Arsenal legend gives verdict on who they should prioritise among these two targets

Martin Keown believes that it will be safer for Arsenal to land Willian from Chelsea than for the Gunners to land former Liverpool man, Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho and Willian have both been linked with a move to Mikel Arteta’s team this summer as the Spaniard looks to add some star power to his new side.

Willian will be free to join the Gunners after he ran down his contract at Chelsea, but Coutinho has struggled for form and consistency since he left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018.

The Catalans have given up on him ever making it as their player and they are looking to ship him out again this season after sending him on loan to Bayern Munich last summer.

Arsenal will want more creativity as they cannot get that from Mesut Ozil at the moment and that has made them pursue a deal for Coutinho and Willian.

Because of the financial restrictions brought about by covid19, the Gunners might not be able to sign both players and Keown thinks they should pick Willian if they have to choose one.

“Coutinho has been linked with virtually everybody and seems, if I am honest, a bit unsettled,” former Gunners defender Keown told The Mirror.

“I think Willian is a safer bet. He’s in the capital, he knows the Premier League very well and he’s a top performer. I think it’s a huge loss for Chelsea.”

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  1. Martin Keown is a little pathetic and here’s why!
    What needs to be done by Arsenal before anything else:
    1. To extend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract.
    2. To sell Mesut Özil, Mattéo Guendouzi, Alexandre Lacazette, Lucas Torreira, Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Hector Bellerin, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and even David Luiz.
    3. To solve Dani Ceballos situation.
    4. To bring first Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhães, Dayot Upamecano
    and finally, maybe
    5. To bring Willian for almost 2 year contract with minimum wage possible.

      1. Dan Burcea, there is nothing “pathetic about Martin Keown. He is entitled to his opinion on a transfer situation, which is totally independent of the issues you discuss.
        You too are entitled to your opinion also, but you demean yourself, when you belittle an Arsenal great.

        1. It’s not about disrespect, but about inability to see the pointlessness of somme transfers and the emergency of extending Aubameyang’s contract!
          If Aubameyang doesn’t sign, Willian or Coutinho arrival is in vain! Both players are wanted by Arteta, but totally useless without Aubameyang, around whom the whole reconstruction begins!
          Sorry if something else was understood!

  2. A few responses…

    Miki has been loaned for another
    year to Roma and his contract will
    inevitably be terminated. No Sale

    What clubs are willing to match
    the astronomical wages of Ozil,
    Kola, and Socratis? Unless there
    willing to take substantial pay cuts
    they wont be moved on.

    Why would Arsenal entertain selling
    both Holding and Luiz, the only
    two experienced CB’s that barring
    preseason injuries will be fit for the
    EPL opener. Mari, CC, and Mustafi
    wont be available, and even the
    most glass half full Gunner would
    be a little apprehensive about two
    EPL rookies, Saliba and Gabriel being
    the first choice CB on opening

    Nobody is going to pay £40M for
    MG. Either use him in a potential
    swap deal or loan him out with first
    BB rights.

    The DC situation becomes a moot
    point if Arsenal are serious about
    signing both PC and Partey. The
    Spaniard is a brilliant player but
    wont resign with Arsenal to sit on
    the bench

    I do agree that HB should be moved
    on but with AMN being put up
    for sale I just dont see that sale

  3. Dont understand the hostility towards Keown. If we have to choose between Willian and Coutinho, Willian is much safer. This is a fact. Coutinho hasn’t performed since 2018, and he only had one consistent season with Liverpool is what people always forget. Willian is less wages, consistently plays, has winning experience (no offense to winning the Bayernliga). There are a lot of creative midfielders floating around right now. Would be smarter to get somebody that is young and can also hit the ground running. Coutinho has flopped at Bayern and Barca. It is risky to get him…

  4. Extend auba’s contract, sell of lacca,ozil, Maitland-niles,mustafi,Luiz and bring in partey, Gabriel,William and Rodriguez and may be coutinho if his wagedy won’t be so higher.

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