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Cazorla hat-trick fires Arsenal to 5-2 Reading rout

Published on Dec 18, 2012 6:05 AM
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (from left) Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrate after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Reading and Arsenal at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, England, Monday, Dec 17, 2012. -- PHOTO : AP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla scored a hat-trick as Arsenal stylishly dismantled bottom club Reading 5-2 to move up to fifth in the Premier League on Monday.

Reading's lowly league position was reflected in their school-yard defending as Arsenal cut through the home team at will to open up a four-goal lead before the hosts briefly threatened to make a game of it late on.

Germany forward Lukas Podolski put Arsenal ahead after 14 minutes while Cazorla scored twice in the first half and once after the break as the visitors ran riot.

Adam Le Fondre grabbed what looked like a consolation before Jimmy Kebe briefly stirred the home fans to believe in an unlikely comeback before Theo Walcott wrapped up the match.

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