Arsenal vs Reading Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on March 29, 2013

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Premier League action gets back underway this weekend after the two-week international break and Arsenal welcome relegation-threatened Reading to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

The ‘Interlull’ came at a bad time for us in truth. Tottenham had lost their last two games to Liverpool and Fulham and we’d just started to pick up a head of steam after beating Bayern Munich and Swansea, so it would have been interesting to see how things went if the international break hadn’t come around.

The results leave us four points off fourth-place with a game in hand and with Spurs facing a tricky trip to the Liberty this weekend, victory over Reading is vital to maintain the pressure and hopefully take advantage of another slip from our rivals.

We’ll be up against a Reading side who’ve just installed Nigel Adkins as manager after the sacking of Brian McDermott so hopefully we don’t succumb to ‘New Manager Syndrome’.

The visitors sit 19th in the table and seven points from safety while we’ve won all 11 of our previous meetings with the Royals, so understandably we’re strong favourites to win the game.

Team News

We’ve been hit with some bad injury news ahead of the game. Jack Wilshere is ruled out after being given more time to recover from an ankle injury while Theo Walcott picked up a thigh injury while away with England. Both men are expected back to face WBA next week though.

Midfielder Abou Diaby has been ruled out for up to nine months with anterior cruciate ligament damage to his left knee. It’s devastating news for the lad but I really can’t see any way back for him now at Arsenal. He needs to move on as soon as he’s fit in my opinion.

Kieran Gibbs is also a doubt after being struck down with sickness so Nacho Monreal is on standby to step start. Lukas Podolski and Bacary Sagna are both back in contention, although I’d like to see Carl Jenkinson retain his place at right back.

The big question marks will be whether Arsene Wenger decides to recall either Wojciech Szczesny or Thomas Vermaelen. Both have been dropped for the last two games and with clean sheets being recorded in both, it would be hard to argue if the boss stuck with Lukasz Fabianski and Laurent Koscielny.

New Reading boss Nigel Adkins is able to call upon the services of Pavel Pogrebnyak after the striker completed his three-match ban. Former Gunner Stuart Taylor is expected to start in place of the injured Adam Federici in goal, while Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts are also on the sidelines.

Likely Line-Ups

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Predicted Score

With 19 goals shared in our two meetings with Reading this season, it’s fair to say we should expect goals on Saturday. Despite some injury worries, Arsenal are still capable of putting out a strong team and one that should see-off the visitors with ease as long as we put in a professional display. Arsenal 3-1 Reading

What would be your starting eleven and whats your predicted score for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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20 Comments

  1. fataisaheedolamilakan

    March 29, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I want ramsey out of the line up rosicky should start the game up gunners

  2. bob

    March 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    i like the set up looks balanced for a change!

  3. vela

    March 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Up gunaz we nid a new coach

    • ik davids

      March 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      I don’t tink Τ̲̅hǻτ̲̅ should be the talking point for now. All we need now, is to build the confidence that we have been lacking and fight for our birth right which is 4th position.

  4. Gunner boy

    March 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Its so annoyin seein Giroud week in-week out playing for Arsenal…..jeez forget statics rubbish..dat guy is thrash..I wonder why Arsenal dare insult d likes of Gervinho nd Arshavin….if dey play regular like Giroud nd Walcot I bet they wud perform better…Plz don’t tell me about he’s stupid statistics..

  5. zakariyau jelyll

    March 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I need Roscisky in dis game possibly Ahsavin. Up Gunaz

  6. donald chuks

    March 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I think d line up is ok, we can deal with dis low reading.

  7. Allen

    March 29, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Stupid Wenger shd give gervihno and Podoski chance instead of Girond it is bcos they are both french? Dat is totao rubbish

  8. heniorla

    March 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Mr Wenger if arshavin and gervinho are your son how would you feel?

  9. ik davids

    March 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I just wish the gunners don’t fumble against the royals 2maro

  10. olyray

    March 29, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    we need rocisky at d centre???wenger shld av known dat without walcot ,giroud is more useless y nt arshavin or gervinho frm d wigs nd podosky as d main man????

  11. Alexis

    March 30, 2013 at 12:04 am

    My only change would be Rosicky for Ramsey.

  12. Ayanle

    March 30, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Guys why do always say Ramsey should not start in place of Rosicky? The two have completely different roles in the current formation even though they are both midfielders. Ramsey is more of a box-to-box midfielder while Rosicky is an attacking midfielder. Rosicky plays in the same position as wilshere and cazorla but not Ramsey. Take that point home guys.

    • Reggie

      March 30, 2013 at 3:04 am

      I hope they’ll listen to you..such a valid point(s) you make!

  13. Rashid

    March 30, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Szczny-jenkison-vermaelen-koscielny-monreal-arteta-chamberlain-cazorla-rosicky-giroud-gervinho

  14. Rashid

    March 30, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Ramsey replace rosicky

  15. AYODELE

    March 30, 2013 at 2:57 am

    I think the formation is a littld bit ok. But i think prof should start TR7 instead of Ramsey.

  16. ademola

    March 30, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Mr wenger consider d hand ban u gave 2 verminator, and gv him chance, 4 now fabiaski is d rt man. Up gunner’s

  17. Hassan

    March 30, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Ramsey is never a DM (box 2 box), he only plays there wen we dn’t have option. He has also played at right back position, so wld u cal him a defender?

  18. yakubu m.odah

    March 30, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Arsenal 2-1 reading

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