Arsenal's stellar attack on Reading leads to comeback win

ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger said he was proud of the Gunners' remarkable 7-5 extra-time comeback win over Reading in the Capital One Cup.

Arsenal was 4-0 down after 35 minutes to the Royals, who looked on target for a quarter-final spot.

But a Theo Walcott goal just before the break inspired his teammates, and second half goals to Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Walcott again in the 94th minute made it 4-all at the end of normal time.

Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici's wretched start to the season continued as Marouane Chamakh (2) and Walcott again rounded off a remarkable night despite Pavel Pogrebnyak equalising with Reading's fifth goal.

It was the first time in its history Arsenal had recovered from three goals behind to win.

In other ties, League Two outfit Bradford City shocked EPL side Wigan - winning 4-2 on penalties after the game finished 0-0 after extra time.

Aussie Scott McDonald scored the only goal as Middlesbrough beat north east rivals Sunderland, while Championship outfit Leeds United was too good for EPL opposition, beating Southampton 3-0.

Aston Villa scraped home 3-2 at League One's Swindon.

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