Arsenal finished their season with a flourish, lifting the FA Cup last Saturday by beating Chelsea 2-1.

They look to be moving in the right direction under Mikel Arteta and a report from Spanish outlet Sport claims Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho is in advanced talks over a move to north London.

It would be a major move which could have repercussions for other members of Arteta’s squad and we’ve picked out three here…



Joe Willock

Arteta has been keen to give young players a chance and Willock has impressed in a red shirt.

Given that Coutinho would likely come in and play in an attacking midfield role, that could mean a lot less gametime for Willock.

That may well stunt his progression, although he would get the opportunity to learn alongside one of the world’s best creative midfielders.

He may need to adapt his game or be a bit more patient if Coutinho arrived.

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Matteo Guendouzi

Guendouzi looked to have slipped out of Arteta’s plans after the late 2-1 loss at Brighton soon after lockdown.

Having been left out of the FA Cup final squad, his hopes of a way back in at Arsenal look slim.

Those chances would recede even further if Coutinho came through the door.

That would be another midfielder to shunt him further down the pecking order and Arsenal may need outgoings to balance the books.

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Mesut Ozil

Ozil, like Guendouzi, wasn’t involved in the FA Cup final.

He will likely prove harder to shift because of his huge wages, but Coutinho won’t come cheap either.

The Brazilian’s arrival would further ramp up the pressure on Arsenal to clear Ozil off the wage bill.

Without Champions League cash, it’s hard to see how Arsenal could afford to pay two elite playmakers in their prime.

Coutinho’s arrival would likely accelerate Ozil’s potential departure.

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