A product of Barcelona’s academy, he was a part of the 2010 world cup winning team of Spain and for long has been a vital member of the Barca’s lineup. Pedro Rodriguez made his debut for Barcelona on January 12 2008 against Real Murcia and has gone on to amass 174 appearances and scored 53 goals. He has however found himself on the fringes of first team and his option is to move. With the attacking trio of Messi, Neymar, and Suarez, there is no way he could possibly be preferred over them save for injury. And even if one of them is injured, there are competitors who are much younger and posses the zeal and passion that seems to have left his game.
Therefore, the time to leave is now. He is only going to get older, (already he is 27) and competition will keep springing up. And if he were to really think about it, it’s time for a new challenge. After all he has won almost everything to be won with Barcelona, and testing himself on a new stage should be the next step in his career, and where else to look at if not the premier league. For one, Arsenal have always had an interest in him, and he should seriously think about turning out for the gunners. There definitely won’t be any competition in place as Rosicky and Cazorla are ageing and Podolski is likely to leave. This frees competition up and the fact is he would fit in smoothly, as Arsenal is a team that plays his kind of football. He should therefore find it easy to regain the ostensibly missing components of his game which have limited his playing time in Barcelona.
Of course, he has other options in terms of clubs to sign for, but Arsenal still are his best bet. He should take a cue from his former team mate, Sanchez who since signing for the gunners has been leading their charge in attack. Sanchez has been allowed to roam free, and he iis arguably going to be a driving force for Arsenal, as his inclusion in the team will certainly see them finish in the top four at the end of the season , if not winning the league( that would seem a pipe dream though). Si while he could sign up with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd or Man City, and possibly move to Germany, Arsenal will still be the only team where he could fit in and be able to replicate and if possible surpass his form of previous seasons. The fact that he is available for €25 million should be a boost to Wenger, who should try his utmost best to either snap him up during the January transfer window or the summer. One way or the other, Pedro will turn out to be an astute signing on the part of Wenger and Arsenal fans would be pleased to see him strutting his stuff in the Emirates.