The gap is now closed to two points with Arsenal closing down on a top four place, after an astonishing 4 -1 win over struggling Reading.

Some may have thought that this was going to be a difficult game for the Gunners but it was no such thing with their talent and quality showing even without players as Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott.

It was a strong one sided affair throughout the game and with only 11 minutes gone Gervinho opened the scoring with a close range tap in giving Arsenal a slight lead at half time.

The Gunners came out the second half with all guns blazing when Santi Carzola curled a sensational shot past Stuart Taylor from 18 yards out. Reading had nothing to offer other than a cross shot which Fabinaski saved easily.

It seemed too easy once Giroud fired home after 67 minutes, but Reading replied one minute later as Hal Robson-Kanu headed home from a cross by McAnuff to give Nigel Adkins a glimmer of hope after his first game with new club Reading.

Arsenal could only get stronger after Lukas Poldolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on and it was Chamberlain who drifted quickly into the box, and the referee did not need to think twice as he gave a penalty after the England man was brought down, which may have been outside the box. However Arteta stepped up and slotted home comfortably.

There was no chance Reading looked like adding to that after only having four shots overall, compared to the Gunners 23. Arsenal bossed the possession with 69 percent to Reading’s woeful 31.

It could have been more but I sure manager Arsene Wenger will be happy with the three points and look forward to the next game hunting down London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea.

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