Arshavin linked with Reading move

The Mirror has reported that Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin is a possible transfer target for struggling Reading when the transfer window opens in January.

Arshavin has not started a Premier League game for the Gunners this season, restricted to substitute appearances and League Cup games. Whilst the likes of Zenit St Peterburg and Fulham have been linked with the Russian, Reading have emerged as a possible destination, with billionaire owner Anton Zingaervich keen to give manager Brian McDermott the funds to stave of relegation.

Reading currently sit 2nd last in the Premier League table, having only won a single game so far this season, and currently find themselves 6 points adrift of 17th placed Southampton and safety from relegation. It is believed the money which Zingaervich is willing to supply to the club will help cover Arshavin’s wage demands, a factor that has put off several other clubs from signing the Russian winger.

Arshavin joined from Zenit in the 2009 transfer window, and quickly endeared himself to the Gunners’s faithful, scoring 27 goals in his first 2 seasons with the club. However, a slump in form saw Arshavin fall in Arsene Wenger’s pecking order, and he joined Zenit in a loan move for the 2nd half of last season. He returned to the Emirates for this season once again, but has made just 6 substitute appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League, who currently sit 7th.

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