Arsenal’s Arshavin won’t retire in the summer, claims Pogrebnyak

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak claims Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin won't retire in the summer despite speculation

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Andrey Arshavin has made 11 appearances for Arsenal this term Photo: The Sport Review

Pavel Pogrebnyak has rubbished reports suggesting Arsenal playmaker Andrey Arshavin is set to retire at the end of the season.

The Russian midfielder has struggled to break into Arsene Wenger’s first-team this season, making just 11 appearances, with his contract set to expire in the summer.

Arshavin, 31, had been linked with an early retirement but Reading striker Pogrebnyak has rubbished speculation suggesting his compatriot could prematurely hang up his boots.

“In response to those rumours that Arshavin will end his career I can only say one thing – this is nonsense,” the Reading striker told izvestia.ru.

“Andrey is full of desire to play football on a high level and become a useful member of the team.

“When he played during the season he had one of his best performances when he got the chance.”

The Russia international’s future at Reading is also in doubt after he managed to score a modest eight goals in 24 appearances in all competitions after joining from Fulham last summer.

And the 29-year-old said he would wait until the end of the season before plotting his next move, with 20th-placed Reading almost certainly heading back to the Championship.

“Everything will be decided by the end of the season,” he added.

“Believe me, I don’t have time to think about my contract. All of my thoughts are about the Reading games.

“I think we have very little chance [of avoiding relegation] but we’ll fight until the end.”

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