Samba ace Philippe Coutinho is a player who Mikel Arteta believes would be a massive hit at Arsenal — and Gunners fans are thrilled at the prospect of the Brazilian pitching up at the Emirates Stadium. Former Liverpool attacker Coutinho, who is aged 27, is being heavily linked with a switch to the Gunners when a loan stint at Bayern Munich ends with parent club Barcelona seemingly desperate to offload the player given their terrible financial situation in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. They splashed out a whopping £145million on the South American talent but he has been far from a hit with the Catalan giants. And not that much better with the Germans.
Arsenal fans are said to be delighted that the tricky forward will join their ranks in time for the new season once this term has been resumed after the suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Supporters will be looking to place a bet on the Gunners claiming a Champions League spot and leading software for bookies services face an upsurge in demand once football returns.
If Coutinho were to join the London giants, Arteta has told of just how he could improve his ability and effectiveness in the Gunners’ side. Indeed, national newspaper and media outlets are reporting that the Arsenal head coach has “already confirmed” Coutinho as a transfer target and is said to be confident he can get the best out him.
Gooners say Coutinho would fit in really well with Arteta’s tactics and desire to play expansive football. Adrian Lucas, a season ticket holder at the Emirates Stadium, said:
“We saw from Coutinho’s time with Liverpool just what an amazing player he is and there is very reason to think that Mikel can work with him to enhance sour chances of success. He has lost his way somewhat after dismal stints at Barca and not faring too well at Bayern either. Going forward we have always tried to be exciting and with him in the ranks you can see that this philosophy wouldn’t change.”
Another Brazilian whetting the appetite of Arsenal supporters is young striker Gabriel Martinelli, who has returned to training and looked very sharp and strong in the videos that the club has posted on its official website. Martinelli, who is still only 18, burst on to the scene as the season progressed and his stand-out goal in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge helped bring him to the attention of the football public. And Lucas added:
“Gabby is only going to get better and if you see how he has developed physically you know that he is a prospect that we will see more and more from. He is an exciting player and to see him back in action will be fantastic — whenever that is!”