We're all hoping for a repeat of Reading v Arsenal from four years ago, aren't we?


You might not think the fourth round of the EFL Cup is worth getting excited about, but a glance at this week's fixtures will tell you otherwise.

Liverpool v Tottenham, West Ham v Chelsea and Manchester United v Manchester City all have the hallmarks of potential classics, but there's one repeat fixture from the competition four years ago that really caught our eye: Arsenal v Reading.

You might remember it started badly for the Gunners, all those moons ago.

This is Jason Roberts, celebrating his side's opening goal either by patting his badge or the Waitrose sponsor. Both great options.

Reading's Jason Roberts celebrates scoring - (David Davies/PA)
(David Davies/PA)

And here are Ignasi Miquel and Francis Coquelin, looking a bit glum, having gone 2-0 down courtesy of a Laurent Koscielny own-goal.

Ignasi Miquel and Francis Coquelin of Arsenal look dejected as Reading celebrate their second goal - (Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport)
(Tony Marshall/Empics Sport)

To round off the opening 35 minutes, goals from Mikele Leigertwood and Noel Hunt gave the Royals a 4-0 lead. Didn't see that coming, did you?

Noel Hunt scores Reading's fourth goal of the game - (Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport)
(Tony Marshall/Empics Sport)

But after a Theo Walcott breakaway goal just before the half was over, Arsenal's belief (and competence) grew. A fresh-faced Olivier Giroud made it 4-2 with 25 minutes to go...

Olivier Giroud heads in Arsenal's second goal - (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
(Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

...but it wasn't until the 90th minute that Koscielny added a third for the north London side. With four minutes of injury time, was an equaliser within the realms of possibility?

Laurent Koscielny heads Arsenal's third goal against Reading - (David Davies/PA)
(David Davies/PA)

Indeed, the magic of the League Cup was too strong to allow the game to peter out. With 95 minutes on the clock, Walcott nudged the ball over the line.

Theo Walcott scores Arsenal's fourth goal - (David Davies/PA)
(David Davies/PA)

The ball was cleared, before Carl Jenkinson smashed it in just to be sure. Sorry Carl, but Theo's shot had already crossed the line. Awkward...

Carl Jenkinson and Olivier Giroud celebrate Arsenal's equaliser - (David Davies/PA)
(David Davies/PA)

With the score at 4-4, extra time beckoned. Nobody told Olivier Giroud however, who threw his shirt into the crowd, only to have to ask for it back...

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud throws his shirt into the crowd - (David Davies/PA)
(David Davies/PA)

It was a strange old game, as is evidenced by Jernade Meade hurling himself through the air, here.

Arsenal's Jernade Meade flies over Reading's Sean Morrison - (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
(Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

And Arsenal looked to have found a hero in Marouane Chamakh, who found the bottom corner in style to make it 5-4.

Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh scores Arsenal's fifth goal of the night - (David Davies/PA)
(David Davies/PA)

But all was not over. The energetic Pavel Pogrebnyak gave Arsenal plenty to think about, and notched Reading an unlikely equaliser with just five minutes left.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny challenges Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak - (Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport)
(Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport)

Unfortunately for Reading, it was Arsene Wenger's men who had a little extra in the remaining minutes. First, Walcott put Arsenal 6-5 to the good...

Theo Walcott puts Arsenal ahead again - (David Davies/PA)
(David Davies/PA)

Before Chamakh finished the game in style with a sumptuous lob.

Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh scores Arsenal's seventh and final goal of the game - (David Davies/PA)
(David Davies/PA)

But Reading had the last laugh, after Arsenal were knocked out in the very next round by Bradford City - wasn't really worth the effort after all, was it Arsenal?