With Liverpool reportedly braced for a new bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, we consider whether the 25-year-old’s potential move to La Liga has an impact on Arsenal.
On the surface, Coutinho joining Barcelona doesn’t really effect Arsenal. In fact, our rivals will suddenly have over £118m in their pockets. However, Liverpool losing their best player could definitely work in the Gunners’ favour, especially when it comes to finishing in the top four.
Despite wanting to leave for the entirety of the season so far, Coutinho has still played well (take note, Alexis). In fact, he’s scored 12 goals and provided nine assists in 20 appearances over all competitions. Therefore, without him, Jurgen Klopp’s side would really struggle.
Although Liverpool have still managed to win six out of the eight Premier League matches he’s not been involved in this season, over the course of a whole campaign, not having such an influential player could take it’s toll.
If Coutinho signs for Barcelona in January, Liverpool’s results could seriously go down hill, weakening their chances of finishing in the top four, and theoretically giving Arsene Wenger’s side a chance to nick a spot.
Although the Merseyside club are above Arsenal in the league, it’s not by much.
Alternatively, the Gunners could face the same struggle if Alexis Sanchez signs for Manchester City.