Blow for Arsenal as managerial change set to hamper transfer bid

Arsenal have been strongly linked with a bid to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer, but with Ronald Koeman expected to arrive as new head coach, that move could well be off.

The Gunners did complete a move to sign Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea, after his club refused to offer him his desired three-year deal, and he will be a big boost to our squad for the upcoming campaign, although there is reports claiming that he could well be returned to play in a more central role in behind the striker.

That move would mean that we could still have further room for options on the wing, and Coutinho was believed to be high on our wishlist also.

That may no longer be an option however, with Barcelona about to undergo a change in management, with Ronald Koeman set to take over the reigns from Quique Setien, and he will reassess his squad on his arrival, Football.London claims.

With fans across the globe having watched our on-loan forward Philippe Coutinho bag himself a brace off the bench against his own side in the Champions League demolition by Bayern, he may well have earned himself another shot for his parent club.

The Brazilian played his part in eliminating Barcelona from the Champions League semi-final earlier this week, as his parent club were beaten 8-2, and this defeat is believed to have angered bosses into considering wholesale changes supposedly, according to Sport.es

Will Koeman return Coutinho back into the Barcelona fold if given the coaching job?

Patrick

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9 Comments

  1. Grandad says:

    Regardless of who is Manager at Barca, we should not contemplate taking Coutinho on loan for three reasons.Firstly his huge salary which in terms of a loan would probably translate in an outlay of 12/15m for one season.Secondly our limited resources should not be utilized on non priority areas when we desperately need a DM and CB.Thirdly, far better to invest by buying a young talented AM with the potential for huge resale value and hopefully years of good service to Arsenal.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      👍 Grandad, I agree 100%. Coutinho is too great a risk for Arsenal.
      Coutinho is more a Koeman type player and I hope he helps Coutinho resurrect his career at Barcelona.

    2. RSH says:

      We’re totally in sync with the positions we need filling, Grandad. And yes, a young AM, that can score goals is exactly what we need. For all the Coutinho talk, people also forget his best position is LW too.

      1. ken1945 says:

        Doesn’t ESR fit that role, or dare I suggest Martinelli even?

        1. Protiq says:

          if PEA still play LW, then Martinelli shall deputize him, IF captain wants play as ST, then make Martinelli starter.

          Only thing we need is a pacey playmaker to match our front three’s speed and one B2B to feed that playmaker like, sorry for doing it, ozil-cazorla pivot feeding sanchez-giroud-walcott. Only problem was giroud was not first enough.

  2. Thomo says:

    We don’t need coutinho

  3. Dylan Moore says:

    Oh no, so you’re saying that player we were never interested in, is now unavailable??? Ohhhhh nooooo

    1. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

      😂😂😅

  4. ClassyGunner says:

    I am happy to receive this transfer blow as I never wanted him. Thanks Barca.

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