Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Reading at the Emirates Stadium saw the Gunners clinch their spot in the quarter-finals of the competition, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hitting both efforts for the hosts.
The England international scored one in each half, pouncing on a defensive mistake from Reading after 33 minutes before adding his second 13 minutes from time, finding the net after great build-up player from substitute Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal’s victory puts them in the hat for tonight’s quarter-final draw and the competition is really starting to heat up, as the remaining sides fight for the first major trophy available this season.
Following Arsenal’s win, we’ve identified five things we learned from the victory. In the numbers in the navigation bar below to advance through pages!
Oxlade-Chamberlain on fire
It may only be October but Oxlade-Chamberlain’s haul of five goals is his best ever tally for the Gunners, with the England international suggesting this may finally be the season where he breaks through to become a regular in Arsene Wenger’s side.
The former Southampton man has heavily struggled with injuries in the past and has lost a first-team spot to Alex Iwobi this season but the Nigerian’s lack of defensive work has left the door open for Ox’s return- and with this sort of form in front of goal, he can’t be overlooked for too much longer.