An evening at the Madejski Stadium – Capital One Cup

October 31, 2012 by   Filed under: Arsenal FC, Capital One Cup

Having arrived at the desired location around 5:05pm before the game with my son I have already spotted Steve T with his kids in Arsenal gear making their way towards the Holiday Inn where Holic and the others have agreed to meet. I thought one thing, it was a real shame I couldn’t sit this one out with Arsenal fans but hey I never imagined what was about to happen and show us exactly why we really love this game and Arsenal for that matter and most of all why you should NEVER under no circumstances leave the game before the final whistle!

For this game I had to sit with the Reading fans unfortunately I could not get an away ticket so I managed to get some on general sale through Reading FC. Being very local made a lot of sense at the same time and I was convinced we would walk away with a win without much effort. How wrong was I?

It was an absolute pleasure to meet Holic once again and the other Holics for the very first time.

After a quick pint at the Holiday Inn we made our way towards Madejski, at this point I had to leave the Arsenal party and keep my promises and take my little one for some well deserved fast food. We ate in haste I would say we had about twenty minutes by the time we stood in the massive queues and sat down to consume our tasty little chickens.

We got to our seats with about two minutes spare, the game started I was well up for this one and as I have already mentioned above I was wondering how long it would take before we score.

I suppose it goes to show that us fans can take the opposition for granted too. Reading has certainly started on the bright side. Our passing was awful we could not string few decent passes together and to be honest made Reading look very decent. Away fans sang and my heart was with them all way. Reading scored, I felt a numb pain in head but quickly recovered and thought nothing to worry about, they added the second my heart felt it too. Third I thought this was going to be a very big ask and when the fourth went in I seriously thought the game was all but over. They nearly scored a fifth and that thought just overwhelmed me completely. We seemed to have calmed a bit, passing started to be a bit more precise and they started making some movement at last. A through ball to Theo and it’s 4:1, half time please.

Second half started and we made a bit more effort and almost got rewarded for it. For me it was simple if we left them space they would punish us every time they would get the opportunity. We scored the second then I believe 5 minutes from time we scored the third. It was 90 minutes and a second or maybe third minute of extra time. At Madejski the clock stops after 45 so you really don’t know how much time is left. I decided for us to leave (how wrong was I again?) to beat the traffic etc. We were about 600 yards from the stadium when I heard a roar a massive roar from the Arsenal fans and instantly we made our way back to our seats. A police officer confirmed it to me that Arsenal just made it four all, Oliver and I sprinted back to the stadium to make sure we are not late for the start of the first extra time and what happened next you already know I’m sure. What a win, what a game? I reckon you will see this kind of game once in your life. Shocking first half, please let’s not even go there, however we showed spirit, fight and determination when we really had to!

This game taught me two things, first of all NEVER leave game before the final whistle and secondly NEVER sit with the opposition fans again. I wanted to shout and scream when those two late goals went in. I wanted to celebrate with all the fans in the south stand as they went crazy, Oliver caught my attention:

Daddy I want to sit and sing with the Arsenal fans please….

Next time my boy next time indeed!


12 Comments on "An evening at the Madejski Stadium – Capital One Cup"

  1. 'holic on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 2:41 am 

    Nice one Arthur. Great to meet you again. Give my best to Oliver. He’ll remember tonight for ever.

  2. ArthurTheGooner on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 2:45 am 

    Thanks Holic the pleasure was all but mine! See you soon and don’t forget about the PHP5 question 🙂

  3. elkieno on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 3:39 am 

    What can I bloody say? 
    Im From down under so the game kicked off at 6:40am and it was on setanta for Christ sake! We just had a baby girl (Olivia 8m) to to save money I had to sacrifice setanta cos it really is shit plus FA cup are now on espn so no brainer. Man if only i could have argued it for couple more weeks longer. In saying that aftr 35 min I was glad I had canceled it. 
    Anyway I left home for work (2-0) with arseblog live updates going and by tine I got to station it was 4-0 and I was dreading the fall out from the result. After theo pulled one back arseblog said ‘comebacks on now!’ surely a joke? Or is he in the know?
    Training it in to work, thru all the black spots I couldn’t get a continous flow going so had to rely on Mates that were watching and the rare non black spots! 
    Needles to say a bunch of people wil be saying some crazy dude was fist pumping and yelling in the train this morning, wonder why? Poor souls don’t understand do they?
    Anyway I got to work and the game was still going and my phone was bout to crap itself, so loaded up BBC live text, woeful really so late in the texts when compared to arseblog.  The game was 5-5 and almost over but BBC had 4-5 so I was a bit confused there. 
    Anyway I didn’t get to watch it but hopefully I will be able to find a replay on net tonight. So to sum it all up,
    AAArseenaal FC,
    We’re by far the greatest team,
    The world has ever seen!

  4. Kevin on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 4:13 am 

    Lets not get silly about this, THIS WAS STILL AN EMBARASSMENT

    Yes we came back BUT this was READING who are third from BPOTTOM of the EPL who haven’t won a game this season, who have lost to Chelsea,Sp*rs, WBA, Liverpool for goodness sake!!!

    All this match proved is how far we are from the top and how poor Reading are! Wenger has the luck of the devil at the moment, first again QPR who are BOTTOM of the league he is spared the embarassment of a 0-0 draw at home by a dubious offside decision, and tonight he is spared the embarassment of going out of the League Cup by a referree who allowed 2 extra minutes over and above the added time allowing Walcott/ to equalise.

    So before we praise the side for the comeback and alow Wenger off the hook – look at the rational side in that we have just played 2 of the BOTTOM 3 clubs and only just mahanged to scrape a result in both game, hardly performances of a supposidely “Top Club”

    This team was full of first team squad players, supposidly ones who will have to be a major part of the season – the likes of Koscielny, Arshavin, Walcott, Giroud, Jenkinson, Gnabry, Coquelin and probably Fringpon are immediate replacements for those in front of them….but last night it proved that all of them with exception of Walcott are nothing other than average players pretending to be something better than they are! Koscielny consitantly prove that he is a poor defender, Coquelin was terrible, Arshavin poor Fringpon labourious, Jenkinson was given the run around. The others that made up the side were even worse, Miguel caught out continually, Djourou as poor a defender as you will see, Chamakh rubbish, Martinez inexperienced and showed it!

    The only reason we won was that we were fitter than Reading, they ran out of steam and that allowed our pace and fitness to overwhelm them, plus this was a typical scenario whereby a team 4-0 up relaxes thinking “job done” which as we learned last year against Newcastle, it is never that way and once you relax it is very difficault to regain the initiative.

    Utd Saturday will not be so forgiving, neither will Sp*rs the following week and I don’t know about anyone else but I am not looking forward to either game with any true conviction that even with all of our players available we would be able to avoid 2 defeats…I hope I am wrong but we shall see!!!!

  5. debislyv on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 6:52 am 

    well said kelvin.. Your remark about some first team player being average was off-mark. I think Giroud was fantastic, everybody thought theo’s goal in the first half spark the comeback, i’d say olivier’s goal actually did, and wit some great runs and shots to raise the spirit.. OlivierG was awesome yesternight, Conquelin gave his all to the team, he played way beyond his age, 120 minutes gone, he’s still full of energy, his runs were perfect, and it seems to like he’s the only one in the team who can still make another 30minutes… Reading’s position does not sum up their performances, and i must say, this is a cup match not league.. Teams like that have less or nothing to loss, so they always go all out for it, remember, a certain leeds united beat manchester united some season’s ago, man city were humbled at home by aston villa.. To be fair i think the game was evenly matched, arsenal’s starting eleven starting their first game together.. They deserve more than that kelvin

  6. Goonerjon on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 8:46 am 

    Indeed never leave before the end..hopefully a lesson for the early departure brigade behind me at the Emirates.I too was with Reading fans and it was an object lesson in remembering that what you say (and shout) after 20 minutes may come back to haunt you after 120 minutes (or even more). Not sure they will recover from that for the rest of their season but what the heck……

  7. elkieno on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 10:07 am 

    Kelvin you are the embarrassment for sure.
    A CUP game, like all cup games nothing is s foregone conclusion, instead of taking the negative points, why not look to the positive that’s wat a fan does. You should take a leaf out of our away fans for they were the 12th man tonight. It was not our fitst team by a long shot do you eve watch football, let alone the Arsenal?
    If we win anything this year I bet you will rubbish it unless we beat city, UTD, Chelsea to it and even then prolly find something to whinge about…

  8. jasper on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 3:28 pm 

    u are a complete idiot…wat else do u expect 4rm dis team?

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