Andrey Arshavin still has plenty of value, just not to the Arsenal club that he is currently a member of. Sitting unused is no way for this this 31-year-old to watch his career wind down.
Of course, there is a simple solution to this: The Gunners can unload the Russian on a team where he is wanted and needed.
Fortunately, this process appears to already be in the works.
Goal.com's Wayne Veysey dished a recent rumor:
Andrey Arshavin is close to sealing a £4 million move to Reading, Goal.com can reveal.
Arsenal have given the Russian permission to hold talks with the Premier League's bottom club and a deal is expected to be completed in the first week of the January window.
Veysey goes on to report that the fee is "expected to be around the £4m mark." However, the Gunners may not be dead set on holding out for that price.
The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel reports that Arsenal is willing to take a substantial loss on Arshavin and would deal him "for as little as £2m."
At this point, anything the Gunners can get for him is a bonus because the only service Arshavin is providing for the Gunners is giving them less money to have to worry about. Arshavin is working under a £85,000-a-week contract.
Arshavin is not the fantastic playmaker he once was, but he is still a competent player—assuming the recent dust he's collected with Arsenal has not completely eroded his skills. He would be a nice upgrade for Reading, and they badly need an upgrade.
The Arsenal forward is a logical target for sinking Reading. Besides the fact that their owner hails from Russia—where Arshavin is a superstar—they are also in 19th place in the EPL, with just 13 points on the campaign, and they are firmly locked in the bottom three. Reading has scored just 22 goals this campaign, and their offense is a complete mess.
Arshavin would add a spark to that offense and give Reading a fighting chance to stave off relegation.
This would give Arshavin a chance to prove that he still has something left in the tank, while also freeing up Arsenal of his spot on the roster and at least a portion of his salary. I'll be surprised if this move does not get done.