Arsenal’s strong Barcelona decision signals turning point in Edu’s new transfer strategy – Bailey Keogh

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Arsenal’s Coutinho snub has epitomised the major change that the north London side are currently going through, which is seeing the club grow closer to the glory years in the early 2000s.

According to Sport, Coutinho had been offered to the Gunners for a transfer in the January transfer window, but the club have their doubts about securing his signature.

The Barcelona midfielder has been linked to the club many times in the past, and it has previously been the Gunners that had been pushing for a transfer, but they failed to persuade him to join the club.

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However, the tides have now changed as the report from Sport also claims that Coutinho’s agents view Arsenal as the preferred destination.

If this proposal was bought forward two years ago, then it was likely to be a deal that the north London side would have pushed to complete.



Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past.
Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past.

It seemed Arsenal were completing their transfer business through a single agent in Kia Joorabchian, who was a focal point for the Gunners in the transfer windows between 2019-2020.

This agent was the reason the Gunners had signed David Luiz and Willian from Chelsea, with the latter being one of the worst signings in the club’s history, as the Brazilian managed just one goal across the whole season in 2020/2021.

Coutinho is also represented by Joorabchian, which is why he was heavily linked with a move to the club, but he instead decided to join Bayern Munich in 2019.



Barcelona are reportedly willing to allow Coutinho to leave.
Barcelona are reportedly willing to allow Coutinho to leave.

However, the 2021 summer transfer window saw Mikel Arteta add six new players to the squad , which totaled to around £149m being spent.

Despite all the new signings being at the age of 23 or under, they have been magnificent and have created a new identity at the club.

Arsenal have a bright future, and it is due to Arteta’s trust in the signatures of the young players, who have been the main reason why the Gunners currently sit in the top four positions.

Coutinho is a player that the Gunners would have signed last season or the year before, but now Arteta is taking the club in a different direction, and the youthful approach is certainly working a treat, with the club fighting for Champions League qualification.

The Fans and club officials seem to be in agreement that the Brazilian midfielder is not the correct signing for Arsenal, especially when you consider the emergence of Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard who have been excelling in the midfield positions.

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