In this blog post, with only 4 days until Christmas, the last Capital One Cup Quarter-Final was played between Leeds and Chelsea, along with another match in the EPL on Monday night between Arsenal and Reading.
EPL Monday Night: Reading 2 Arsenal 5
This match was played at The Madejski Stadium, between the hosts Reading, who are stuck in a relegation battle in their first season back in the EPL where they find themselves in 20th place with only 9 points. They host an under-fire Arsenal side who crashed out of the Capital One Cup last Tuesday to League 2 side Bradford City.
In the 12th minute, the home side broke the deadlock thanks to a flash of genius by full-back Kieran Gibbs who weaved in and out past a defender on the wing before delivering an inch perfect ball into the box for striker Lukas Podolski to score after taking a touch before striking on the half-volley.
Podolski made an assist 20 minutes later in the exact same position as Gibbs but this time, his dipping cross found superb signing Santi Cazorla who did a diving header to double The Gunners lead.
It was 3-0 to the away side 2 minutes later when Walcott's cross into the box found the head of Gibbs who directed his header back towards the penalty area. The ball fell to Cazorla again, and he did not waste any time with a clean finish.
On the hour mark, Arsenal showed their old ways with a lovely pass and move action.
First, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had the ball at his feet. He played the ball to fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere, who played a through ball towards the wing for Podolski on the run.
Podolski cut inside the Reading defence before squaring the ball to Cazorla with an open goal to contend with to score his 3rd of the game and complete his hat-trick.
A mis-placed pass by Kieran Gibbs on the wing went straight to Reading midfielder Jay Tabb who ran on the counter attack before getting past Aaron Ramsey.
He split the Arsenal defence in half with a through ball straight to striker Adam Le Fondre who went around goalkeeper Wojiech Szczesny before tapping the ball into the net for a consolation goal in the 66th minute.
Arsenal's defensive cracks started to show, 5 minutes later when Hal Robson-Kanu passed the ball through to Jimmy Kebe who cooly slotted the ball past Sczczesny to make it 4-2.
Wanted winger Theo Walcott ended the match with a goal in the 80th minute after a great pass by Cazorla found him with space and time to pick his spot and finish to score his 5th EPL goal this season.
COCup Quarter-Final - Leeds 1 Chelsea 5:
This match was played at Elland Road, as Leeds hosted a down-beat Chelsea side who had lost in the final of the Club World Cup on Sunday against Corinthians in Japan, and had just come back from Japan on Tuesday fatigued and with morale low in the squad.
Thursday morning/afternoon's UEFA Champions League and Europa League Draws:
UEFA Champions League Draw:
Galatasaray vs Schalke 04
Celtic vs Juventus
Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
Shakthar Donetsk vs Borussia Dortmund
AC Milan vs Barcelona
Real Madrid vs Manchester United
Valencia vs PSG
Porto vs Malaga
Interesting Last 16 ties in this season's Champions League.
Looks as though the 2 last standing English teams are unfortunately out, unless United and Arsenal can provide shocks against two of the best sides in the world in Real and Bayern (respectively).
Barcelona, Dortmund, Schalke and PSG should all be able to cruise through, while Celtic will be hoping to carry on their amazing journey in the CL after beating Italian giants Juventus
Porto vs Malaga will be an interesting match as both sides are evenly matched.
My predictions for the Last 8: