Reported Arsenal target Pedro shines in routine international victory

Pedro Rodriguez Spain

Pedro impressed in Spain's 3-0 victory over Belarus on Saturday and Arsenal scouts may have taken note.

Arsenal fans will be watching Barcelona's Pedro with intent over the coming weeks, as speculation associating the 27-year-old with a move to the Emirates picks up pace. The Spanish international has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou in the past and it seems the Gunners, who have previously been interested, are still keen to bring him to England. 

Pedro recently starred in his nation's 3-0 European qualifying victory over minnows Belarus. Goals from Isco, Sergio Busquets and the Barca winger carried La Roja to victory, but Del Bosque's side also missed a number of chances to make the scoreline even more impressive.

  PositionTeamMins Played
Pedro FW Spain 90

Of Pedro's three attempts at goal, just one found the target (another hit the woodwork), and while he took his chance well, he could, and probably should, have scored more. He may be lacking game time at Barcelona this term, yet he continues to fire on all cylinders at international level. He has now scored 16 goals in 47 appearances for Spain. 

  Pass Accuracy (%)Touches
Pedro 88.1 60

As usual his passing proved faultless. A wide-forward averaging a pass completion rate of just under 90% is impressive to say the least - here Pedro recorded an 88% success rate from 44 attempted passes. He also provided three crosses from the flank, one of which led to an opportunity at goal. 

His work-rate is certainly something worth noting. Not only did he lead his side's efforts in the final third, he also assisted in a defensive capacity - a trait Arsene Wenger is likely to admire. Just like summer signing Alexis Sanchez, Pedro can always be seen working hard when his side are without possession. In total he made two tackles and one interception, while conceding two fouls.

It was an impressive display from the Barcelona star, who would be a tremendous addition to Arsene Wenger's talented Arsenal side. 

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