Arsenal Transfer News: Pedro Would Dominate Premier League Under Arsene Wenger

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 24, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 23:  Pedro Rodriguez of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Granda CF at Camp Nou on November 23, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Despite how secure his position in the Barcelona squad may appear, recent reports have hinted that Pedro is considering his options in 2014, with the Spaniard hotly linked to a Premier League switch.

Arsenal and Liverpool are two such powers interested in taking the winger to the English top flight, but it's yet another link-up between the Camp Nou and Emirates Stadium that would prove most fruitful.

GETAFE, SPAIN - DECEMBER 22:  Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and FC Barcelona at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on December 22, 2013 in Getafe, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroy
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Arsenal and Barca have maintained a steady business partnership as two of the most proficient clubs in the world when it comes to youth production, the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin all making the move between the two in recent years.

According to the Express' Nick Lustig, the Gunners are attempting to revive that link once again this winter, and recent comments from Pedro would serve to help that cause, the 26-year-old quoted as saying:

I am happy with Barcelona, but things have to be evaluated every season. My goal is to try and stay at this club where I feel very valued and loved.

When you play less you do not feel less important, but it is true that you notice playing fewer minutes and it is different. But I must fight for my only goal, which is to continue with Barca.

Pedro has started in 16 of his 25 appearances for Barcelona this season, scoring 13 goals and making five assists according to's Cristian Nyari believes the playmaker has warranted more inclusion this term:

Under Gerardo Martino, the wide star has found that increased competition combined with the manager's added preference of players such as Alexis Sanchez has chipped slightly at his chances of playing time. Although the roster is far from weak in north London, the same issue wouldn't be as severe at the Emirates Stadium.

In recent years, Pedro has found himself shining as something of a big fish in an even bigger pond, and were his talents on display at most other clubs, he'd undoubtedly find himself heralded as something of a superstar.

OptaJose recently showed via Twitter just how potent a power the player can be:

Were he to become a part of Wenger's setup, the maestro's main competition would be the likes of Theo Walcott and a fully recovered Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. However, the Southampton alumni pair are some way off Pedro's lofty standards.

What Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain may have in sheer pace, Pedro happens to have also, not to mention the fact that Martino's current squad member throws in a lot of the end product that seems to elude so many a speedster.

While he may be a winger by nature, the forward has consistently shown fine finishing technique in recent seasons, and would lend a versatility to the Premier League giants that would be valued more than amongst the attackers who already offer a similar influence at Barca.

As is mentioned in Lustig's article, Pedro's £125 million release clause creates something of an issue for the Gunners, but should the player begin seeking a departure himself, that fee isn't likely to remain as a referable transfer price.

In Catalan country, Pedro has seen his talents dwarfed slightly by the wealth of world-class options surrounding him, but the Premier League would be a new playground for the World Cup winner to bask in, Wenger's track record of getting the most out of a player being a fine example as to why.