For three seasons between the summer of 2011 and the summer of this year, the current Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez was playing alongside and competing with the Spain international Pedro Rodriguez at La Liga club Barcelona. And according to one of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours, the same could soon be happening in north London.
Because according to a Metro report, the 27-year old Barca star has had enough and is ready to rejoin his former colleauge in the English Premier League with the Gunners. Maybe he has been encouraged to see just how well Alexis has settled into life at Arsenal and started to take the EPL by storm.
But if the report is true, it is probably more to do with the same lack of playing opportunities at the Nou Camp that caused the Chile international striker to leave. First the Catalan club brought in Neymar and now they have added the former Liverpool star Luis Suarez to their front line, while the chances of beating Lionel Messi to the starting line up is about zero.
So after Suarez was brought straight into the Barca team for yesterday’s El Clasico clash with Real Madrid at the expense of him, Pedro has made it clear to his Barca bosses that he wants to leave. Arsene Wenger is believed to be a big fan of the Spaniard and if you look at his record compared to that of Alexis during their three years at Barca, they are almost identical. 47 goals from 141 games for Sanchez and 42 from 147 for Pedro.
So should Wenger bid the £25 million that Barca are likely to want for Pedro?