Andrey Arshavin likely to remain as a ghost at Arsenal
Andrey Arshavin is likely to remain out of favor at Arsenal till the end of the season. The Emirates boss Arsene Wenger seems uninterested in doing anything about the Russian forward on his bench. It appears as if the ‘ghost striker’ has actually turned into a ghost in London.
The veteran Russia international was closely linked to a move to Reading, but their manager Brian McDermott has played down reports suggesting he is trying to sign in Andrey Arshavin. Therefore, it appears as if Andrey Arshavin’s future is in peril once again.
Andrey Arshavin was on the verge of returning to his former club during the summer transfer window, but Arsene Wenger chose to keep him at Arsenal rather than sell him for pennies to Zenit St. Petersburg.
In recent weeks Andrey Arshavin has been repeatedly link to a move that see him join his former Zenit St. Petersburg teammate Pavel Pogrebnyak. Meanwhile, the Russian club owner Anton Zingarevich has admitted he is ready to sign in Anton Zingarevich.
Brian McDermott snubbed reports suggesting he was going to bring Andrey Arshavin to the Madejski Stadium this fall, but he confirmed Reading were looking forward to some transfer activity during the January transfer window.
“I don't think so,” Brian McDermott said after his side recorded a goalless draw against Swansea. “At this time of year you hear lots of rumours. I have heard that one.
“We are talking at the moment regarding players. If we could bring in two or three players that could make a difference, it would be useful to the squad.
“We don't generally deal in big prices. We try to get players that are available. I'd like to bring in two or three with a little bit of experience at the level.”
No one from the Reading side was able to score, which means it Brian McDermott’s men haven’t scored a goal in the four of the last five matches. Nonetheless, a clean sheet at home against Swansea City did bring a smile to Brian McDermott’s face.
The clean sheet ended Reading’s run of seven successive defeats and gave them a point that allowed them to jump over Queens Park Rangers to the 19th place on the Premier League table.
“We need to do whatever we have to do to get results,” Brian McDermott said. “We were much more resilient. It is important to move on with a point and we can look forward with confidence to West Ham. We have got a point and a clean sheet and we are off the bottom of the table.”