Mikel Arteta has breathed new life into Arsenal and set up a club that may be pushing for silverware in the near future, but they can’t get carried away with summer signings
With Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette both out of contract at the end of the season, a striker is high on the north London team’s shopping list. A defensive midfielder is also expected to arrive at Emirates Stadium to step in alongside Thomas Partey – possibly as a backup Xhaka granitewho is interesting for AS Roma.
But those aren’t the only two positions Arteta would be keen to recruit. arsenal were linked with a move to attack playmaker Phillipe Coutinho, adding another No.10 to their ranks.
Accordingly Sports, the Gunners are planning a move for the Brazilian, who has gotten his career back on track after a loan move to Aston Villa. Steven Gerrard’s side are believed to have the first dibs Barcelona Borrowers and are in a position to permanently defer the £33.57million loan but Arsenal are preparing a move to steal the former Liverpool star out of range.
However, questions must be raised as to why Arsenal need Coutinho and how he will fit into their plans. Currently, Arteta has a plethora of creative stars who are benefiting from regular playtime at the First Leagueand therefore the arrival of another will push them further down the pecking order.
Coutinho can play both as a left winger and as an attacking midfielder, so he will be fighting for a spot at the Emirates Stadium with Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard. This trio have all played a key role in Arsenal’s success so far this season, with their youthful freshness causing many problems for the defence.
Buyako Saka is one of the first names on the squad list under Arteta and the England right winger and as such it is highly unlikely that any of the above players will play on that wing following the arrival of Coutinho. Arteta was handed £150million to spend over the summer and the club’s higher powers bought into his vision and project, if it was the former everton Midfielder has that budget to work with again at the end of the season, then he could spend it on far more necessary players.
Stealing Coutinho from Villa – who one would assume is keen to keep him – would certainly diminish the quality of a potential rival. The Villa Park group are working on their own project and hope to qualify for Europe in the near future, with their owners more than willing to provide the funds.
Gerrard spoke about Coutinho’s potential permanent move earlier this season, stressing that a decision is not set in stone. He said: “It makes no sense for me to make any decisions now. When he’s in the right place physically, when he’s comfortable and happy and enjoying his football, we all know we’re dealing with a world-class talent.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/arsenal-transfer-mikel-arteta-coutinho-26514541 Mikel Arteta needs to consider how the 'world class' transfer target fits into his Arsenal plans