By Chris Harris
Andrey Arshavin believed Arsenal could complete a famous comeback at Reading even when they trailed by three goals at half-time.
The Russian playmaker was a key figure at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night, conjuring up three assists as Arsène Wenger's side came from 4-0 down to win 7-5 after extra time.
Arshavin set up two goals for Theo Walcott and the first of Marouane Chamakh's brace, and he says the first Arsenal strike - seconds before half-time - gave them hope.
"I think it was important that we scored one goal before half-time because it helped us believe that maybe it was possible," Arshavin told Arsenal Player.
"I think we showed spirit because you cannot come back from 4-0 down if you don't have spirit. Also I think we were lucky and the referee added extra minutes and we equalised at the end of stoppage time.
"I did not feel frustrated but everything was going wrong and everything was going well for Reading. They got in the necessary positions where they could score and they did it.
"To be honest I did not think about when we had to equalise, I just felt that if we had the chance and God will help us, we will make a draw! He helped us and that's why we scored in the last minute.
"I have lost twice 7-1, once I lost 8-3 and once I won 9-3 and now 7-5. But this game was one I will remember always because it was from 4-0 down and I don't think anyone here believed that we could come back. But we did it and we deserved to win."
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