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Whatever it was they were doing in Reading, Arsenal won it



That was one writer’s reaction to what happened at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, England, where the Capital One Cup contest between the Royals and visiting Arsenal just ended. The final score was 7-5, Arsenal – the most goals in a league cup match since 1996 (thanks @InfostradaLive).

And the scoreline doesn’t come anywhere close to describing how epic this match was.

Starting with an opener from Jason Roberts in the 12th, Reading rattled off four goals in 25 minutes, building a huge lead thanks to Mikele Leigertwood, Noel Hunt, and an own goal credited to Laurent Koscielny. Theo Walcott pulled one back during first half stoppage time, but holy crap – four goals against Arsenal in a half? The Gunners have allowed only six in nine Premier League matches this season.

Past the hour mark, it looked like Reading would be fine. Even after substitute Olivier Giroud cut the lead to two in the 64th minute, there was little reason to worry. Arsenal was as frantic as any desperate team would be, but minutes before full time, the score remained 4-2.

Then Koscielny scored in the 89th minute – into the correct goal, this time. It was 4-3, and when stoppage time rolled around, there was Walcott again. With a goal that could have only been scored with the permission of Alex Ferguson himself, Walcott equalized in the 96th minute, sending the match to extra time tied at four.

Just before the first break, forgotten striker Marouane Chamakh put Arsenal in front only to see Pavel Progrebnyak pull that back five minutes from time. At the 115-minute-mark, it was 5-5.

But then stoppage time happened, again. And there was Theo Walcott, again. His third goal of the night (each coming after the fourth official had raised his sign) put Arsenal in front 6-5 in the 121st minute. When Chamakh added another two minutes later, the Gunners had their winning margin.

As Okwonga notes, the turns, expectations and denials of this match were trolling of the highest order, particularly from Walcott. One amazing, unforgettable troll.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.