There was plenty for neutrals to like, from the 12 goals to Arsenal's four-goal comeback to the four goals scored in extra time to wildly varying shots of Arsene Wenger on the touchline.
Theo "Sign Da Ting" Walcott and Marouane Chamakh (!) scored twice, while Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Carl Jenkinson added one apiece for Arsenal. Koscielny also scored an own goal at the other end for Reading, who had goals from Jason Roberts, Mikele Leigertwood, Noel Hunt and Pavel Pogrebnyak.
Reading raced to a 4-0 lead after 37 minutes, and Gooners everywhere were reeling. Especially celebrity fan Piers Morgan:
When fans chant 'We want our Arsenal back', it's time for a new manager. Wenger's been brilliant, but he's lost his competitive edge.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 30, 2012
Walcott started the fightback with a goal in first-half stoppage time, and Jenkinson completed it with another in the 96th minute (the goal was originally awarded to Walcott).
At 4-4, the game headed to extra time, but a couple of Arsenal's players were unaware of that fact. Giroud and Francis Coquelin celebrated the comeback by tossing their shirts into the crowd.
Giroud and Coquelin either thought that Arsenal had won on away goals or that a draw meant a replay. They were wrong, and they had to ask for their shirts back from the crowd.
The video of Giroud and Coquelin appears above. Enjoy—it's our Set Piece Video of the Day.
(h/t 101 Great Goals)