Don't think so. Would imagine it was tactical. Pedro brings a different set of skills. Cesc-Cazorla-Iniesta-Silva probably too similar.
I love Santi, but why the hell is he (or Silva for that matter) starting over Mata. Of all the guys Arsene's almost signed and hasn't, Mata might be #1 for me. Mainly because we were so damn close.
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