Pogrebnyak hopes for Arsenal star arrival

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Pavel Pogrebnyak would like to see fellow countryman Andrey Arshavin secure a January switch from Arsenal to Reading, reports Sky Sports.

The Russian international arrived at the Madejski Stadium after turning down a long-term contract offer from Fulham - the club he spent the second half of last season playing at on loan.

Recent reports have suggested the 29-year-old could soon be joined at the Royals with the out-of-favour Gunners midfielder, who has endured a difficult time at the Emirates Stadium over the past 12 months.

Arsene Wenger insists that Arshavin is still very much in his first-team plans, but it remains to be seen whether he would allow him to leave Arsenal if an offer is received in the New Year.

"It's Arshavin who has to make the decision," Pogrebnyak told "Anton Zingarevich knows him well enough without listening to my opinion, as he is from St Petersburg.

"Andrey is a master and there is no doubt that it would be great to see him at Reading."

Reading are desperately trying to preserve their Premier League status, and currently find themselves in the dreaded relegation zone. But, the fact they are backed by a Russian billionaire, means Brian McDermott should have funds available to strengthen in the forthcoming transfer window.

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