Arsenal hosted Reading in the League Cup on Tuesday, a game in which Arsene Wenger was not reluctant to test a few youngsters and give some game time to players who seemed a bit undercooked for Premier League action.
Arsenal saw a comfortable 2-0 win in the end, where they caused constant problems to the Reading defence through their attacks from wings and some wonderful interplay in the opposition’s half.
So let’s have a look at who was Arsenal’s ‘Man of the Match’.
A) Jeff Reine-Adelaide
The young lad was backed by Wenger to mark his first start of the campaign, and he looked really sharp. His confidence and control on the ball was wonderful to witness. He showed nimble footwork and did not seem afraid to take on players. Well done Jeff! If he keeps this up, he may stop being a substitute and find his way into the starting XI, albeit Mesut Ozil is standing in his way.
B) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Arsenal’s constant threat till he got substituted, Oxlade-Chamberlain was all over the pitch. On the wings, he was lighting quick and Reading defenders had little answer when he came knocking. His first goal represented what The Ox’s game has been missing: a clinical end product. His second goal was somewhat more fortuitous but he still deserved it. Chamberlain
Chamberlain has shown promise in his recent cameos but tonight, he played a superb game. At his best, Oxlade-Chamberlain is dynamic, quick and powerful, he showed all those today. Let’s hope he can keep this up.
C) Lucas Perez
Arsenal fans were delighted to see their new signing start at the Emirates and he did show promise. It’s absurd how he does almost everything with his left leg and is resistant to use his right, but he showed determination in his runs and was willing to get on the end of Arsenal’s attacks. He got into ideal positions at times, but could not end up getting his name on the scoresheet, although he should have. A promising yet tough night for the Spaniard.
Verdict: In a match to remember for Oxlade-Chamberlain, he is the undisputed ‘Man of the Match’ today. Arsene Wenger has some thinking to do with Oxlade-Chamberlain looking as fine as he is and Olivier Giroud’s cameo displaying he’s on his way back to full fitness.
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