The little Russian maestro Andrei Arshavin set the League on fire when he became Arsenal’s record signing back in the day, and his four goal masterclass at Liverpool will never be forgotten by any of us, but his gradual decline has been easy to see ever since.
It seems that Arsene Wenger has been trying to find him a new home for the last year, but Arshavin has resisted all attempts to get him to move away from London as he (and his family) are very happy here and he is looking to gain UK citizenship.
Now that the Reading owner Anton Zingarevich has made it clear that he would like his fellow countryman to join him at the Majedski Stadium in January and wants to give him another chance to regain his flagging reputation as a game-changer, but another Russian currently at Reading, Pavel Pogrebnyak, believes that it is Arshavin who has to decide whether to make the short move up the M4 rest of his career.
Pogrebnyak said: “It’s Arshavin who has to make the decision. 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.”
Surely this will be the crunch decision when Arsenal fans find out if Arshavin is simply happy sitting on the bench collecting his (excellent) wages, or if he really wants first team football again. He certainly won’t have to uproot his home or his family for an extra half hour drive from his home to Reading……..