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Should Arsenal take an interest in Barcelona forward Pedro?

As Arsenal consider their transfer options, should they look towards an ambitious swoop on Barcelona?

For years Arsenal have been ridiculed as Barcelona's feeder club, selling them players dating back from Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit, to Gio van Bronckhorst, Thierry Henry, Alex Hleb and Alex Song.

Now with their financial power evidenced by their signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, and holding onto all of their key players, the perception of their transformation from prey to predator is complete.

It would not be a surprise to see Arsenal start targeting players in Barcelona's squad, having raided their youth team on the cheap for years, from Cesc Fabregas a decade ago to Julio Plezeguelo this summer.

Now with the Gunners looking for reinforcements in attack, should they turn to a player who can play in multiple positions across the frontline?

Spanish international Pedro is out of favour with Barcelona at present, with Spanish paper Marca writing: "Pedro Rodríguez is not having the greatest time at present. Things have not gone as the Tenerife-born player would have liked this season, especially after cementing a place in the first team last season."

He has started just one of the last five games, with the paper blaming new manager Tata Martino's liking for Alexis Sanchez as the reason for Pedro's bad luck.

They continue: "Pedro is not happy at the moment, but it is only November and there is a long way to go before the end of the season. The complex situation can be clearly seen with Neymar and Messi certain starters in the side and the sensational form of Alexis Sánchez meaning there is no place for him. It also seems hard to imagine the line-up changing for next season."

Despite this, the World Cup winner still has six goals and two assists this season, but it was last time out where he really blossomed, scoring 21 goals and netting 15 times in all competitions.

The perception of him as a Barcelona man who would never leave was downgraded with the exit of Pep Guardiola two summers ago, the manager who plucked him from 'Barcelona B', ignore the doubters over his ability, and watched him flourish under his management, and that of his assistant and now departed successor, Tito Vilanova.

Pedro is a winger who likes to drift inside, capable of playing on either flank, who has a Champions League final opening goal against Manchester United on his CV.

This season he has started five La Liga games on the right-wing, and four games on the left-wing, an illustration of his versatility, and this is why he can work for Arsenal.

The Gunners possess two frustrated forwards in Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott who want to play up front, and signing Pedro would allow one of them to play inside, and become the Giroud alternative they want to be.

The Spaniard's contract expires in 2016, and a move would be highly ambitious from the Gunners, but if they offer an amount which Barcelona could be tempted into accepting, it could be a very interesting option for both clubs.

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