Arsenal make u-turn on signing Barcelona star, because they will land Willian

Arsenal has reportedly pulled out of the running for the signing of Philippe Coutinho as they expect to land Willian from Chelsea.

Daily Telegraph correspondent, Matt Law claims that the Gunners have insisted that they will not pursue a move for him in any kind of deal.

Coutinho has been declared surplus to requirements at Barcelona and as he enters the final month of his loan deal with Bayern Munich, the Brazilian will look at his options ahead of next season.

Arsenal has been one team that is consistently being linked with a move for him as he struggles to make an impact in Barcelona, but now they have turned their attention towards sealing a move for Willian instead.

Willian is available for free after refusing to sign a new two years deal with Chelsea because he wants a longer contract.

Arsenal has agreed to give him his desired contract duration and he should sign with them shortly.

Coutinho remains one of the most talented playmakers in the world at the moment, and he has continued his fine reputation by scoring 8 goals and providing 6 assists in 23 league games for Bayern Munich this season.

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11 Comments

  1. benex says:

    Picking a player that will be 32 in days over someone in his prime year is ridiculous, Where are we actually heading to with this kind of players, cause I can’t really understand, when Arsenal turn a retirement Club.

    1. ACE says:

      SMFH

      In what futboling universe could
      AFC sign PC to a 3-4 yr deal @
      around £100K without shelling
      out an astronomical transfer fee?

      Arsenal arent in a finacial position
      to aggresively recruit the likes of
      PC, Fekir, Aouar, Chiesa, Grealish,
      Havertz etc. This is why the addition
      of Willian is a brilliant piece of
      business. The Brazilians positional
      flexibility allows MA to employ him
      either on the wings are in an
      advanced #10 role. As I and many
      others on this site have mentioned
      ad naseum Willian is the farthest
      thing from.a Chlesea reject and
      more than capable of dominating
      games in NL come next season.

    2. Skills1000 says:

      Funny statement. A retirement club. I think Arsenal is looking at the cost. Coutinho will be a loan signing at best. An expensive one. If we get Thomas Partey and Willian, we can push for Ceballos Also.
      Some want arteta to go back to a 433 system. I think we can use both the 352(for strong opponents like Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool) and 433(for weak opponents) formations next season

      352

      Saliba. Luiz. Tierney

      Bellerin Partey Ceballos Xhaka Saka

      Pepe Aubameyang

      Ceballos playing as a link BTW defence and attack.

      A 433 formation

      Bellerin Saliba. Holding Tierney

      Xhaka Partey Ceballos

      Pepe. Aubameyang. Willian

      So we may not need Coutinho. Thomas Partey signing is a must

      We should be talking to the Turkish club to look at an option of loaning out Ozil.
      Sell Socratis, Guendouzi, Mhykhytaryan, Elneny.
      Loan out Nketiah and William to premier league side.
      Bring in smith Rowe into the first team.
      In summary, what we need now is to sign Partey and Ceballos(loan or permanent)

      1. Skills1000 says:

        Loan out Willock I mean to say

      2. ACE says:

        Cant see to many clubs lining up
        to take Socratis, El Neny or Ozil
        off our hands. Loan deals may
        be feasible for all three.

        Miki, I believe will stay @ Roma
        for another season.

        Guendouzi, although talented will
        not fetch £40M in this Pandemic
        window. A swap deal plus possible
        cash in either direction is a more
        likely scenario.

        I agree with the loan moves for
        Willock, Nkietah and add Nelson.

        ESR should be with the first team

        AND a Partey, Gabriel, Ceballos
        end to the window would be
        wonderful business by the club.

    3. Rory johnson says:

      And how do you know willian is not in his prime years? Did you do sprint training with him?? Not everyone peaks the same and if you go by goals then willian IS in his prime…

  2. Declan says:

    And if contract is 3 plus 1 and not 2 plus 1 as I have seen, it shows we haven’t learnt from our mistakes.

    1. ACe says:

      By that logic, seemingly based
      SOLELY on the age of the player
      than why arent Arsenal fans across
      the globe questioing the boards
      decision on Aubas extension?

      Surely the Gabonese hitman cant
      keep this scintillating form up into
      his early thirties if Willian has already
      proved to be incapable by some
      Arsenal fans.

      Which one is it?

  3. osman says:

    the only thing we need now as fans of arsenal is to pressurize the board to fast track the deal of partey. if not we will face the same to that of the past season, the deployment of midfield last season was so poor that led to exposure of our defence.
    we have a very good attacking force compared to any attack in europe, the weakness of our attack is from the midfield because there is no perfect connection from the midfielders to the attackers, now we have started to bring in formidable players into the midfield which is willian and also just one more defender who i will prefer gabriel from lile then our squard will compete for any trophy coming next season

    1. Skills1000 says:

      I agree with you Osman.The board should act fast. As a matter of fact, that is the most important signing we will be making. It should be prioritized. 45m pounds is not much for Strong DM like Thomas Party. he is a good passer. Very Strong and can move with the ball. He wants to play for arsenal as well. He has the physique and height. I watched his game against Liverpool. He is top quality.

  4. osman says:

    partey is all we need now………….please let us strike for partey

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