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Pedro signing for Arsenal would make no sense

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Momentum is building ahead of January with Arsene Wenger already confirming he plans to make additions when the transfer window opens.

Arsenal's defence seems to be top of the agenda with an injury crisis already exposing the lack of depth in the area. Having spent almost £70 million net in the summer, it is reported that Wenger may have as little as £20 million to spend on additions.

That is likely to be more than the majority of Premier League clubs will have in their war chest, but probably significantly less than Arsenal's immediate rivals. It is, therefore, baffling, that Arsenal continue to be linked with Barcelona ace Pedro.

The reports that Arsenal are interested in Pedro have emanated from Spanish news website Fichajes. While British tabloids like Metro, the Daily Express and the Daily Star have no problem with lifting information from the website, any news story linked back to them needs to be taken with a truckload of salt.

The reports linking Pedro with a move to the Premier League have been around for a while and Arsenal's name continually crops up. But now, more than ever, a move for the 27-year-old would be a mad way to spend what limited funds Wenger has.

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While Pedro is undoubtedly a quality player and would be worth the reported £25 million Barcelona want for him, his presence in the Arsenal squad would only cause problems.

Arsenal's options on the forward flanks have never been more plentiful with Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain vying for place. Serge Gnabry is also ready to break through form the youth team.

In the world of Wenger himself, signing Pedro would no doubt kill one of the above players and, with the likes of Sanchez already in the squad, it is unlikely Pedro would bring something to Arsenal that they don't already have.

Consequences

Not signing Pedro could potentially give Manchester United a free run at the player. Louis van Gaal has also been linked with the player also and he would likely improve the Red Devils.

That is a dilemma for Wenger, who knows there is a thin line between finishing fourth and fifth in the current Premier League. However, he didn't hesitate to reject Cesc Fabregas when it was obvious the alternative was seeing his former captain join Chelsea.

Selling

Of course this all depends on whether Barcelona are actually willing to sell. It is important to remember that Luis Enrique will not be able to sign a player until 2016 and will be keen to keep his squad together.

Munir El Haddadi is coming through the youth academy and Neymar is obviously always going to be ahead of both. Pedro himself is also rumoured to be unhappy with his position in the squad, but Barcelona have final say on his future until his contract expires in 2017.

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