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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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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
  • Mackie 19 Mackie

  • Norwood 6 Norwood

  • Taylor J 25 Taylor J
  • Robson-Kanu 9 Robson-Kanu

  • Cox 10 Cox
  • Murray 20 Murray

Team taken from Reading vs Derby County (Sky Bet Championship) on Saturday 18th October 2014

4-2-3-1
  • Szczesny 1 Szczesny
  • Bellerin 39 Bellerin
  • Mertesacker 4 Mertesacker
  • Monreal 18 Monreal
  • Gibbs 3 Gibbs
  • Flamini 20 Flamini

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Wilshere 10 Wilshere

  • Cazorla 19 Cazorla
  • Alexis 17 Alexis
  • Welbeck 23 Welbeck

Team taken from Arsenal vs Hull City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 18th October 2014


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6 Manchester United 7 11
7 Arsenal 8 11
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11 Hull City 8 10
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14 Leicester City 8 9
15 West Bromwich Albion 7 8
16 Crystal Palace 8 8
17 Sunderland 8 8
18 Newcastle United 8 7
19 Burnley 8 4
20 Queens Park Rangers 8 4

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