By Emma Sanders
Arsenal have been handed a boost ahead of their League Cup clash against Reading on Tuesday as it emerged that Chris Gunter will miss the clash.
The Wales defender picked up his fifth booking of the Championship season against Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon and will therefore serve a one-match ban.
It means Gunter will be unavailable for Jaap Stam’s side when they face Arsenal at the Emirates stadium for the midweek clash, as reported by Get Reading.
The 27 year-old is a regular for Reading and he has made 14 league appearances so far this season, as well as featuring in their two EFL Cup victories against Plymouth and Brighton.
The defender will be sorely missed by Reading as they hope to try to nullify Arsenal’s attacking threats including Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
The report claims it is likely academy star Tennai Watson will start in place of Gunter on Tuesday evening despite only making two senior league appearances this season.
Arsenal will be hoping to make it eight wins out of their last ten games as they look to continue their bright start to the 2016-17 campaign.
The last time these two sides faced in the EFL Cup in 2012, Arsenal bounced back from a 4-0 deficit to win 7-5 in extra-time thanks to a hat-trick from Theo Walcott.