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Monday, 19 March 2012

Arsenal v Reading CC 29.11.05

The much awaited mid week Carling Cup game against Arsenal, had Reading Fans scrambling for tickets. This was Arsenal’s last season playing at Highbury, so gave visiting teams and their fans, a last opportunity to play and support their teams at this historic ground.
It would also give Reading’s players a small taste of the type and standard of football they could expect if they were promoted to the Premier League.
Arsenal fielded five stars bound for the World Cup in the summer, and together with the rest of the Arsenal youngsters, proved to pacey to handle. With first half goals from Reyes and Van Persie, and a second half goal from Lupoli, Arsenal were 3-0 winners on the night.

Despite losing, the Royals came away with some useful experience and could still hold their heads high.

This defeat ended Reading's record breaking 23 consecutive match unbeaten run.

a prematch Arsne Wenger

A young looking van Persie celebrating his first hal goal

Ibrahima Sonklo clears the ball

ex Gunner Steve Sidwell in midfield

an impressive Almunia watched by Steve Sidwell

John Oster crosses the ball in front of the North Bank

Cygan sends Kevin Doyle flying

A despondent young Royals Fan

James Harper & Graeme Murty applaud the Reading Fans

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