Premier League rivals land Barcelona star ahead of Arsenal

Arsenal have been linked with a move to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona in recent windows, but Aston Villa have secured his loan signature.

The Gunners are believed to have been following him for some time, having failed to live up to the fee paid for him to sign from Liverpool in 2018.

We all remember how strong the Brazilian was for the Reds, and it would have been no surprise if Mikel Arteta had decided to bring him back to England, but are failings with Willian could well have left doubts in our minds, and that may well have opened the door for Villa to swoop in instead.

The Villains have agreed a loan deal until the end of the campaign where he will play under his former team-mate Steven Gerrard, who replaced Dean Smith in recent months.

We may well be looking to strengthen other areas of the team, with a striker and a central midfielder on our wish-list a present, but ultimately our wealth of in-form options on the wings and in behind the striker may well have hampered our efforts to land Coutinho.

I personally think Coutinho would have been an interesting addition, but his wage would likely have been excessive especially when you consider both Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe would likely hold onto their first-team roles ahead of him.

Do you believe Couts could have earned his way ahead of some of our impressive crop? Who do you think would be most at risk of losing minutes if we’d landed him?


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  1. Hardly surprising seeing as Stevie G is at the helm! Intrigued to see how he does – whether he’ll spend half of it injured or he’ll roll back the years and score a worldie against the scousers – one can hope!

  2. He was a gamble. Currently our attacking midfielders are doing so well that ESR comes from bench.

  3. Sensible pick-up for Villa as Gerrard knows him well and will know what he needs to succeed.

    Never thought he was a good fit at Arsenal – both in terms of taking playing time away from ESR and Odegaard as well as Arteta’s tough love approach.

  4. One transfer I was hoping we can pass. Another is dembele, man is 80% injured all the time. We are entering that time of the season where we need everybody. We should do everything to sign isak. Man is a beast and a team player too. I would have said vlahovic but he doesn’t want to come. We need only players that want to be here. Douglas Luiz is also a mo brainer if he’s available. Premier league proven.

  5. Never ever saw Coutinho as an Arsenal player, well I assume Aston Villa could be confident enough to sell Douglas Luiz to Arsenal now,

    It would really be a good acquisition as we lack muscle in the middle of the park.

  6. Good decision to pass it on. Excluding loan fee Villa are paying him 150k a week.
    Don’t need another Trojan horse Kia player.

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