Arsenal Eyes Barcelona Star as Midfield Reinforcement for 2024

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Last year, Arsenal showed ambition in the midfield market. They targeted players like Moises Caicedo and secured Declan Rice for £105 million. However, Kai Havertz‘s performance hasn’t met expectations, leading Arsenal to consider additional midfield options. The club has linked names like Joao Palhinha, Martin Zubimendi, and Barcelona‘s Pedri to their list of targets.

Despite facing criticism, Arsenal remain a serious contender in the Premier League title race. Back-to-back defeats have not pushed them out of contention, demonstrating their progress. As the January transfer window opens, they aim to strengthen their squad. A striker and midfield reinforcements top their wishlist.

Arsenal’s Interest in Pedri

Spanish reports indicate Arsenal, Manchester City, and Bayern Munich‘s interest in signing Pedri from Barcelona. Concerns about Pedri’s injury history have cast doubt on his future with the La Liga club. Pedri’s current valuation stands at £87 million, but Barcelona might demand a higher price for the young talent.

Pedri’s rapid rise at Barcelona has been remarkable. Since 2020, the 21-year-old midfielder has played over 120 matches, showcasing his talent and potential at a young age. Pedri’s poise, elegance, and technical ability, combined with his playmaking skills, set him apart. Cesc Fabregas, a former Arsenal player, has compared him to Xavi and Iniesta, underlining high expectations for Pedri’s career.

If Arsenal secure Pedri, he would likely play in the left ‘8’ position, complementing Declan Rice’s style. While Pedri might not replace Granit Xhaka‘s goal-scoring, his passing range and creativity would perfectly match Rice’s dynamic approach.

Pedri vs. Declan Rice: A Perfect Midfield Partnership

Pedri and Declan Rice’s potential partnership could offer Arsenal a balanced and dynamic midfield. Moreover, Pedri’s creative playmaking pairs well with Rice’s defensive skills and precision passing.

Their 2023/24 season statistics per 90 minutes highlight their complementary strengths. Rice’s tackle and interception numbers surpass Pedri’s, but Pedri excels in key passes and shot-creating actions.

Pedri would enable Arsenal to unlock tight defenses with his pass success rate and scoring opportunity creation. Moreover, this skill is invaluable against teams employing a low defensive block.

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