READING (Sporting Alert) — Theo Walcott starts for Arsenal FC in tonight’s Barclays Premier League clash against Reading at The Madejski Stadium.
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Walcott had passed fit to play in the contest, following a calf injury, but it was believed manager Arsene Wenger would have started him on the bench at first.
However, the manager decided to start the contract rebel and left Olivier Giroud on the bench. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere all started as well.
Fit-again defender Laurent Koscielny and Gervinho were amongst the substitutes.
Arsenal are hoping to recover from last week’s shocking Capital One Cup defeat at Bradford.
Reading, meanwhile, have named striker Pavel Pogrebnyak in its starting line-up, but there was no place for the injured Jason Roberts.
Reading FC vs Arsenal FC
Arsenal FC: Szczesny; Sagna, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Chamberlain, Podolski, Walcott. subs: Mannone, Koscielny, Coquelin, Ramsey, Rosicky, Giroud, Gervinho.
Reading: Federici; Cummings, Shorey, Gorkss, Mariappa; Leigertwood, Tabb, Kebe, McAnuff; Hunt, Pogrebnyak. subs: Taylor, Gunter, Harte, Pearce, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre.