Arsenal vs. Reading: Match Preview and Team News

Scott Heavey

There's Premier League football tomorrow! Yayyayyyayyyyyyy


Arsenal vs. Reading
Kickoff: Saturday, March 30, 2013, 11 AM EDT
Emirates Stadium, London
Form: ARS LWLWW | REA LLLLL
TV: FoxSoccer 2 Go
SBN Reading Correspondence and Musings: The Tilehurst End

Wait, what's going on tomorrow?

Football, you say? Like, that sport that teams from different nations play against each other in the snow? Or is that the one that only kids under the age of 19 play against kids from other teams in other nations in far off places like Lake Como?

Oh, wait, what's that you say? Arsenal? Who're Arsenal?

Apparently this team called Arsenal are playing this other team called Reading tomorrow in something called "club football...the Premier League". Yeah; I don't know either. Huh! Should be fun!

According to Arsenal's official site, some players called Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere are too hurt to play tomorrow. The former picked up some sort of groinal region trouble in a game of football for England, while the latter has an ankle injury from something not-playing-for-England. Kieran Gibbs, another apparent employee of this football "club", has been sick for three days with the flu, and may not be available either.

What this means is that Arsenal will put the following lineup out there tomorrow most likely:

Fabianski
Jenkinson--Mertesacker--Koscielny--Monreal
Ramsey--Arteta
Cazorla
Ox--Giroud--Podolski

Starting Cazorla on the right and Rosicky in the middle could be fun times, too, but seems unlikely given Arsene Wenger's reluctance to use Rosicky in a starting role.

It will be interesting to note whether or not Reading start their leading goalscorer Adam Le Fondre tomorrow or use him off the bench, as well as what kind of impact new manager, and former Southampton manager, Nigel Adkins makes on the team. Given that two matches with Reading have ended with a combined score of 12-7 for Arsenal, it could get weird.

Match prediction:

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