Hamann, Parlour, the Ox & more: Twitter reacts to Arsenal revival
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ray Parlour both tweet their thoughts as they see their beloved Arsenal win 7-5 against Reading
Theo Walcott scored twice as Arsenal completed a remarkable comeback to win 7-5 against Reading in extra-time and move into the fifth round of the Capital One Cup.
Arsene Wenger’s men trailed the Royals by four goals after a blistering opening 40 minutes from the home side, before Walcott netted to prompt an Arsenal revival, with Carl Jenkinson scoring 94th-minute leveller to allow the Gunners to win in extra-time.
Here is the best reaction from the professionals after an unforgettable match at the Madejski Stadium.
Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) wishes his team-mates good luck – they’d need it: “Good luck to the boys tonight versus Reading… Gutted I’m still injured and can’t play. #COYG #AFC”
Celebrity Gunners fan Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) is gobsmacked as the north London outfit concede three inside 19 minutes: “0-3. #Arsenal in meltdown (again). This is getting utterly, humiliatingly, ridiculous. #IvanTheTerrible”
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) is impressed by Reading’s start to the fourth-round encounter: “Wow, Reading are not messing about here….3-0 up against Arsenal after 20mins….”
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) is distraught: “Embarrassing now! Can’t believe this. What an opportunity for the fringe players to give Arsene Wenger a selection headache. No chance of that!”
But ex-Liverpool striker Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) is glad to see the tactic he’s been touting has paid off: “Told you weeks ago, Walcott on the shoulder, with service will score goals!! He can finish!! With Santi Cazorla providing the bullets for Theo and if he beefs upper body strength (a la Jermain Defoe), he’s a natural finisher. Thats what I mean!”
Team GB hurdler Dai Greene (@DaiGreene) sees the irony in Arsenal’s goal: “Wow! Reading have some skills. Quite ironic that Arsenal score from winning the second ball after a hoof up field!”
Former Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock (@RealRazor) can see Reading collapsing at 4-2: “If Arsenal get one in the next five minutes, Reading could fold !!”
Rangers striker Lee McCulloch (@jiggymacc6) praises Jason Roberts with the score at 4-3 in the 93rd minute: “@JasonRoberts30 unreal tonight big man!! Love watching you as much as I did playing with you! #pacenpowerngoals”
But Arsenal’s Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) is delighted to see Carl Jenkinson net a dramatic leveller: “YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m shaking i’m buzzin soo much!!!”
Southampton’s Billy Sharp (@billysharp10) is delighted for the Gunners: “Buzzing for Arsenal,great comeback. #thatswhywelovefootball”
Newcastle striker Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) is enjoying the spectacle: “What a game between Arsenal and Reading!”
Leicester striker Paul Gallagher (@Gally_7) enjoys a comical moment away from the action: “Two Arsenal players throw their shirts in to the crowd at full-time, but had to ask for them back to play extra-time haha ..!”
Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann (@DietmarHamann) is worried for the Royals’ relegation prospects as the Gunners make it 5-4: “Some comeback from Arsenal …got to worry about Reading if you can’t defend a four-goal lead versus Arsenal second string!”
Former Bradford City manager Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) is stunned as Reading equalise: “5-5 – Pog scores for Reading, what a game!!”
Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) can’t believe the scoreline: “Wow, is this Arsenal game for real???”
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) is speechless: “Wow Reading versus Arsenal!!”
Doncaster Rovers winger David Cotterill (@cotterill_david) hails the cup tie: “7-5!!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable game going on! One of the best games I’ve ever seen!!”
Finally, ex Reds captain Phil Thompson (@Phil_Thompson4) questions the referee’s decision to allow five minutes of stoppage time: “What has Kevin Friend done at Reading – a full minute over time and only one substitute, another poor decision by the officials.”