They may have far more pressing matters to attend to, namely buying some up-to-scratch defenders and a competent holding-midfielder, but Arsenal wouldn’t be completely barmy to invest more money in a lightweight wideman with an eye for goal.
Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez is the forward in question, with Arsene Wenger reportedly keen on signing the want-away World Cup winner despite his £25m price tag.
The Gunners’ interest has seen the Spaniard whittled into 17/10 to be a Premier League player by 01/02/15.
Life on the Camp Nou fringes is growing increasingly frustrating for the La Masia graduate, who was dropped for Los Blaugrana’s Clasico defeat at the weekend to make way for Luis Suarez’s debut.
Pedro’s Catalunyan escape plan may see him wind up at the Emirates, where he’ll join the masses of not-quite-strikers squabbling over the limited advanced midfield berths in the Arsenal starting line up.
The north Londoners are, without doubt, well-stocked in this department, but an acquisition of the 27-year-old’s calibre would be welcome.
A smooth operator on either flank and loaded with pace, there are plenty of comparisons that can be drawn between Pedro and Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez, who has effortlessly ingratiated into the Arsenal fold with seven goals and three assists in ten appearances.
Operating in tandem, these former Barca teammates would immeasurably improve the Gunners’ threat in the final third, with their speed and movement, as well as unquestionable finishing ability, offering the club’s array of creative midfielders ample opportunities for assists.
Not just an adept finisher, Pedro is also a capable provider of goals for teammates too, as his eight set ups in addition to 15 La Liga strikes in the previous campaign attest.
The upper echelons of the Arsenal side currently contain too many chance creators and not enough converters, with only Danny Welbeck and Sanchez of their current regular starters reliable sources of bother to the scorekeeper.
More goals are needed if they are to realise their ambitions of hoisting the Premier League title in the near future and Pedro would provide them.