The trip to rock-bottom Reading is Arsenal’s first fixture since they were beaten in a League Cup quarter-final penalty shoot-out by Bradford City of League Two last Tuesday.
The Frenchman joked he would sign Lionel Messi of Barcelona next month to surprise his critics but made it clear he believed his players were good enough to prove the doubters wrong.
Arsenal have already played at the Madejski Stadium earlier this season, in a League Cup encounter. In that game they found themselves 4-0 down before launching an astonishing comeback that saw them go through 7-5 in extra time.
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