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The Never-Ending Travels Of Alexandre Pato: Is Arsenal Next?

Arsene Wenger has shown interest in former Milan striker Alexandre Pato, with rumors about a transfer to Arsenal gaining speed.

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 06: Pato of AC Milan celebrates after scoring the equaliser during the UEFA Champions League group C match between AC Milan and Malaga CF at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 6, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/G
MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 06: Pato of AC Milan celebrates after scoring the equaliser during the UEFA Champions League group C match between AC Milan and Malaga CF at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 6, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/G
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Alexandre Pato, a former Milan striker, may leave Brazil and be off to England this January. Arsène Wenger, Arsenal's head coach, has met with former Arsenal player Edu Gaspard. In addition to the meeting being just a friendly meetup, it was also a way for Wenger to start thinking about the upcoming transfer window since Gaspard is Corinthians's director of football. Pato currently plies his trade for the Brazilian side. Gaspard said the following about their meeting:

"I wasn’t there to tout (Pato) around but if people ask about him, I’m going to answer. I talked and they asked questions – not just about him, but about a few of our players. They know them well. I had lunch with Arsene Wenger and he asked about (Pato) and about others."

There's evidence of the encounter on Instagram, too:

Pato won UEFA's Golden Boy award in 2009, but then suffered a dramatic dip in form because of repeated injuries. He then returned to the Brazilian league to play for Corinthians. He has struggled at the club, which resulted in a l loan to Sao Paulo for the last two years. At 26 years old, there is life in him yet.