Pedro Barcelona
Barcelona forward Pedro celebrates after scoring against Real Betis in La Liga, November 10. Reuters
Barcelona forward Pedro celebrates after scoring against Real Betis in La Liga, November 10. Reuters
Barcelona forward Pedro celebrates after scoring against Real Betis in La Liga, November 10. Reuters

As the January transfer window closes in, Arsenal will continue to be linked with one forward after another considering the need for Arsene Wenger to strengthen that particular position.

The latest rumour to do the rounds is Arsenal are in "secret" talks with the representatives of Barcelona attacker Pedro Rodriguez over a move in the winter transfer window, according to reports in Spain.

Spanish television show Punto Pelota said Pedro is looking for a way out, and it is being reported Arsenal are showing an interest in the 26-year-old.

Now Pedro has rarely been an automatic first choice in the Barca lineup, but with the arrival of Neymar and the resurgence of Alexis Sanchez, it has made it even more difficult for the Spanish international to force his way into the first XI consistently.

Arsenal are definitely in the market for a striker in January, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis himself admitting a move could be imminent.

"We will see where Arsenal will be in January and whether or not the club will invest in another forward," Gazidis told L'Equipe.

"Olivier Giroud won't be able to go on all alone until the end of the season. We need to buy."

Pedro is an undoubted talent and will add goals to Arsenal. However, there are a couple of problems with the signing. One, and the main one, is that Pedro is not a natural centre-forward. He is a wide forward who likes make runs into the box from the wings.

Two, Pedro has started seven of the 12 La Liga games this season - hardly something to be too peeved about, considering the strength that Gerardo Martino has at his disposal.

Yes, Pedro has not featured as much as he would have liked, and definitely not enough in the Champions League. In a World Cup year, every player wants to be playing every game, and that could lead to the forward wanting a move; but it remains unlikely.

Arsenal have enough forwards who can play on the wings, and need a player who is at his best as a central striker, to help reduce the load on Olivier Giroud.

Which is why a player of Luis Suarez or Karim Benzema's ilk makes more sense. Easier said than done, though, to get any of the above mentioned players.