How Pedro joining Arsenal would create problems for Arsene Wenger

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Pedro joining Arsenal would create an obvious problem for Arsene Wenger.

Barcelona star Pedro is once again being linked with a move to Arsenal, which on the surface would appear to be a very good deal for the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger showed during the summer transfer window with the arrival of Danny Welbeck, that he’s willing to invest in quick and exciting attacking players so it’s easy to understand where the reported interest comes from.

What doesn’t make sense is how Pedro would fit into Arsenal’s team and the problem it would create for Wenger with two of his best midfielders; Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil.

Pedro’s two appearances for Barca this season have come in wide positions on the left and right hand side of midfield.

If he signs for Arsenal and starts on the left, it means Wenger won’t use Cazorla or Ozil on the left hand side, where they have both played this season.

If he signs for Arsenal and starts on the right, that suggests that Wenger would move Alexis Sanchez over to the left hand side which creates the same problem.

In short, Pedro would create a situation, based on how he’s played for Barcelona this season, where one of Arsenal’s talented number ten players will be doing a Michael Owen and staying glued to the subs bench.

The solution is to play them both together in the same midfield, both centrally and increase Arsenal’s attacking threat.

However, that doesn’t make sense because it creates knock on effects for other key players in the middle of the team.

Jack Wilshere was superb against Manchester City and proved he can be the gutsy and dynamic middle man the side needs while Aaron Ramsey’s consistency over the last 12 months is obvious for all to see.

It also removes the luxury of being able to play a holding player in the Arsenal midfield, narrowing the side and removing width and pace from the wings, which is where Arsenal are at their most dangerous.

It’s a nice story but Wenger has the sense and logic to see the problems that Pedro would create, unless he’s thinking of axing a key midfielder from his first team, which is doubtful.

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