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Manager Phil Parkinson waits on new Bradford deal

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Wenger insists ship is now steady after cup embarrassment

For a club built on stability, Arsenal have a remarkable capacity for drama. Their 5-2 win at Reading on Monday night was not quite the methodical defeat of inferior opposition many had hoped for.

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