EFL Cup - Fourth Round
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Arsenal 2-0 Reading

Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored against Nottingham Forest in the previous round of this competition
Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored against Nottingham Forest in the previous round of the competition

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored twice as Arsenal extended their unbeaten run with a hard-fought EFL Cup win against Championship side Reading.

The England midfielder opened the scoring when he skipped into the box and drilled into the bottom corner.

Reading almost equalised when Callum Harriott's deflected shot landed on top of Emiliano Martinez's goal.

Arsenal dominated after half-time, with Oxlade-Chamberlain's deflected shot completing a 14th game without defeat.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, has struggled to hold down a regular starting place in Arsene Wenger's first-choice side during their fine start to the campaign.

He has completed 90 minutes on just two occasions this season, but staked his claim for a bigger role with the standout performance in a much-changed Arsenal team.

While there was little to remind the Emirates Stadium crowd of Arsenal's memorable 7-5 win when the teams met in this competition in 2012, it maintains the Gunners' hopes of winning the League Cup for the first time since 1993.

Reading acquitted themselves well for the most of the contest, but were put on the back foot when a sloppy pass from keeper Ali Al-Habsi allowed Oxlade-Chamberlain to win back possession high up the field and then open the scoring.

Al-Habsi partially redeemed himself with several saves after the break, but was powerless to stop the second which deflected off Royals defender Jordan Obita to seal victory.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

"Alex has looked nervous in front of goal and now we hope this will build his confidence.

"He has been working really hard in training. That is now showing on the pitch.

"His concentration and his focus have improved, he is much sharper and he will continue to do well.

"(To start games in the Premier League) he needs to keep playing like that."

Reading boss Jaap Stam:

"I think we tried to get the result but, playing Arsenal, they have quality in a very big squad.

"They can make it very hard and that is what they have done today.

"We wanted to push them up and make chances. We have done it a couple of times but then sometimes we gave the ball away as well.

"It is a very good team, we knew it wasn't going to be easy.

"We wanted to win but I think the players need to learn from (that game) to improve their chances going forward."

Line-ups

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Martinez
  • 25Jenkinson
  • 5Gabriel
  • 16Holding
  • 3Gibbs
  • 35Elneny
  • 55Maitland-Niles
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forZelalemat 80'minutes
  • 17Iwobi
  • 31Reine-AdelaideSubstituted forGiroudat 66'minutes
  • 9PérezSubstituted forWillockat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Giroud
  • 37Bielik
  • 38Bola
  • 40Zelalem
  • 54Macey
  • 65Sheaf
  • 68Willock

Reading

Formation 4-3-3

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 30WatsonSubstituted forGravenberchat 68'minutes
  • 16MooreBooked at 79mins
  • 24Blackett
  • 11Obita
  • 4van den BergSubstituted forQuinnat 80'minutes
  • 38Kelly
  • 6Evans
  • 12McClearyBooked at 76mins
  • 14Samuel
  • 15HarriottSubstituted forKermorgantat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Swift
  • 17Wieser
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 19Meite
  • 21Quinn
  • 28Gravenberch
  • 40Moore
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
59,865

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamReading
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 2, Reading 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Reading 0.

  3. Post update

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Liam Kelly (Reading).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Quinn (Reading).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Quinn (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dominic Samuel (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel (Arsenal).

  13. Post update

    Dominic Samuel (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Rob Holding (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Gedion Zelalem replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Stephen Quinn replaces Joey van den Berg.

  18. Post update

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Booking

    Liam Moore (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

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