony his seat now. Come on show him some goals!
48: ok here we go. OOOOh Santi Cazorla. I don’t know what, when, why or how as my laptop overheated and went down. And before I could start up my backup we were 2-0 up.
Pressure and more pressure from Arsenal and Gervinho just can’t reach a cross. A few good moves from Arsenal but just nog good enough.
58: Reading with a not given offside chance but Koscielny to the rescue and clears in a corner. Ball bounces around after that not correct corner but Fabiansky claims the shot well.
62 cross from Sagna but the header from Gervinho goes wide. Foy then tries to spoil the Arsenal fun by inventing a foul. It is starting to rain om my screen but also some sunshine out there.
65: nice attack down the left but the pull back from Gervinho is intercepted. Reading counter and big Per with a great block. Corner to Reading, Arsenal win it back, Gervinho counters waits for support and then spreads it to Giroud who scores with a low shot. 3-0 to the Arsenal!!!! That is more like it and already a better indication on how this game has been played.
68: Oh well we don’t need to fall asleep don’t we? Cross to the second post fro Reading and Robson-Kanu scores a goal for Reading. Monreal is down injured. He slid against the goal post it seems. 3-1
Podolski, Gibbs and Oxlade are preparing themselves to come on it seems. Gibbs comes on as a first sub in the place of Monreal.
73: corner to Arsenal just headed wide by a Reading defender in to another corner. Gervinho goes off for Oxlade and Podolski comes on for Giroud after 75 minutes.
76: Oxlade-Chamberlain with his first run and brought down in the penalty area, this time the ref gives it. Arteta behind the ball and GOOOAAALLLLLL. 4-1 to the Arsenal. What a great run from The Ox that was. Replay showed it might have been just outside or on the line. Oh well that was for the not given one in the first half.
80: some great ticitaca from Arsenal but Arteta was just offside. What a one touch football that was. Rosicky is surely enjoying himself out there.
82: what was that? Are we feeling sorry for Reading? First a great shot from Ramsey and a great save by Taylor and then Rosicky wasting a golden chance.
The players who came on did very well and Arsenal stay well well on top. Sagna with a little bit of pain but he can play on but not really comfortable.
It is more keeping the ball with some tempo changing for Arsenal. 3 minutes of extra time. Per with a great sprint back after a corner when nothing was one. Responsible!
Chance for Gibbs in extra time but he was offside it seems.
Oh well it doesn’t matter anymore. We win 4-1. The totts also win 1-2 at Swansea but the big shock comes from Southampton that beat Chelsea with 2-1.
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