Spurs star open to Arsenal move - reports

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Arsenal are preparing a shock move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko according to the London Metro.

The 29-year-old Russian international has been heavily linked with a move in January, after a lack of first-team opportunities in north London.

Having made just two Barclays Premier League appearances so far this campaign, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admitted Pavlyuchenko is growing frustrated at a lack of playing time at White Hart Lane, and recently revealed he may have to consider selling him.

Pavlyuchenko has spoken of how happy he is in London, but says he must search for regluar football in a bid to ensure he is selected for this summer's Euro 2012.

His desire to remain in England is believed to have alerted Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who may consider trying to bring him to the Emirates Stadium in January.

A move to Arsenal would see Pavlyuchenko link up with fellow compatriot Andrey Arshavin, and though switching north London allegiances is generally frowned upon - it could prove to be the best possible decision for everyone.

"I don't believe I can fight my way into the Tottenham starting line-up," Pavlyuchenko is quoted in Russian publication Sport Express. "Players can feel what the manager thinks about them, and I know that the manager doesn't count on me these days.

"Something must change. I must play in order not to miss Euro 2012. You don't get into the national squad on past achievements. I will be 30 in December, and it could be my last big tournament."

Asked whether he would consider leaving Tottenham in favour of Arsenal, Pavlyuchenko didn't rule out the possibility.

"I don't know whether the club will execute that option [to sell me]," he added. "But a good offer would definitely be considered.

"It would be silly of me to hide that I find life in London much better."

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