The comeback certainly spared Arsene Wenger from a media grilling about his players’ commitment that night although Arsenal were dumped out of the same competition last week by League Two Bradford City and the knives are currently out for the Frenchman again.
The Gunners are already eighteen points behind leaders Manchester United and nothing less than victory will suffice in this match, with the bookies prepared to offer a best price 7/10 (Paddy Power free bets) about the visitors claiming a third away win of the season in the Premier League.
Most of Arsenal’s away games have actually been low-scoring affairs this term, with just fourteen goals scored in eight road trips and Wenger would be delighted with a fortunate 1-0 scoreline to help his team rise towards the Champions League spots.
Reading are now rock bottom of the division after QPR managed a first win of the season on Saturday although Brian McDermott will be encouraged by the way his team had Arsenal on the ropes in that League Cup clash and they also served it up to Manchester United recently before losing 4-3.
Stan James offer 9/2 about the Royals edging towards safety by landing all three points and they aren’t short of goals at home this term although are conceding an average of two at the Madejski and several of the visiting players might remember their way to goal here.
Another 4-4 scoreline can be backed at 250/1 although a 3-3 scoreline might not be out of the question at 3-3 considering the question marks over each team’s defence.