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Happy Birthday to Arsenal loan star Pedro Roberto Silva

There are not a lot of details about Arsenal's summer signing Pedro Roberto Silva, but I do know that he turns 18-years-old today.

The Brazilian midfielder was spotted by Arsenal's chief scout Gilles Grimandi and after a short trial in London was signed by the club from Figueirense during the summer for an undisclosed fee.

He returned to Brazil briefly before being loaned out to Spanish second division side Salamanca, where the Gunners' Mexican loanee Carlos Vela played last season. Vela is now at Osasuna in the Spanish top flight.

Given that Silva is as common a name as Smith or Brown in Brazil (and bearing in mind we already have Gilberto Silva and Eduardo da Silva), the birthday boy is known simply as Pedro, which surely can't be any less confusing in Spain, but then, what do I know?!

I haven't been able to find any footage of Pedro, but from the limited reports that I've seen, he is a left footed winger, who can also play left back, but is more suited to being an attacking midfielder, or even a striker. He is a dead ball specialist and it's thought that his prowess at free kicks and long-range shooting was one of the major reasons why Arsene Wenger signed him.

He has been likened in passing style to former Gunner Edu, while one report also drew comparisons to former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben. If he's anything like either player, then Arsene (and Grimandi) may have found another gem, but it's unlikely we'll get to see him in Arsenal colours until our pre-season games next summer, when hopefully he might line up alongside Carlos Vela when he also finally joins his Gunner team mates.

Happy Birthday Pedro, from all of us here at Arsenal Pies.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on December 14, 2007 10:30 AM in
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