Reading have made an impressive start to their first season in the top flight.

The Royals have already picked up four wins from their opening eight games as well as a creditable draw against Manchester United and now sit eighth in the Premiership table.

Arsenal's visit to the Madejski Stadium rounds off a tough trilogy for the home side after consecutive visits of United, Chelsea and now Arsène Wenger's young side.

If previous encounters are a guide, the upper hand will lie firmly with Arsenal. Although the teams have met on just five occasions, the results have always been the same.

The teams have never met in the League, but in three FA Cup encounters and two League Cup clashes Arsenal have always emerged victorious.

Arsenal's record against Reading P W D L F A 5 5 0 0 10 2

League Cup Fourth Round
November 29, 2005
Reading were running away with the Championship title and their visit to Highbury to face an inexperienced Arsenal side bore all the hallmarks of a possible upset. The Arsenal team rose to the occasion however and goals from Jose Antonio Reyes, Robin van Persie and Arturo Lupoli sent us through.

FA Cup Third Round
January 10, 1987
Arsenal kicked off their FA Cup campaign with a visit to Reading's Elm Park. A brace from Charlie Nicholas and a single goal from Martin Hayes eased us into the next round. Arsenal were ultimately eliminated at the Quarter-Final stage at home to Watford.

FA Cup Fourth Round
February 5, 1972
A 2-0 Third-Round away win against Swindon Town paired us with Reading in the following round. An own goal and a strike from Pat Rice sealed Reading's fate as the Gunners progressed all the way to Wembley where they were narrowly beaten by Leeds United.

League Cup Third Round
October 11, 1967
A single goal from Peter Simpson gave the Gunners a narrow victory at Highbury. Arsenal progressed all the way to the Final only to meet Leeds United who ran out 1-0 winners.

FA Cup Fifth Round
February 16, 1935
The teams' first meeting came after Arsenal had seen off Brighton and Leicester City in the previous two rounds. Cliff Bastin secured our safe passage with the only goal of the game. Our joy was short lived however as we were knocked out in the next round by Sheffield Wednesday.

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18 Oct 2006