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Arsene Wenger surprised Pedro signed for Chelsea

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he was surprised to see Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez sign for Chelsea.

The Spanish winger had been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United for several weeks before Jose Mourinho swooped in with a €30million bid.

There is no consensus on what happened. Manchester United claim they pulled out of negotiations while other reports have suggested Pedro rejected the chance to move to Old Trafford.

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Whatever the reason for Pedro's eventual decision, Wenger admits he was just as surprised as everyone to see him make the move to Stamford Bridge.

"It was a surprise to me," the Frenchman told reporters when asked about the move. "I thought he was landing in Manchester and he lands in London."

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Speculation

Pedro's move to the Premier League brings an end to two years of speculation. The 28-year-old has been linked with an exit from Barcelona on a consistent basis ever since Neymar arrived from Santos in 2013.

With Arsenal seen as something of a beta version of Barcelona, they were naturally linked with a move for Pedro for much of the intervening time. However, when push came to shove, the Gunners were firmly on the periphery.

Plenty of options

Wenger admits that Arsenal were never contacted by the La Liga champions with regards to Pedro, but also suggested that they had no interest in the player.

He continued: "We weren't offered Pedro. We have many players on the flanks."

With the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain already competing for wide roles, that comes of little surprise.

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