Arsenal’s long running good relationship with Barcelona is set to continue in the coming January window as the Gunners have appeared as favourites to land unwanted pair, Pedro Rodriguez and Dani Alves.
Both players do not have the greatest relationship with new Barca boss Luis Enrique and it is thought that he is willing to let go of the pair to free up space on the team for players for which he has significant plans for. It is believed that Wenger will tempt Barcelona with a £30m envelope for the out-of-favour duo in January even as both players as also reportedly keen on moving on.
Dani Alves has been in Barcelona since 2009 being part of Pep Guardiola’s team who won the sextuple that season but has seen his stock slightly become lowered at the Camp Nou following the raves of changes through Tito Villanova, Gerrado Martino and now Lucho. Douglas Perreira was signed from Sao Paolo this season in what was viewed as a worth replacement of Alves and with young Montoya believed to be part of the bigger plans for the Spanish La Roja, Alves future looks all but sorted. Alves is still one of the best right backs in the world and though his core defensive abilities are regularly brought into question as against his enviable attacking credentials, his quality and repute is sure to add some stability to the burgeoning wilt in the Arsenal defence.
Like his long-term teammate, Pedro has also played his part in the past half a decade of Barca’s success, scoring the memorable opening goal of the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley. The prospect of a return to London must be of some interest to him considering the star-studded forward line-up of Messi, Neymar and Suarez seem not to have any accommodation for his skills. At 27, he is hardly spent and the fact that we had made a move for him in the summer only goes to show how much Wenger still believes in his pace and predatory abilities.
Pedro will be a vital signing for us to provide us with balance. While we seem well stocked with players who could operate on the right-hand side of attack, the left has yet to be manned by a real reliable force. Cazorla has been immensely disappointing, Podolski doesn’t get the chance, and neither Walcott nor Chamberlain will likely feel at home on that side, creating a need for someone there. The team is full of runners already, but a good balance still seems to be lacking in our attacks. As a supplement in the center-forwards role, Pedro can equally rival Welbeck, applying his experience as a good finisher.
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