Arsenal Linked with January Swoop of Yet Another Barcelona Forward! by AT
While Arsene Wenger’s first call of action in January will be to strengthen Arsenal’s defence, recent media reports are suggesting that the Frenchman is also planning to comprehensively strengthen the attack as well. According to reports from The Express, the Gunners’ boss is all set to make a surprise bid for the Barcelona forward, Pedro Rodriguez.
The Spanish international, who is usually an integral part of Barcelona’s first team, has fallen out of favour under manager Luis Enrique. Having so far made just six starts in the League campaign despite his good form, the 27-year-old is understood to be looking to leave the Nou Camp. He also appears to be tempted by the recognition that former teammate Alexis Sanchez has received at Arsenal after stepping out of the shadow of Lionel Messi.
I have to say, the interest seems to be genuine as the reports are all based on solid facts. It is no secret that Pedro is unhappy at Barcelona as a result of his limited first-team opportunities. Also, after watching Sanchez making such a big impact on the English game, he’s probably fancying his chances as well. However, although the interest from Arsenal seems to be genuine, I don’t really see how we can land his services in the January transfer window. Irrespective of the number of his appearances so far, Luis Enrique is unlikely to let a player of such quality leave at the season’s halfway point.
Perhaps the only chance of that happening is if the Catalan giants make a big-money signing in attack, thereby making space for Pedro to leave. Regardless, I think Pedro will be a success in the Premier League should he be signed. The Spaniard has all the attributes to make it big in the English game and coming from Barcelona, especially at Arsenal. While it remains to be seen if Le Prof can pull a rabbit out of the hat in January, I think Arsenal fans can be optimistic of the club landing him in the summer.
Considering our luck with injuries, we can never have too many forwards and Pedro Rodriguez will certainly be a perfect addition to the Arsenal squad.