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

By on December 16, 2012

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Arsenal play Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Monday night looking to get their season back on track after another disappointing week.

No doubt Tuesday’s Capital One Cup loss to Bradford was a low point of an already disappointing season so far, but it’s important the players pick themselves up and come back stronger, starting on Monday night.

Reading are in poor form and sit bottom of the league after QPR recorded their first win of the season on Saturday, so this is a must win game for us. Tottenham moved into fourth spot after narrowly beating Swansea 1-0 today and are now five points ahead of us, but we’ll move into fifth and just two points behind Spurs with a win tomorrow so we can’t let this opportunity slip.

Team News

Olivier Giroud is back in the squad and should start after missing the Bradford game with a back problem. Laurent Koscielny is also back after returning to training on Friday but Wenger is likely to keep faith with Mertesacker and Vermaelen in central defence.

Unfortunately Theo Walcott is still out with a calf problem. We’ve really missed Theo in recent games so hopefully he’s back soon. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to continue on the right side.

Andre Santos continues to be on the sidelines with a stomach injury while Abou Diaby wont be back until into the New Year.

Reading have Jason Roberts and Pavel Pogrebnyak back in contention but the pair are likely to be on the bench as they go with Hunt and Le Fondre up top. Jimmy Kebe and Jem Karacan are both close to returning to fitness but the game on Monday comes too soon.

Danny Guthrie is expected to be on the bench after refusing to travel with the squad for Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat to Sunderland.

Likely Line-ups

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I’d like to see Tomas Rosicky given a start. He really changed the pace of our attacking game on Tuesday and linked up well with Cazorla and Wilshere, but i think Arsene might keep him on the bench and bring him on if needed.

Predicted Score

Nothing less than three points will do. We can’t afford any more stupid slip-ups. If we play with intensity and determination, our superior quality will take care of the rest. I’m going to back the boys to respond on Monday and get the win. Reading 1-3 Arsenal. COYG!

What would your team be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.

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12 Comments

  1. Stuart

    December 16, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Szczesny
    Sagna mertesacker koscielny gibbs
    Arteta vermaelen
    Chamberlain wilshere cazorla
    Podolski

    • Habdoolvatai

      December 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Hi pal, u av used three(3) central defence whc we need win against dis bottom team, i want Wenger 2 use double striker(Oliver & Podoski) in front.

  2. tom

    December 16, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Schesny
    Sanga bfg vermalin gibbs
    Arteta wilsher
    Rosicky
    Ox casorla
    Giroud

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  4. edward owen

    December 17, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Cant see where our next win will be.

    • Goonerboyo

      December 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Couldn’t agree more eEdward Owen.
      No confidence in the team or any individual’s ability to pull up the standard of the team to the required level of performance.
      Another disappointing evening in prospect.

  5. Arsenal fan

    December 17, 2012 at 1:38 am

    If Reading play on the counter,it could be another Swansea game and we know what happened.The gunners attack is too predictable and slow. Why not go direct and speed up the attack?The element of surprise is not there.You will be surprised what an unexpeced shot can do.
    That is why opposing teams can mass the defence and hit on the break. Hull comes to mind. If Wenger is not careful,he will be another Rogers. Liverpool pressed most of the time but lost even though they had more shots at goal.

  6. Allen anpes

    December 17, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I pray that they play and win the match successfully without Theo.

  7. TH Lim

    December 17, 2012 at 5:18 am

    can arsenal score tonight with their toothless attack???? i doubt it….but, still hope their prove me wrong tonight.

  8. Toye

    December 17, 2012 at 6:58 am

    3 points is guarranteea if only he did nt start ramsey.

  9. Toye

    December 17, 2012 at 6:58 am

    3 points is guarranteed if only he did nt start ramsey.

  10. measho

    December 17, 2012 at 7:53 am

    ……………..szezeny……………………………………………………jankinson…m.saker….kocleny….vermalin…………………………………………..arteta…….j.wilshe…………………………………………………………….rosisky…………………s.cazorila……………….podolisky………………groud…………………

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