Barcelona's dominance over the last few years can be largely underpinned by the partnership between Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

The two Spaniards are masters at the pass-and-move style that has defined the Catalan team in their glory years, and Lionel Messi aside, the majority of success can be traced back to the boots of either one of the two, often both. 

Nothing lasts forever though, and as they say, all good things must come to an end.

Whilst Iniesta will be odds on to still be running the show for a few seasons to come, his partner in crime is now 33-years-old and the slow decay of his natural abilities is beginning to set in.

With that in mind Barcelona have already began to scour Europe for potential replacements, and here's where we arrive at the focal point of the opinion.

Arsenal can lay claim to arguably the best young midfield pairing around at this moment of time in Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey and, surprise surprise, they've both been targeted by Barcelona.

Whilst for the minute the idea of moving to compete for a starting spot against the best midfielders in the world may not seem all too appealing, particularly not for an upcoming player desperate for pitch time, in the majestic cauldron of the Nou Camp, both Wilshere and Ramsey could hone their skills and fully realise their immense potential.

The duo are used to playing the silky passing game that is so excellently showcased at Barca, and both have traits that together make them remarkably similar to Xavi and Iniesta.

At Arsenal Ramsey and Wilshere, who are 22 and 21 respectively, have already established themselves as first-team regulars and, as one would expect, are steadily becoming the players that Arsene Wenger envisaged they would.

However I for one fear that there is a limit for them at the Emirates. Under Wenger they can hope to challenge for the Premier League, and will always consistently play in Europe.

At Barcelona however they could take their careers further than the ceiling that may cap them whilst they remain in England.

The man who has overseen their development and so masterfully crafted them thus far is, in my opinion, the only reason they should remain in north London. But you get the feeling that Arsene Wenger is in the twilight of his career with the Gunners, and could move on to pastures new regardless of whether or not this season is a successful one.

Playing alongside the likes of Messi is something that Wilshere and Ramsey should both aspire to achieve, and in joining the Catalan giants they would be cementing their place amongst the world elite.

Either one would slot nicely into the Barca set up, and in a sense the football that Wenger has engineered into their systems has set them on a path that leads directly to Spain.

Both Ramsey and Wilshere are set for great futures, no matter where they end up.

But while at Arsenal they are the stars of a side whose fortunes can change over the course of a few games, at Barcelona they would be guaranteed to become key figures in a side that's yearly status as major players in Europe is almost as assured as Lionel Messi's inclusion in the Ballon d'Or nominations.

For now the best partnership in the world belongs to Barcelona; Xavi and Iniesta.

Is it at all feasible to suggest that in three years time the best partnership in the world could also play for Barcelona; Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey?

It may not be feasible, but if either play has ambition to match their skill it should become a reality.

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