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Arsenal Preview

30 October 2012

Everything you need to know for tonight

Tonight at 7.45pm, Brian McDermott's men will take on the might of Arsenal for a place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup. Here are the key things you need to know ahead of the match!

Team News
Royals: McDermott has a large group of players to chose from for tonight and has no fresh injury concerns. Jem Karacan is the only Reading player definitely sidelined as he continues to recover from a knee problem, while Noel Hunt is fit to play after returning from a heel injury.

Gunners: 18-man squad confirmed; Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Sebastien Squillaci, Johan Djourou, Francis Coquelin, Andrey Arshavin, Carl Jenkinson, Emmanuel Frimpong, Marouane Chamakh, Damian Martinez (GK), Hector Bellerin, Thomas Eisfeld, Serge Gnabry, Jernade Meade, Ignasi Miquel, James Shea (GK), Nico Yennaris.

All seats for tonight have now completely sold out - that goes for hospitality too.

For supporters unfamiliar with the whereabouts of the Madejski Stadium - click here to for directions and information on how to get to the home of the Royals. Supporters are strongly advised to arrive at the stadium in good time to avoid increased congestion due to the majority of the 4,500 visiting supporters expected to travel by car or train. The Jazz Cafe is open from 5pm to season ticket holders and members on a first come first served basis, while the hotel bar will be open as usual to home fans.

The Stadium Megastore will be closing for refurbishment after the full-time whistle this evening and will re-open on the 10th November for our Barclays Premier League game against Norwich City. With the Megastore closed you can now get all your favourite Royals goodies at our new shop in The Oracle. The shop is positioned in the lower mall by the Holy Brook entrance and is open in line with The Oracle opening hours. Alternatively visit to shop online.

Official merchandise/shirt printing
Two Official Merchandise Units are located outside the stadium this season offering a wide range of Reading FC merchandise. Supporters can pick up their favourite goodies from the outlets located outside the South and North stands. On a matchday shirt printing is only available at the Official Shirt Printing kiosk, outside the North Stand. Supporters can purchase their shirt from the kiosk then add any name, any number and Barclays Premier League badges for just £18.

Halloween Young Royals
Young Royals are invited to attend the game this evening in Halloween themed fancy dress costumes for the chance to win a special Reading FC prize! Supporters can register to take part in the competition with Kingsley and Queensley outside the Megastore from approximately 7pm – 7.15pm. The winner’s prize will be posted after the game. Plus, Kingsley and Queensley will be handing out treats to young fans, on a first come first served basis!

Half time
Plenty of entertainment going on during the interval as ever - the draw for the Golden Gamble will be made by Jack Simpson celebrating his 16th birthday, Domino's will be delivering pizzas to a 'Lucky Row', while Queensley's Quiz and a penalty shoot-out will take place.

After the match
The North Stand concourse will remain open after the game so why not have a drink and bite to eat? Discuss the match with your fellow supporters until it shuts at 10.30pm.

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