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How will Coutinho fit in at Arsenal: Arteta’s new look 4-2-3-1 formation

English outlet, Express are reporting that Arsenal are considering a loan deal for Barcelona’s record signing, Philippe Coutinho. The report indicates that Coutinho might have to take a pay cut if he wishes to join Arsenal. Barcelona, on the other hand, might prefer to sell the Brazilian but it is unlikely that any club would take a gamble on the former Liverpool man.

With Willian also rumoured to be signing a contract with Arsenal, Arteta is slowly but surely building a squad that fits his style and tactics. He would also need to make additional investments in defence as it is Arsenal’s weakest area on the pitch. But Coutinho’s purchase can solve a gaping hole in Arsenal’s attack which is the number 10 role previously occupied by Mesut Ozil. Coutinho’s loan deal would allow Arteta to play a 4-2-3-1 formation which would currently fit in all of Arsenal’s best attackers. If you are a betting person, you might bet that Arteta would play the 4-3-3 formation just like his mentor Guardiola but that has not been the case so far. Speaking of betting, if you are interested in it, check out 1xbet promo code.

Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 formation with Coutinho

 

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Express is the source of this transfer rumour and the English outlet are a Tier 5 source in our Football Transfer Sources Reliability Guide. A Tier 5 source is highly unreliable and not to be trusted unless other more reliable media source pick up the story

 

Arteta’s eventual goal might be to play with a 4-3-3 formation or some other interpretation of it in alignment with Pep Guardiola and with the formation’s master himself, Johann Cruyff. For the 4-3-3 to work, Arteta would need 3 highly versatile attackers and also a strong midfield whose qualities complement each other. The current set of midfielders at Arsenal would make it hard for Arteta to play a midfield 3, so in the short term future, the 4-2-3-1 formation might be the one he chooses to play just like he has done this season.

For Coutinho, this might be a great move to reignite his career which has completely stalled after his move from Liverpool to Barcelona. He played his best football while at Liverpool both in a 4-3-3 formation or a 4-2-3-1 formation. He was effective both cutting in from the left and as a number 10 while at Liverpool and this versatility would be something Arteta would like to use as he tries out different formations at Arsenal. If Lacazette is injured or out of form, Arteta can move Aubameyang to the striker role and let Coutinho play on the left supported by the improving Kieran Tierney. With the FA Cup win, Arteta has gotten off to a good start and a good transfer window might just be the trigger for more success.

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