When Pedro first broke onto the scene with Barcelona circa 2008, the fiery Spaniard was walking into a team that simply saw no task as impossible. ‘Tiki-taka’ was the choice of phrase used to describe Pep Guardiola’s preference for possession based play at the Nou Camp, and as trophies galore started raining down for Pedro for both club and country, Spanish football was in a very good place indeed.
However, with Carlos Puyol’s retirement, the addition of several new foreign players, and the moving on of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, subsequent Barca managers have failed to maintain their side’s imperial dominance in Europe, and have seen the team become far more transitional than the complete Barcelona squad of just a few years ago.
As Pedro, another of Barca’s more experienced faces, is reported to be gaining the interest of Arsene Wenger this winter, will this January transfer window represent a new chapter for the Spaniard, or will Pedro remain at Barcelona and become a true Nou Camp hero?
The general footballing consensus seems to agree that the answer to the latter part of that question remains a resoundingly clear. No. Twenty-seven-year-old Pedro may have already sounded himself out as a real star of Catalonian football, but as Barcelona’s conveyor-belt of talent is constantly being added to in their quest to dominate Europe, remaining at the Nou Camp would be a tough ask for the no. 7.
In the wake of Neymar’s and Luis Suarez’ arrival at Barca, Pedro has seen his game time largely restricted to a place on the bench, and his form has therefore taken a dip as a result. Only three La Liga goals this season simply doesn’t shine the forward in the greatest of lights.
That said, for all the distinct lack of sensation and excitement surrounding Pedro at the moment, Barcelona’s somewhat forgotten man could still do a great job elsewhere, and get his career truly up and running again. With Arsenal said to be great admirers of the Spaniard, perhaps a move to the Premier League wouldn’t be too far off in the near future for the current Barca man.
Pedro initially made a mark on the scene with his lightening quick turn of pace, ability to send in a great whipped cross, and impressively keen eye for goal for a winger. He was highly thought of throughout Europe and even played an important, but albeit understated role, in helping Spain dominate international football.
Whilst his lack of physicality may need addressing if he were to ever make it in the English game, Pedro could offer Arsenal a brand new outlet as the Gunners seek to regain their title chasing status in the Premier League. He would give Wenger that added outlet of pace whenever such a tool was needed, and whilst Pedro may prove a bit steep in terms of his price tag and wages, the link up play with ex-teammate Alexis Sanchez would be something for the Emirates faithful to behold.
However, although such a deal would certainly excite Arsenal fans, the Barcelona winger wouldn’t really do much in terms of addressing their side’s defensive problems. A holding midfielder, several new faces at the back, and perhaps even a new centre-forward will all be needed if Arsenal are to ever regain their dominance in the Premier League.
Overall, Pedro remains a very much sought after player, even if his current form doesn’t quite do him justice. It ultimately seems likely that he will be on his way out of the Nou Camp sooner or later, and despite the fact that many big teams throughout Europe will be after his signature in the coming months, it is thought that Arsenal’s long term admiration of Pedro will hold them as front runners in any potential move.
Whilst it would be great to see such talent in the Premier League, Pedro’s tendency to go down far too easily may see him face a brand new set of critics should he make the plunge into the English game.