Coquelin and Giroud.

What Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin did at full-time of Reading 5-7 Arsenal

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Five years ago saw one of the craziest matches English football has ever seen.

The League Cup isn’t very highly regarded in terms of importance but it threw up an absolute classic between Reading and Arsenal that will live long in the memory for everyone that witnessed it.

Reading were 4-0 up after 35 minutes but Arsenal came back from the death in the second-half to somehow force extra-time.

Now, English cup competitions often confuse players and managers that have arrived from foreign land.

They are often confused that League Cup matches go into extra-time and penalties rather than penalties - while the semi-finals are played over two legs. Then there are the FA Cup matches that go into a replay up until the quarter-final round - which then go into extra-time and penalties.

And five years ago, two Arsenal players completely forgot about the rules and regulations.

After Arsenal had secured a 4-4 draw in normal time thanks to Laurent Koscielny’s 89th-minute goal and Theo Walcott’s 96th-minute equaliser, their players were jubilant.

But Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin got a bit carried away.

At full-time, they went over to the Arsenal fans and threw their shirts into the crowd to thanks them for their support.


What happened next was hilarious.

After being told that there was extra-time, Giroud and Coquelin had to go back and ask for their shirts back. Imagine being those supporters who thought they were taking home one of their heroes shirts only to have to hand them back.

Watch: Giroud and Coquelin make a big mistake

Take a look:

With Giroud and Coquelin with their shirts back on, Arsenal eventually ran out 7-5 winners thanks to two extra-time goals from Marouane Chamakh and Walcott, who completed his hat-trick.

They won’t be making that mistake again.

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