Capital One Cup: Arsenal advance past Reading in 12-goal thriller

Aston Villa sneak past Swindon but Sunderland, Southampton and Wigan go out

Marouane Chamakh completes the scoring on an incredible night at the Madejski Stadium

Arsenal came back from four goals down to move into the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup with an incredible 7-5 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading had a superb start, scoring four goals in the opening 37 minutes thanks to Jason Roberts, Mikele Leigertwood, Noel Hunt and a Laurent Koscielny own goal.

Theo Walcott gave the Gunners hope just before the break and substitute Olivier Giroud made it 4-2 on 64 minutes with a header from a corner.

Koscielny scored another headed goal in the 89th minute before Walcott claimed his second deep into injury time to take the match into extra-time.

In extra-time, Marouane Chamakh put Arsenal 5-4 ahead, only for Pavel Pogrebnyak to qualise for Reading.

But Arsenal made sure of their place in the last eight with late goals from Walcott and Chamakh.

Aston Villa needed a last-gasp goal by Christian Benteke to ease past Swindon Town 3-2, Sunderland went down 1-0 to Middlesbrough, Leeds United defeated Southampton 3-0 while Wigan Athletic lost 4-2 on penalties to Bradford City.

Key Points

  • Arsenal reach quarter-finals of Capital One Cup with 7-5 victory over Reading
  • Aston Villa edge past Swindon Town to reach last eight
  • Sunderland, Southampton and Wigan exit at hands of lower-league opposition