Philippe Coutinho to Arsenal: 7 reasons why signing the Brazilian would be a smart move

Philippe Coutinho struggled at Bayern Munich during 2019/20

Philippe Coutinho's career has been on a downward spiral for the past few years.

The Brazilian initially looked as if he was going to thrive at Barcelona following his £142m move from Liverpool, but things quickly turned sour.

Coutinho was woeful for the Blaugrana in 2018/19 and was subsequently loaned to Bayern Munich for 2019/20, where he's also failed to meet expectation.

The German champions have no interest in keeping the 28-year-old and it's possible the Brazilian will return to the Premier League.

The Telegraph initially stated that Arsenal were looking at signing both Coutinho and Willian this summer, although their report now says the Gunners are only focusing on the latter.

Willian & Coutinho

We don't know whether Mikel Arteta's side will pursue Coutinho, but here are seven reasons as to why the deal - whether it be a loan or permanent - would be hugely beneficial for the north Londoners.

Premier League experience

Arsenal need to hit the ground running in 2020/21, so Coutinho's experience of action in the English top-flight would come in very handy.

Lest we forget, the guy was electric in his previous spell in the Premier League, scoring 41 goals and assisting 37 more in 152 league appearances for Liverpool.

Can play in multiple positions

Coutinho's best position is as a central number 10, the role which Arteta would surely hand him if he were to arrive at the club.

But he's also comfortable playing on either wing and has even operated as a deep-lying playmaker at times in his career. Plenty of options for the Arsenal manager.

Coutinho with Barcelona

A goal threat from midfield

The Gunners' 'threat' of goals from midfield in 2019/20 was nonexistent. As such, the club were hugely reliant on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

That needs to change and Coutinho is certainly a player who would help remedy that ailment, proven by the fact that he's scored 112 career goals with club and country. 

He brings something different to the table

How many times in 2019/20 did Arsenal's midfield look lifeless and bereft of ideas when faced with breaking down a team with men behind the ball? Far too many.

Coutinho would prove key in this regard. Whether it be a pinpoint long shot, a defence-splitting pass or a game changing piece of skill, the Brazilian is the solution to seeing off weaker teams that Arteta has been crying out for.

Coutinho with Liverpool

He will actually create chances

My word do Arsenal need someone who can create chances. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deserves better, especially given the fact he managed 22 Premier League goals with limited service in 2019/20.

Coutinho can certainly bring creativity. In his 152 Premier League appearances, he created 52 big chances, which is a more than tidy return. For reference, Mesut Ozil has created 65 big chances in his 184 league games with Arsenal.

Arsenal's Brazilian contingent

Working with Brazilian international teammates in David Luiz and - potentially - Willian every day would only be beneficial for both Coutinho and the camaraderie of the entire Arsenal squad.

The experienced trio would also be free to offer their advice and guidance to fellow young countryman, Gabriel Martinelli. A win-win, right?

David Luiz & Gabriel Martinelli

Has a point to prove

It sounds like a trivial point, but it's hard not to envisage Coutinho arriving back on English shores with the idea of seeking redemption in his head.

What better stage to prove all the doubters wrong than the Premier League, eh? Not to mention the fact that it would silence the Liverpool fans who've poked fun at his struggles since he departed the club.

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