Walcott revels in ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal win
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott thrilled with 7-5 League Cup win over Reading
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott was still struggling to come to terms with a 7-5 victory over Reading in the Capital One Cup last night.
The Gunners appeared down-and-out at 4-0 down in the first-half, but Walcott got Arsene Wenger’s side back on track with his side’s first goal, and went on to score a hat-trick during a thrilling 120 minutes that knocked the Royals out of the competition at the fourth round stage.
Olivier Giroud, Marouane Chamakh (2) and Laurent Koscielny were also on the scoresheet for the visitors, who were impressive going forward and calamitous going back.
"It was an unbelievable game. I'm absolutely knackered now,” he told SkySports post-match.
"We've scored seven goals away from home – it was great going forward. Maybe defensively it wasn't great at times, but we're in the draw and that's what matters."
The England winger walked off with the matchball, but admitted he may have to give it back if the second of his three goals is credited to defender Carl Jenkinson.
Nicky Shorey scrambled to clear Walcott’s effort off the line, and whilst the ball appeared to be in, Jenkinson made sure for Arsenal when the ball came his way.
"I'd love to have goal-line technology to get the hat-trick but if they've not given it, then well done Carl," he added.
"I'll have to give the ball back to the referee!"
On the incident, Jenkinson mused: "I've wanted to get a goal and I'm just glad it's come there."
Either way, the north London side are now in the pot for the quarter-finals, and Wenger paid special tribute to the club’s loyal supporters during a match which started horrendously for the Gunners.
3-0 down inside 25 minutes, the vast majority stuck with their side, filling the Frenchman with pride on a night which could have been so very different.
"I'd like to give credit to our supporters because when we were 4-0 behind they stayed with us. To those who left, I give less credit," said the Arsenal chief.
"We went from disaster to pride because we came back in the second half with a decent performance.
"At one point all we had was hope because it didn't look like we'd go through. But we got the disastrous first half out of our system."