Gabriel produced a seriously impressive skill against Reading

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put in a Man of the Match performance for Arsenal against Reading in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.

The English winger scored a goal either side of half-time to send the Gunners through to the quarter-finals.

But the award for best skill of the night - if such an accolade existed, of course - has to go to Gabriel. No, really.

The 25-year-old defender - who, lest we forget, is Brazilian - produced a magnificent piece of individual skill shortly after half-time.

But did he mean it? If he did, it’s surely one of the most impressive skills of 2016. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).

Video: Gabriel's skill v Reading

Gabriel starts off by beautifully offloading to the ball to Carl Jenkinson with a cushioned chest pass before receiving it again without it touching the ground.

Aware that one of the Reading players was closing him down, Gabriel flicked the ball with his heel over both their heads - while spinning at the same time - before instigating an attack.

“Goodness me, Gabriel,” the commentator, sounding pretty stunned by what he’d just witnessed, said.

Gabriel will probably find himself back on the bench when Arsenal take on Sunderland on Saturday, but he can be pleased with his night’s work.

Wenger pleased with his side's performance

“It was a dynamic game between two teams who tried to play passing football and build up the game from the back,” Arsene Wenger told reporters, per Arsenal’s official website, after the match. “For me, it was also good to see some young players who practise every day with a top team, and also give them a chance with the other players who needed competition.

“It was positive. It was an interesting game which we were able to win in a comfortable way in the second half.”

Did Gabriel mean his skill - or was it a total fluke? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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