Arsenal tipped to land Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez after the player has falling out of the pecking order at the Nou Camp.
Arsenal have become favourites to lift Barcelona star, from the depths of his exile, according to talkSPORT.
Spanish star, Pedro Rodriguez has fallen out of favour at the Nou Camp, with Luis Enrique’s overhaul witnessing the clipping of various regulars from the team. Pedro had begun to see his chances limited from the Barcelona first team last season under Gerardo Martino with the arrival of Brasilian superstar Neymar.
He ceased to be the regular he once was under Guardiola, when he was always among the first names on a matchday team sheet, featuring and scoring in the Champions League Final against Manchester United at Wembley in 2011. Times have changed since the departure of Guardiola, and with the imminent return to the squad of club summer record signing of Luis Suarez, Pedro’s chances of staking a claim in the team will take a heavier blow.
Arsene Wenger will be gearing up to take advantage of the clearing out done at Barca this season, after signing Alexis Sanchez earlier in the summer. He might have declined taking up the first option on signing Cesc Fabregas to build his team around Ozil but injuries to the German as well as a huge chunk of crucial players in the team must have him on the look-out for available quality additions in January.
Pedro, it may be argued, has past his best days having been part of the Guardiola team who dominated club football during his time at Barcelona. However, at 27, this can hardly be true as he has not lost any of his pace or power which made him vital for those successful years. Like Fabregas and Alexis, Pedro may be looking forward to a move to the Premier League for a new challenge to re-discover the joy of football, and what better place than at the Emirates. Wenger must fancy taking him, as he has that pedigree of revitalising players’ whose careers had appeared to be headed for an unplanned drift to oblivion, Danny Welbeck’s case coming to mind.
The manager is not famous for spending so much in the winter window, the last big acqusition being Andre Arshavin in 2009. The Russian had a flying start to his Arsenal career but hit a delirium which saw him leave in unglamorous fashion. Well, Pedro is Spanish and there’s no upcoming tournament bid which square England and Russia as rivals. So…
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