Reading.

The Gunners lost to League Two outfit Bradford City in the Capital One cup last time out, leading to widespread criticism of the Frenchman’s ability.

Wenger demanded a strong performance from his team at the Madejski Stadium and was happy with the way in which they delivered:

“The target was to win in a convincing way. We focussed on playing the game. At 4-0 we had a little wobbling period. And at 4-2, after what happened last week, we became a bit uncertain. We lost a bit of focus and paid for it.” He told SkySports.

“But overall it was important to go out and play and give the right answer on the football pitch.”

Theo Walcott was deployed in his preferred central attacking role for the clash with the Royals, and Wenger was pleased with the ex-Southampton man’s contribution:

“In training sessions he has shown the abilities to play in this position – the timing of his movement – and for his first game I think he has done very well. There are very encouraging signs.

“We had pace, that was the target in the build-up to the game and overall we gave them many problems through that.”

Arsenal took the lead through Lukas Podolski, before Santi Cazorla netted a fine hat-trick.

The hosts looked as if they might have got back into the game through Jimmy Kebe and Adam Le Fondre, but Walcott added a fifth late on to complete the scoring.

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