Arsenal 4 - 1 Reading

Arsenal kept up the pressure in the race for Champions League qualification with a 4-1 win over Reading at Emirates Stadium, which sent the Royals bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

Adkins' Reading outgunned at Emirates

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey (right) and Reading's Jobi McAnuff during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Reading Manager Nigel Adkins during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

To their credit, Reading continued to look for a way back into the match after the home side went 3-0 up, Laurent Koscielny needed to make a last-ditch tackle on Pogrebnyak.

Arsenal switched off, which allowed Reading to pull a goal back as Jobi McAnuff floated cross from the left was headed in at the far post by Robson-Kanu with full back Nacho Monreal clattering into the woodwork,

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud scores the third goal against Reading Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Royals fall to the Gunners onslaught

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky (left) and Reading's Mikele Leigertwood during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Ivory Coast international Gervinho, such a frustrating figure for the Gunners, set the hosts on their way after 11 minutes.

However, despite dominating possession, it was not until the start of the second half where the crucial breakthrough came again, this time Santi Cazorla sweeping home.

Olivier Giroud added a third following a quick break by Gervinho. Reading - who squandered a 4-0 lead against** **Arsenal in their home Capital One Cup tie earlier this season - started positively, as Mikele Leigertwood headed wide from a corner.

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