Reading 2 Arsenal 5: We played like we used to, says Jack Wilshere

Reading 2 Arsenal 5: Jack Wilshere hails the Gunners' display as the north Londoners move up to fifth in the Premier League table

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Jack Wilshere claimed that Monday’s electric performance brought back memories of the “old Arsenal” after a comprehensive victory at Reading.

Lukas Podolski set the Gunners on their way with his 14th-minute opener, before Santi Cazorla marked a sparkling display with a hat-trick at the Madejski.

With Arsenal 4-0 up, Reading halved the deficit through Adam Le Fondre and Jimmy Kebe.

But Theo Walcott, deployed as a lone striker by Arsene Wenger, stroked home to add gloss to a win that moves the Gunners up to fifth in the Premier League table.

“It’s been a tough week,” Wilshere told Sky Sports. “It was a disappointing result [at Bradford in the Capital One Cup]. We knew we had to come here and be strong against a strong Reading team.

“We knew they were going to be up for it but we showed great character tonight. Theo [Walcott] and Santi [Cazorla] were a different class.

“We saw the ‘old Arsenal’ tonight in some patches. Obviously we have to tighten up defensively, we gave a few sloppy goals away.

“But it was great with Theo up front and Oxlade-Chamberlain on the wing and we played some of our old stuff tonight. We need to continue that going forward.”

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