Arsenal eye Russian Premier League ace - and Pedro

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has put two surprising forwards on his transfer shortlist to replace Theo Walcott - Salomon Rondon and Pedro Rodriguez.

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Rondon and Pedro are two options for the Arsenal manager this month as he looks to deal with the absence of Walcott, who will miss six months with an ACL injury.

Rondon, who plays for Rubin Kazan, and Barcelona's Pedro join the likes of Jackson Martinez and Alvaro Morata on Wenger's wish-list as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of a Premier League title push.

Rondon was linked with a move to the Premier League while at Malaga in 2012, but the Venezuela international eventually opted to join Rubin.

He's bagged an impressive 19 goals in 36 league appearances for his Russian club, and would provide competition for Olivier Giroud up top at the Emirates Stadium.

Pedro would be more of a like-for-like replacement for Walcott, although it would be hugely ambitious of Arsenal to attempt to lure the Spain international away from the Nou Camp.

Most effective in the wide-right position occupied by Walcott, Pedro would be another statement of intent by Wenger following his acquisition of Mesut Ozil over the summer.

But until now, neither had been strongly linked with the Gunners, with the likes of Martinez and Diego Costa believed to be the club's primary targets.

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