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

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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
  • Kelly 3 Kelly
  • Hector 15 Hector
  • Pearce 5 Pearce
  • Gunter 2 Gunter
  • Robson-Kanu 9 Robson-Kanu

  • Norwood 6 Norwood
  • Williams 23 Williams

  • Obita 11 Obita
  • Murray 20 Murray
  • Cox 10 Cox

Team taken from Reading vs Cardiff City (Sky Bet Championship) on Friday 21st November 2014

4-2-3-1
  • Szczesny 1 Szczesny
  • Chambers 21 Chambers
  • Mertesacker 4 Mertesacker
  • Monreal 18 Monreal
  • Gibbs 3 Gibbs
  • Ramsey 16 Ramsey
  • Arteta 8 Arteta
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Wilshere 10 Wilshere
  • Alexis 17 Alexis
  • Welbeck 23 Welbeck

Team taken from Arsenal vs Manchester United (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 22nd November 2014


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2 Southampton 12 26
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Tottenham Hotspur 12 17
11 Stoke City 12 15
12 Liverpool 12 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Crystal Palace 12 12
16 Aston Villa 12 12
17 Hull City 12 11
18 Leicester City 12 10
19 Burnley 12 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8

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