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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 24,125) 17th December 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: A Taylor

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J Kebe (71)

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S Cazorla (32, 34, 60)
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Premier League: Rock-bottom Reading hoping to pile pressure on Arsenal

Last Updated: 17/12/12 2:43pm

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Brian McDermott: Has seen Reading hit rock-bottom heading into the festive period

Brian McDermott: Has seen Reading hit rock-bottom heading into the festive period

Reading will be looking to climb off the foot of the table and pile more pressure on Arsenal at the Madejski Stadium on Monday.

The Royals hit rock-bottom over the weekend, with Queens Park Rangers' first win of the season allowing them to edge up the Premier League standings.

One win in 16 outings since stepping back up into the top-flight has Reading propping up the division, with Brian McDermott's side yet to get going.

They desperately need to find some form heading into the busy festive period, with a run of five straight defeats in danger of making it a far from merry Christmas for the Royals.

Arsenal could be the ideal opponents for McDermott's men, with the Gunners having also found the going tough of late.

They will, however, be determined to offer a positive response to their Capital One Cup humbling by Bradford, with Arsene Wenger aware that he cannot afford another wobble as pressure mounts on his shoulders.

Arsenal have already scored seven times at the Madejski this season, in a remarkable League Cup clash in October, and with both sides in need of the points, another open encounter would appear to be on the cards.

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Strike duo Jason Roberts and Pavel Pogrebnyak could come into contention for Reading.

Strikers Roberts and Pogrebnyak are both doubtful for the game as they nurse knocks, but may play some part.

Jimmy Kebe (groin) and Jem Karacan (knee) have returned to training but will not play, while Sean Morrison (ankle) is still sidelined and Alex McCarthy is out long term.

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Arsenal should have striker Olivier Giroud in contention again following a back problem.

Defender Laurent Koscielny has resumed training after his thigh injury, but England winger Theo Walcott (calf) will be assessed.

Full-back Andre Santos (stomach muscle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) continue their rehabilitation.

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-4-2
  • Federici 1 Federici
  • Gunter 2 Gunter
  • Hector 15 Hector
  • Pearce 5 Pearce
  • Obita 11 Obita
  • McCleary 12 McCleary
  • Norwood 6 Norwood
  • Williams 23 Williams

  • Blackman 22 Blackman
  • Cox 10 Cox
  • Murray 20 Murray

Team taken from Reading vs Watford (Sky Bet Championship) on Saturday 20th December 2014

4-3-3
  • Szczesny 1 Szczesny
  • Chambers 21 Chambers
  • Debuchy 2 Debuchy
  • Mertesacker 4 Mertesacker
  • Gibbs 3 Gibbs
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain

  • Flamini 20 Flamini
  • Cazorla 19 Cazorla
  • Alexis 17 Alexis

  • Giroud 12 Giroud

  • Welbeck 23 Welbeck

Team taken from Arsenal vs Liverpool (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 21st December 2014


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2 Manchester City 17 39
3 Manchester United 17 32
4 West Ham United 17 31
5 Southampton 17 29
6 Arsenal 17 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 17 27
8 Swansea City 17 25
9 Newcastle United 17 23
10 Liverpool 17 22
11 Everton 17 21
12 Aston Villa 17 20
13 Stoke City 16 19
14 Sunderland 17 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 17 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 17 17
17 Crystal Palace 17 15
18 Burnley 17 15
19 Hull City 17 13
20 Leicester City 17 10

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