Arsenal keen on Rodrigo

Arsenal have joined Zenit St Petersburg in the race to sign Benfica striker Rodrigo, according to the Metro.

The Gunners have been mulling over numerous attacking options this month as they look to bolster their attack ahead of a crucial part of the season.

Arsene Wenger’s men remain top of the Premier League though they are just a point ahead of Manchester City, while Chelsea are also within touching distance of first place.

They also have their FA Cup fourth round tie with Coventry City on Friday evening, as well as their double header with holders Bayern Munich in the last sixteen of the Champions League to contend with in the next few weeks.

Rodrigo is the latest in a long line of forwards to be linked with a winter switch to the Emirates, with potential deals for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov and Mirko Vucinic of Juventus failing to materialise.

The 22 year old, who played seventeen times for Bolton Wanderers on loan in the 2010/11 campaign, has been told he can leave the Portuguese Premeira Liga leaders, as they are desperate to raise money.

In nineteen club appearances so far this season, the Spain U21 international has scored ten times.