According to Metro, Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez appears not to be flattered by Arsenal’s eagerness to grant him some respite from his current obscurity at the Camp Nou by stating his determination to still fight for a place in Luis Enrique’s team.
The 27 year old winger is believed to be out of favour in the Barca boss’ plans this season, especially with the acquisition of new striker Luis Suarez in the summer. And although he wants to fight for his place in the team, many still insists he is unhappy and will seek a move away from the camp Nou should the state of things regarding his play time remain the same.
Arsene Wenger had moved for the Spanish International in the last summer window but a deal was finally called off, shifting our attention to Alexis. Wenger has moved to reunite Pedro with his former teammate whose influence in the Arsenal team even at this early stage of the season has been nothing short of staggering. He’s been virtually the one carrying the team all on his own and giving we can’t keep all our eggs in one basket, Wenger surely regards Pedro as another player of similar energy to Alexis.
Pedro appears to have had his best Barcelona days during Guardiola’s era at the Catalan club who were very dominant. He still has a lot of football in him and his pace and finishing ability would still prove vital for us. Like Fabregas and Alexis, Pedro should be looking forward to a move to the Premier League for a new challenge to re-discover the joy of football, rather than stay on at a place where he is no longer fancied.
Neymar, Messi, Munir, and Luis Suarez are all more favoured in attack ahead of Pedro and it doesn’t seem like his persistence in trying to impress Luis Enrique would earn him any recall. He should be jumping at the fact that a top club like Arsenal and a top manager of Wenger’s renown fancies 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.
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 so far this season, 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 Welbz, applying his experience as a good finisher, having replaced Suarez in the Clasico.
Our most pressing need going into the winter market is to get a defender but that doesn’t mean that gooners won’t be happy to more attacking power in our team as we have sometimes been limited in our options going forward, with the heavy reliance on Alexis and Welbeck. It rests on Wenger to convince Pedro that his future lies with us rather than on a white elephant battle in Camp Nou, which may yield no results for him.
With Wenger readiness to spend in January very obvious, a deal on the cards to bring Pedro to Arsenal should an opportunity like this present itself, should be regarded as a done deal and not be wasted or left hanging until the summer.
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