Arsenal marched through to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup with a 2-0 victory over Championship side Reading, in a match where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stole the headlines with a brace.
The England international pounced on an error from Reading after 33 minutes to open the scoring and doubled the Gunners’ lead 13 minutes from time with his second of the match, following superb build-up play from substitute Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal’s win saw them become one of the first of eight sides in the hat for the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup and gives the Gunners a strong chance of clinching the first major silverware of the season, which remains the only major honour in English football that boss Arsene Wenger hasn’t lifted.
Following the result, two-goal hero Oxlade-Chamberlain took to victory to celebrate his side’s performance in the win but was rather modest, making no mention of his goals and instead crediting his team-mates for a positive performance.
— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) October 25, 2016
Arsenal will find out their opponents for the next round after Wednesday night’s derby between Manchester United and Manchester City, with Liverpool, Hull City, Leeds and Newcastle joining the Gunners in the hat with their wins last night.
Three spots are up for grabs in this evening’s fixtures, which also sees struggling Sunderland face Southampton and a London derby between West Ham and Chelsea.