Earlier today, a number of sports websites ran a story claiming Barcelona star Pedro was ready to swap Camp Nou for the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal had succeeded in an extraordinary £24m coup, claiming a combination of Pedro's unhappiness at the club, his desire to receive regular first-team football and the recent successes and consistency achieved by Arsene Wenger's side had convinced him to join the North London revolution.
Pedro has returned 11 goals and five assists from a wide forward position in the Primera Division thus far this season; a strike efficiency of a goal/assist once every 58 minutes, an extraordinary return that is significantly better than last season's average of one every 121 minutes.
The rumour, though, has been quashed by Guillem Balague who claims that it may have originated in order to attract web traffic…
Pedro to Arsenal? Come on! If anybody is going to make something up to get hits, make it at least reasonable!— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 6, 2014
Pedro featured most recently at the weekend, during Barcelona's 4-0 destruction over Elche, a game that featured an Alexis Sanchez hat-trick and a goal from himself.
He told the club's official website: 'We have five tough months ahead, we need to be at our best level. We need to take things one step at a time. Atletico Madrid are a difficult rival. We played a good match from the start. I'm happy that I'm scoring goals and that I'm helping the team.'
The diminutive 26-year-old also talked-up his on-pitch bond with a former Arsenal star: 'Cesc [Fabregas] and I understand each other. He always looks for me and I try to break into space.'
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