According to Sport, Arsenal are interested in Philippe Coutinho and his agents are on their way to London. They are positive that a potential loan deal can take place between both clubs. Coutinho does not fit in with Xavi’s future plans at Barcelona and can soon switch his club. He has started just five times this season and scored twice in those games.
Arsenal are looking very good with their form but will want to improve even further from here. They need more players who are more experienced with top-flight football. Moreover, to win trophies, squad depth is one of the most important things as the games are coming quickly in recent times.
Philippe Coutinho is now out of favor at Barcelona and is very likely to be transferred out. He has made 16 appearances for the club this season and has scored just two goals and made no assists. It seems that he also needs a fresh start elsewhere to get his career back on track. Barcelona signed Philippe Coutinho for £142 million and he has shown very little for that price tag.
He was one of the best players in the league when he played for Liverpool. However, his performance declined at Barcelona. However, he had a good loan spell at Bayern Munich and can do the same for Arsenal. Moreover, the Catalans can also use some money in return for the transfer as they are facing a big financial crisis. Barcelona’s wage bill will also get a little lighter after Coutinho’s departure.
What does Philippe Coutinho have to offer Arsenal?
Philippe Coutinho is evidently one great playmaker and is excellent at shooting from outside the box. He has done this time and time again at Liverpool and was one of their key players at one point. The Brazilian can also play as a wide winger or an attacking midfielder. He is also great at taking set-pieces and can be a regular goalscorer if he finds his mojo back.
Arsenal is one of the clubs who scores beautiful team goals and they can use some help from Coutinho in linkup plays. In his last full season in the English top-flight, he scored 13 goals and assisted 7 in 31 appearances. He could have managed better numbers but unfortunately, he faced some injuries and missed some matches.
Arsenal are on the verge to become a regular challenger for the top four and will also want to win the FA Cup and EFL Cup. However, to fulfill this they need depth in their squad. Players like Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard can use some rest and also learn from Coutinho who has more experience. Moreover, he also had some very good moments in the league which can help Arsenal.
Since Mikel Arteta has approved of Coutinho’s arrival at Arsenal then the manager is likely to have a plan that includes the Brazilian. Moreover, Arsenal is a team that likes to attack and play good football and this is where Coutinho could enjoy his life. It is highly unlikely that an already developed will take Coutinho. However, a developing club like Arsenal can really profit from Coutinho’s skill and help them win silverware.
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