Barcelona ace Pedro comments on Arsenal speculation

Pedro Rodriguez Spain

Arsenal have been monitoring Pedro’s situation at the Nou Camp, according to recent reports.

Barcelona ace Pedro has played down reports linking him with a move to Arsenal by assuring the Nou Camp faithful of his intentions to stay with the La Liga giants.

The 27-year-old winger has been restricted to appearances on the substitutes’ bench this season as the Catalan club opt for a front-three of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Behind the South American trio, Pedro is in competition with the likes of Andres Iniesta and youngster Munir El Haddadi, who has been handed a number of starts after breaking into the first-team.

As a result, speculation has been rife over Pedro's future, and Premier League duo Liverpool and Arsenal are the latest names to do the rounds in the papers.

It’s difficult to see why the Gunners would want the Spanish international, despite his obvious ability, due to the surplus of attacking talent currently available to boss Arsene Wenger.

Nevertheless, ahead of the January transfer window questions are always likely to be asked, and Pedro responded to the links by confirming his desire to remain with his boyhood club.

“Rumours in England about Arsenal interest? I have no plans to leave. I am comfortable here, I want to remain here and have a great year at Barca,” he told Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo.

Pedro has started eight La Liga matches this season – plus seven appearances from the bench – scoring three goals and adding a further two assists in the process.

His biggest individual achievement with the club came during the Champions League success in 2011 as he opened the scoring in the 3-1 victory over Manchester United at London's Wembley Stadium.

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