Arsenal mounted an incredible comeback from 4-0 down to win 7-5 after extra time at Reading in the League Cup fourth-round tie at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday.
Theo Walcott scored in the 120th minute to put Arsenal 6-5 up at Reading’s Madejski Stadium before Marouane Chamakh added the seventh goal and advanced to the quarterfinals of England’s second-tier cup competition.
Arsenal was 3-0 down after just 20 minutes as scores from Jason Roberts and Mikele Leigertwood sandwiched Laurent Koscielny’s own goal.
Noel Hunt’s header in the 37th minute increased Reading’s lead but Walcott got Arsenal on the scoreboard in first-half injury time.
Arsenal substitute Olivier Giroud scored in the 64th minute and Koscielny headed in a corner kick in the 89th. Arsenal then tied it in stoppage time as Walcott’s shot appeared to cross the line before being cleared away to Carl Jenkinson , who fired home a shot to send the game to an extra 30 minutes.
After Chamakh put Arsenal in front in the 103rd minute, Pavel Pogrebnyak tied the game for Reading with five minutes left in the extra session. Walcott then put the Gunners back in front in the closing seconds and Chamakh sealed the win by lobbing a shot over goalkeeper Adam Federici.