Arsenal can sign their own Gareth Bale to ease Mikel Arteta pressure in January
Arsenal can sign their very own Gareth Bale in January after struggling for creativity and goals in the early part of the Premier League season. The Gunners found themselves bottom of the table after losing their opening three games but picked up back-to-back wins against Norwich City and Burnley respectively.
Despite the victories, Mikel Arteta’s side look short of ideas in front of goal and have staggeringly only managed to find the back of the net twice in the league this season.
Even winless Norwich limited Arsenal to just one goal at the Emirates Stadium earlier this month and pressure is continuing to mount on the manager.
But the Gunners could rediscover their scoring touch of days gone by if they land Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho in the new year.
The Catalans are in dire straights financially and are willing to allow the former Liverpool midfielder to depart on loan, according to Calciomercato.
Like Bale, Coutinho enjoyed a sensational spell in the Premier League before sealing a transfer to Spain.
Coutinho opted for Barcelona, while Bale chose Real Madrid – but both have had their struggles in La Liga.
Bale started his Real career well and did rack up plenty of goals.
But he fell out of favour under previous boss Zinedine Zidane amid a tumultuous fall from grace and even reportedly refused to play in a Champions League clash with Manchester City.
Bale didn’t play a La Liga game last season, instead spending the entire campaign on loan back to Spurs.
Coutinho, meanwhile, has been nothing short of a flop at the Nou Camp and has flattered to deceive for the majority of his Barca career.
He was also sent out on loan, joining Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 campaign.
Coutinho was a dominant figure during his days with Liverpool and almost helped steer the Merseyside club to the Premier League title in his first season at the club.
The 29-year-old was clearly suited to English football and, following his misery in Spain, may well welcome a move to Arsenal in January.
Arsenal are crying out for a creative player and Coutinho knows what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
One man who thinks the move would be beneficial for club and player is former Liverpool star John Barnes.
“A move to Arsenal would be a good one for Philippe Coutinho, if the possibility arises,” Barnes said in August.
“Currently, Mikel Arteta doesn’t have the level of players at Arsenal that can do what he wants them to, which is why he’s having a hard time translating his philosophy and getting players to adapt to what he wants.
“Phillipe Coutinho can do exactly what Arteta wants and would be a success at Arsenal.
“This whole notion that Arsenal can’t attract quality players is rubbish – they are still a big club.”