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Throwback To When Coquelin And Giroud Threw Their Shirts Into Crowd And Asked For Them Back

Throwback To When Coquelin And Giroud Threw Their Shirts Into Crowd And Asked For Them Back

It's exactly five years since one of the all-time great comebacks in English football took place, but more importantly, it's also the anniversary of the time Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin forgot the rules of the League Cup.

At the Madejski Stadium, on October 30 2012 a below par Arsenal were destroyed by Reading in the first half of the cup tie and were 4-0 up down after 35 minutes - goals coming from Jason Roberts, Laurent Koscielny (OG), Mikele Leigertwood and Noel Hunt.

Theo Walcott scored just before the break and then Olivier Giroud struck in the 64th minute. With just a minute remaining, Reading looked to have done their job and sealed the win.

However, Laurent Koscielny scored Arsenal's third just before the 90th minute and Walcott levelled matters shortly after with a goal deep into stoppage time.

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As the final whistle of normal time sounded, the Gunners French pair Giroud and Coquelin were under the impression that like in an FA Cup tie, where the game goes to a replay, the game was done and dusted and they'd now host Reading at the Emirates in a second meeting.

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However, as we all know, the League Cup doesn't operate using the same format and so the game went to extra time. But thinking the game was over, Giroud and Coquelin went over to the travelling Arsenal supporters and threw their shirts in the crowd.


It wasn't, of course, and so when they found out they had an extra half-an-hour to play, the dodgy duo had to go and ask for their shirts back.

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In extra time, Marouane Chamakh struck for the visitors in the 103rd minute, though things were all-square again when Pavel Pogrebnyak headed past Damian Martinez.

But after that, Arsenal were dominant, with Walcott taking the match ball with a third and final strike, coupled with Chamakh getting on the scoresheet for a second time in what was a crazy, memorable game.

Image: PA

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Topics: Francis Coquelin, Reading, Arsenal, Olivier Giroud

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